Ever heard of that saying “small things come in big packages”? Well, the same is true for achieving your weight-loss and fitness goals. It’s truly the little adjustments and details that you add and subtract to your lifestyle that will make the biggest differences. A little less sugar and calories from your favorite apple fritter and a little more fiber and nutrition from an actual apple is a quick, easy and painless swap in your diet that will save you up to 500 calories.
Many people break-up with their diets because they find themselves unsatisfied and hungry for more. Those people tend to start their diet in a big and unhealthy way by either eating smaller portions of the same fatty and sugar-filled or eliminating food altogether. Now don’t get me wrong, smaller portions of your favorite unhealthy foods are a good way to satisfy your tastebuds but by not incorporating healthy alternatives to fill you up with more nutrition and fewer calories, all you have essentially done is put yourself on a fast track to rebounding.
If you are just starting to diet or find yourself in the dreaded “yo-yo” diet cycle then take a couple of weeks to be aware of what you put in your body. Write it down, keep a food journal and calorie count. Take time to decide what items you could eat less of. Additionally, see what foods you could merge into your diet to offer you the most nutrition with the least amount of calories.
Keep in mind, one less apple fritter and one more apple can add up over time. Just like 10 lunges being a better step towards fitness than stretching for the remote. Those who commit to the small details and changes are better off in time than those who only have a spring fling with diet and fitness. If you’re up for a challenge, try only shopping around the perimeter of the grocery store where the bulk of proteins, vegetables, fruits and grains are. Only travel inside the isles for necessary spices, olive/coconut oil and goods that don’t have more than five ingredients on the ingredients list. Most of the ingredients list in processed foods are sugar, sodium, preservatives, dyes, and artificial flavors.
Hugs & Health!