Fill your kitchen pantry with good wholesome, healthy foods. Not junk foods such as cookies, pastries, pop tarts, and other tempting unhealthy treats. Maybe substitute junk foods with high fiber trail mixes, unsalted peanuts and nuts, dried fruits, wheat pastas, high fiber/low sugar cereals, and peanut butter.
The importance of nutrition also entails eating the correct portions of food. Eating too much, which is beyond what your body requires, often result in obesity. When you eat more, you also gain more pounds. Weight loss is best achieved by eating the right quantities of food. Reduce the quantity of food that you eat gradually.
Most people get into trouble at Thanksgiving dinner by eating full speed ahead until they finally realize that they are full (after their second and third helping). The trouble with this method is the lag time in communication between your stomach and brain. In reality, you probably satisfied your hunger with your first plate of food, but your stomach takes a while to get that message to your brain. And during that lag time you took the opportunity to go for your second and third plate of food. This year sit calmly in your chair after that first plate and wait at least 20 minutes before getting seconds. You will be surprised to find that the thought of more food doesn’t sound good anymore – and you will have saved yourself unnecessary weight gain.
The kickback is a great buttocks toner. Stand with your feet about shoulder width apart with your weight even distributed. Raise one knee and extend your leg straight out behind you. Try to keep your back straight during this motion. Repeat 15 times and do the same with the other leg. Add ankle weights to make it even more efficient.
The amount of ingredients do not have to be exact but keep them close. You have to keep an eye on it and make sure it does not boil over. Stirring it keeps it from bubbling over onto the stove. We have always had a favorite pot we call our macaroni pot that seems to be the right size for our family. It is kind of like a sacred family tradition and makes it seem that much more special.
The second tip is to eat the right kind of carbohydrates. Just because you are dieting or eating to control your weight doesn’t mean it’s healthy to cut out all carbohydrates. Good carbohydrates, those that have not been stripped of their fiber and nutrients, will give you the fuel your body needs to fight fatigue and stay full. These include whole grain breads, brown rice, whole wheat, beans and legumes, fruit, and vegetables. Bad carbohydrates that you should limit include white flour, white rice, and sugary foods. Eating the right carbohydrates will leave you satisfied, are packed with nutrients, and provide hours of energy.
#5: Don’t skip meals. There is consistent evidence that people who skip meals, especially breakfast, are more likely to be overweight. Eat a healthy breakfast within one hour of getting up. Avoid fast food breakfast meals – they are loaded with fat, sugar, sodium and calories. Pack healthy snacks like nuts, dried fruit and cheese sticks when you know it will be difficult to stop for food during the day.
First, eating breakfast helps keep you from snacking. When you skip the first meal, you begin the day hungry. Then, whenever you see food you want to cave in to every temptation that comes your way. The next thing you know, you have eaten more calories than you have ever realized. Breakfast is literally a breaking of your fast. It will curb your appetite for several hours.