Trying to eat fit is a difficult thing to do, it is even more difficult if you’re trying to do it on a restrictive diet. For some this can mean going gluten free, grain free, or trying to cut down on dairy and meat consumption. It becomes a fear factor of being restricted to salads and nothing else. However, with some planning it can be possible to eat fit without being restricted and with that, here are the top 5 ways to eat fit. A healthy, happy life starts with healthy meals, good cookware and the best frying pan around. Many renowned restaurants use stainless steel cookwares as a healthier method of cooking.
Tip 1: Plan out your meals. Time is of the essence when it comes to eating fit and planning out your meals is crucial. If you’re diet is especially restrictive do some research on recipes that will work for you. There are a myriad of food blogs to choose from, especially ones that focus on restrictive diets. Plan for the meals that you know you’ll be tempted to eat junk during. If it’s lunch, plan to make a bigger dinner so you can take leftovers with you. Prepare all of your meals on either one or two days of the week and store in tupperware. This will take out any time restraints that you have during the week. Crock pots and casseroles can be some of the tastiest and easiest meals to make without taking up all of your time over a stove.
Tip 2: My Fitness Pal App or calorie counter can be your best friend. The My Fitness Pal app allows you to customize the settings on how much fat, protein, and carb intake you want to allow yourself each day. You can scan barcodes to enter in your food or use the search tool. The app also keeps track of your exercise and subtracts that from your daily caloric intake. It is also beneficial in planning ahead on meals. Say you’ve already had two meals and want to know if you have enough calories to spare for dinner and drinks, the app can show you the percentages of your total intake, which then allows you to enter in what you think you’ll consume for dinner. If you decide it will be over your daily intake, you can always swipe to delete your thought out meal. Calorie Counter comes in handy often when you’re eating out. If you’re uncertain about the percentage your meal has, chances are that Calorie Counter will have already posted the nutritional value on it’s website. It’s as easy as googling your menu item and having the nutritional value popping up on the first line.
Tip 3: Check food labels. Often times there are hidden ingredients, such as wheat, in your food. Salad dressings, dry chili seasoning, and canned soups all contain wheat. This might not seem like a big deal at first but the wheat adds additional carbs to your daily intake, which means that your body is turning those additional carbs into sugar. Sugar that you probably wanted to take out of your diet to begin with. Shredded cheeses can contain starch that prevents the cheese from clumping together and while its nice to have cheese that remains separated, that’s another intake you’ll have to factor in. By being aware of what’s in your food, you’ll be able to make more educated choices.
Tip 4: Cut out the carbs. Most people love carbs, and they’re almost in everything. Cutting out carbs seems easier than it really is and the easiest way to do this is by clearing out your pantry. This is where a calorie counter or fitness app will come in handy as well. You’ll be able to check the carbs for most any food item that you’re interested in trying. Chips can be replaced with something else that is crunchy, such as fresh green peppers or baked zucchini with goat cheese. If you love pasta and can’t imagine life without it, look into getting a spiralizer. This nifty little gadget takes vegetables, like carrots and the aforementioned zucchini and spiralizes them so they have the look of noodles. Cook these up with your favorite protein and you are good to go. Spaghetti squash is also a simple alternative, baking and then scraping you have angel hair like strips that are perfect with any pasta sauce. Additionally, there are recipes for bread that use almond flour instead of regular flour which cuts down the carb intake by more than half. You’ll find as you swap different foods and recipes for more carb friendly ones that it gets easier. After a week or two you’ll start to feel your carb cravings go down and you might end up feeling a little better as well.
Tip 5: If you’re hungry eat but make sure you’re hungry. Often times people find that they’re snacking throughout the day and it’s often connected with boredom or emotional response to something. Check in with yourself, gauge how you’re feeling in that moment. Keep a log of how you feel throughout the day and if you find yourself snacking at intervals of when you’re tired or particularly stressed, you’ll know that it isn’t actually hunger that is driving you to eat. If you’re hungry, don’t deny yourself, that can lead to overeating later. Pack yourself a protein bar or some yogurt and fruit. The protein will tide you over until you’re ready to have your meal.
Eating fit is entirely possible, you just have to make sure that you plan ahead, check your ingredients, cut down on carb intake, and eat when you’re hungry. Using simple tips can help cut down on the frustration of trying to eat fit and will prevent lapses. Once you’ve adjusted on how you perceive eating fit, you’ll find that it isn’t so challenging and might just never go back to eating unfit.