If you’re looking to lose weight, exercise is only one part of the equation. Your diet plays a huge role in weight loss. What you eat can make or break your healthy lifestyle. If you want to see results in the gym, the choices you make in the kitchen or at a restaurant make a difference.
Here are five easy nutrition tips to follow:
Always eat breakfast. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. If you skip it, you’ll be hungry and more likely to overeat. Breakfast also kick-starts your metabolism for the day. We recommend oatmeal with cut-up bananas and a handful of chopped nuts as a healthy morning meal.
Drink more water. H2O has so many benefits! To name a few, it energizes your muscles, keeps your skin looking fresh, and detoxes your kidneys. So, how much should you be drinking? Shoot for half your body weight in ounces per day.
Be aware of mindless eating. Before you grab a snack, ask yourself, “Am I actually hungry?” Often times when we’re bored or stressed, eating provides us temporary comfort. Don’t fall into the habit of constant snacking! Next time you find yourself in this situation, drink a glass of water.
Put protein in every meal. Healthy proteins will help you stay full for longer periods of time. Be sure to include seafood, legumes (like beans and chickpeas), lean meat, eggs, and nuts when you eat throughout the day.
Know portion sizes. The days of “super-sizing” your meals are over! When you’re cooking at home, check the nutritional facts on your food items to see what the serving sizes are. At restaurants, it’s good practice to eat half your entrée and save the rest as leftovers. This will help you avoid overeating.