Our bodies are pretty darn impressive. They take us on incredible travels, allow us to give our loved ones the best bear hugs, and make us totally unique. Because of this, it’s an important practice to show them kindness and to fuel ourselves with food that makes us feel fantastic.
Although it’s completely natural for your weight to fluctuate over years, seasons, or even weeks, there might be a time when you want to cut back. If you are looking to lose weight, whatever your motivation may be, here are some safe and sustainable ways to achieve your #healthgoals.
Give Breakfast a Chance
Is brekky the most important meal of the day? It’s difficult to say definitively, as everyone is built differently and it largely depends on what you’re eating. However, there are awesome benefits to powering your morning with a protein-packed and fiber-filled meal. If you enjoy a balanced breakfast containing three or more food groups, it can help curb your snack cravings, give you more energy, and prevent not-so-fun blood sugar swings.
- Whole grain toast with nut butter and bananas
- Two hard-boiled eggs, your cheese of choice, and an apple
- Overnight oats (do ’em up as you please!) and a side of scrambled eggs
Eat Protein-Packed Snacks
We’re big-time snack supporters. Munching on nutritious snacks between meals can help manage your hunger and stabilize your blood sugar. It’s also a helpful way to squeeze in extra servings of fruits and veggies throughout the day. Reach for treats with high protein, fiber, and healthy fats. Including more protein in your diet instead of carbs may actually decrease your hunger hormone, ghrelin, while boosting appetite reducing hormones. Greek yogurt and berries, carrots and hummus, or mixed nuts are not only yummy, but can keep you feeling satisfied between lunch and dinner.
Cut Down on Liquid Calories
Every once in a while, a lunchtime Coke hits the spot. However, sugar-sweetened beverages like energy drinks, some fruit juices, and soda can contain brown sugar, corn sweetener, corn syrup, dextrose, fructose, high-fructose corn syrup, molasses, and sucrose. These drinks offer little nutritional benefits and are loaded with calories. They also cause spikes in blood sugar, which can make you feel peckish sooner than you’d like. If you’re craving something more exciting than water, crack open a can of fruit-flavored seltzer or low-sugar kombucha.
You know the end-of-a-long-day drill. If you’re already in your car after leaving work, rolling up to a drive through or picking up a pizza may seem like the way to go. If you’re really feeling fried, dinner might be frozen waffles for the second time this week. While these foods can fit into your diet in moderation, eating them every evening could lead to some weight gain. Prepping breakfast the night before and planning out lunch and dinner can make a world of a difference. This way, there’s less last-minute guessing and stress snacking. Prepared meals are a perfect way to put balanced eats on the table without a second thought. With nutritionist-approved dishes delivered fresh to your door, you’ll have more time to do you without worrying about what you’re eating.
Food should be fun and so not scary. The key to success is doing what works best for you and your lifestyle. Since there’s no one-size-fits-all diet, start with these small steps to help you feel and look your best. You GOT this!