Everyone has their own opinions on what “healthy” means, but most people don’t commit to sticking to a healthy diet long enough to really find out if it really works. Here are ten top tips to follow to make sure your diet will be as healthy as possible.
- Try a diet that focuses on the whole food group.
A lot of people advocate the healthiest diet being a whole food plant-based diet. This means eating lots of fruit and vegetables, getting in your daily dose of friendly fiber, and reducing the amount of meat and fatty foods you eat. It also means staying away from processed foods and trying to choose whole grains instead. Eating a lot of whole foods is good for your body because it will have all the fiber, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals it needs to be healthy.
- Cut down on salt.
We know that salt gives food flavor, but too much salt is very bad for our health. Some experts even claim that excess sodium contributes to stomach cancer, heart disease and stroke! It’s all about balance, so try to reduce your intake of sodium by avoiding processed foods and making sure you’ve got plenty of fresh vegetables and fruits in your diet.
- Reduce your sugar intake.
As well as avoiding excessive amounts of salt, it’s also important not to eat too much sugar either. In the same way that salt adds weight, sweet foods can add on pounds too. Avoiding sugar and processed food is helpful in keeping the weight off, as these foods have no nutritional value at all.
- Eat a high fiber diet.
When it comes to avoiding excess weight, fiber is probably one of the best things you can eat. The reason this is so important is because it’s related to our ability to control our hunger level by slowing down the rate at which we absorb food into our bodies and increase satiety (feeling full) after eating too much of a meal. Another benefit of eating a high fiber diet is that it’s linked to a lower risk of heart disease and diabetes.
- Eat breakfast!
It’s proven that people who don’t eat breakfast every morning are more likely to be overweight than those who do. Breakfast starts us off on the right track for the day, and energizes our bodies so that we’re less tempted to indulge in junk food later on in the day. Oatmeal or whole grain cereal with some fruit is a great way to start your day, as it will fill you up and give you lots of energy.
- Stay away from refined carbohydrates such as white bread and pasta, and instead try brown rice or whole grain bread and pasta.
Refined carbohydrates are packed with calories, but contain very little nutritional value. Whole grain carbohydrates, on the other hand, are very healthy foods, and ones that your body will need a lot of if of if you plan on staying healthy. Carbohydrates help keep you energized throughout the day, enable your body to absorb vitamins and minerals from your food and help give your body a workout by increasing your metabolism rate.
- Don’t overdo the protein.
Getting enough protein in your diet is essential, but having too much of it can be bad for you. Excess protein can put a strain on your kidneys, and also increases your chances of getting heart disease and cancer over time. Try sticking to the recommended amount of daily protein intake (about 45g), and try not to eat too much meat as well since it’s very high in fat content; unless you’re vegan of course.