Want to lose weight? Eat healthier?
Uh .. ok.
So … 3 meals a day or six? How many servings of fruit? Is high protein good? What about carbs?
Are you feeling overwhelmed and confused yet? The problem with saying you’re just going to “eat healthier” to lose weight is that can mean any number of things, and it is so vague that you can’t take specific action.
This leaves us feeling paralyzed with decision fatigue and often leads to no action at all.
Instead of trying to eat healthy, do these four specific actions below for fast ( and easy) weight loss results.
Eat protein at every meal.
- Protein keeps you fuller longer, regulates blood sugar and is not as easily stored as body fat like carbs and dietary fat.
- Instead of worrying about how many calories or how many meals to eat, start with just being sure to get a serving of protein every time you eat. Choose from complete options like animal meat, chicken, fish, greek yogurt, cottage cheese, tofu, tempeh, quinoa and so on.
Drink only water and black coffee or tea.
- Cutting out flavored beverages, soda, alcohol, coffee drinks etc. will help you reduce both your calories and sugar intake.
- Water is essential for weight loss and it also helps you look and feel better almost instantly.
Eliminate bread and pasta.
- If you can cut bread and pasta from your diet for just 30 days, you will notice and immediate difference in how you look and feel. You don’t have to avoid them forever, but this will help you reduce the amount of them in your diet.
- Replace those starchy carbs with better options like rice, oats, sweet potato, quinoa, etc. I bet you notice after just a few days you feel less bloated and have more energy.
Cut back on sugar.
- This is very tough because we encounter sugar every day. But remember, sugar should be a treat and not a meal. A donut is dessert, not breakfast!
- The less sugar you eat the less you crave it so work on cutting back and you’ll find you actually desire it a lot less and that makes resisting temptation a lot easier.
Trying to eat healthier can be so overwhelming because we don’t know exactly what to do that we end up doing nothing. Instead of just trying to eat healthier, focus on these four things.
They won’t give you overnight results, but added up over time you will look and feel better and find your desire for healthy foods increases. This can allow you to implement even more healthy habits to create long-term lifestyle change which is the best way to lose weight AND keep it off for good.