Just because the New Year has now been and gone, and we’re in the 2nd quarter of the year, doesn’t give you an excuse of it being “too late” to give yourself a health kick… It’s never too late! Jumping straight into a new health kick and exercise routine can be a bit daunting, especially if it’s all new to you. However, starting out can be fun… All you have to do is change your mind set! We have mapped out eight healthy eating habits that you can get started with.
REMEMBER: Always eat your breakfast
You may think that eating breakfast is piling on the calories (well, it will be if you’re eating a full English for breakfast each morning), however studies show that people who eat a good breakfast in the morning will lose more weight than those who will have a small breakfast. Going for a protein fuelled breakfast will kick start your morning, along with your metabolism!
REMEMBER: Fruit & veg is important!
You should always be aiming to eat around three cups of veg and two fruits per day. Try not to see this as a daunting task, and try to find some fruits and veg that you actually enjoy eating! You don’t have to have them boring either, try to mix it up every time with a fresh fruit salad and different assortment of veg!
REMEMBER: Take your time to shop
When you actually take the time out of your day to plan and prepare what you’re going to eat for the week, the chances are that you’ll stick to it. Popping out to the shops quickly every day isn’t going to allow you to make winning choices with what you’re picking out for your meal times.
You should be aiming for around 10,000 steps per day, or exercising for approx. an hour each day. This will really help to kick start your metabolism and burn the fat that you want to fight! Download a pedometer app on your phone and keep up to date with the amount of steps that you’re taking each day!
REMEMBER: Sit down
Standing up when you’re eating and “on the go” isn’t good for the body. Taking your time to sit down, and eat your meal properly will allow your body to digest the meal and also the time for you to enjoy your food.
Always carry a protein-rich snack with you. This way you’ll avoid snacking on high-fat foods on the run.
REMEMBER: Green tea
After meals, try and drink a green tea as it will boost your metabolism. If you’re a tea lover and drink a lot of breakfast tea, then try to also replace this with a delicious fruit tea to cut out the sugars and dairy!
As you have to drink approx. 3 litres (8 pints) of water per day, you might be wondering how you’re supposed to fit it in! Make sure that you’re carrying a water bottle with you at all times and you’ll find you start to drink a lot more regularly.