There are hundreds if not thousands of advice on how to have a healthy diet. And in most cases, these pieces of advice would contradict each another.
You should know that each person responds differently to a certain diet. What works for you might not work for your friend and vice versa.
Some of the tips provided below might contradict with one another because you were not meant to do all of them. You just have to find out what works for you.
Here are 26 ways of eating healthily. Try them out and check which one works for you.
Fast for an 8 hour period
When our body is in a fasting state it tends to burn fat quickly. Or to be more precise, after not eating for at least 8 hours our bodies enter a fat burning state called ketosis. Our bodies burn stored fats to sustain itself. So if you’re looking to burn some fat, then you better try this diet out.
Eat whole foods
Unprocessed food will give you the most benefits. Processing foods will take out their natural nutrients leaving you with an edible but less nutritious meal. Also processed foods may contain preservatives which aren’t really good for your health. So try eating some freshly grown carrots or some fresh fruits.
Try the Mediterranean diet
Do what the Greeks do. Eat a meal with fish, fresh vegetables, and a glass of delicious wine. Research shows that the Mediterranean diet can help lower the risk of heart disease.
Look at the back of the product
Look at the back of the product, it contains all the ingredients used to make it.
A lot of “healthy” foods in the market may contain artificial preservatives. To avoid this look at the ingredients of the product to determine if it’s actually good for you or not.
Take it slow. Don’t chow down on your food like you’re in some kind of all you can eat buffet. Savor every meal by savoring every bite. Research shows that eating slowly can trick your brain that your stomach is full. This means you’ll be eating fewer calories and still feel full.
Eat some crunchy foods
And by crunchy foods, we don’t mean chocolate bars and candies. No, we’re talking about celery, peas, peanuts, and apples. These foods take a long time to eat and they take a long time to digest. Which means you won’t go hungry and you won’t eat more calories that your body can’t handle.
Don’t skip meals
Some people don’t have the discipline and the willpower to try diets that involve skipping meals. If you aren’t disciplined or you have low self-control, then we don’t advise that you skip meals. You’ll only eat more food since you’ll be hungrier.
Drink more water
If you aren’t drinking the recommended 8 glasses of water per day, then you better start now. Water doesn’t just help you rehydrate, it also helps keep your body going. Research even indicates that drinking the recommended glasses of water daily can help reduce the chances of getting fat and being overweight.
Always have fruits nearby
The easiest way to break your healthy diet is by having nothing healthy to eat. If you get hungry at home and you’re too lazy to buy some fruits at the supermarket, then you’re probably going to buy some chocolate bars at the nearest convenience store. Having some fresh fruits nearby will allow you to faithfully follow your diet plan.
We tend to eat a lot if our body hasn’t eaten for a very long time. Research indicates that eating between meals can help reduce our appetites allowing us to eat less food. Eating between 1 to 2 hours will help us digest food better and helps us absorb more nutrients in the long run.
Have some cheat days
Eating some ice cream or some chocolate bars from time to time wouldn’t hurt. If you’re not used to eating healthy then you might break down and go back to your potato chip eating ways. To avoid this, have some cheat days now and then.
This might sound like some phrase from the bible but the best way to eat healthily is by removing unhealthy foods in your fridge. Yes, say goodbye to those chocolate bars, alcohol, and soft drinks that you keep. If unhealthy foods are just within arm’s reach, then you will definitely be tempted to eat them. The best way to fight your desire for unhealthy foods is by removing them completely.
Eat real fruits
Just because something has a picture of an orange in it doesn’t mean it actually contains real oranges! Real fruits aren’t as sweet nor as addictive as candy bars with fruit flavors. Real fruits contain natural fructose which is good for your body.
So don’t be fooled by products with pictures of fruit on their covers.
Don’t even think about eating low-fat or diet foods
What’s the difference between a coke and a diet coke?
Answer. Not a lot because they’re both bad for you. Low-fat or diet foods often have less sugar, less fat, and less unhealthy than its counterparts. However, they’re still unhealthy.
If you’re going to drink coke, then you better drink the regular one because it’s tastier than the diet version of it. Both of them are still processed foods and they still contain artificial preservatives that are bad for your body.
Make your own food
The best way to know if something is healthy or not is to make it yourself. Sure, fast food is easy and very delicious but you’ll end getting up fat and sickly if you keep on eating it.
When you make your own meals, you are making sure that you are eating exactly what you want to eat. So if you want to eat healthily, then cook for yourself.
Create a meal plan
If you simply eat without a plan, then you’re doing it wrong. Planning your meals in advance will make sure that you eat better and save more money in the long run. And just like cooking your own meals, you are making sure that you are eating exactly what you want to eat.