Maintaining a healthy weight is one of our biggest challenges. Many people go about their daily lives without giving much thought to the consequences of their lifestyle. They don’t even consider the impact of eating the wrong kind of food or not exercising regularly. This is natural because most of us are just busy running our lives. Weight control means change and change is pain. It’s just one more thing to deal with. And yet it can be so simple.
Here are some changes you can make right now to help control your weight and improve your health:
- Change what you eat.
- Change what you drink.
- Do some exercise.
- Change what you eat.
You have to do your weekly shopping anyway. Swap unhealthy, fattening foods for healthy slimming food. Buy fruits and vegetables and lean meats instead of buying frozen dinners – and cooking yourself means taking the time to prepare and cook meals. It sounds like hard work, but it doesn’t take long to cook vegetables in a pot. It’s even faster in the microwave. Similarly, the meat is cooked in a few minutes. Fruits, vegetables and lean meats are healthy and help control weight.
Change what you drink.
If you’re buying a lot of soda and other sugary drinks, swap them for plain mineral water. This includes most commercial fruit juices because by the time we get them there, there is very little nutrition left but the sugar content is high. Sugary drinks raise your blood sugar levels, which triggers a surge of insulin to control sugar. It helps in weight loss.
Where you can, drink plain water or green tea. Water before meals can help control weight because it suppresses your appetite. Green tea is a healthy drink as it helps flush out toxins from the body.
Do some exercise.
You will need to start doing some exercise. Find something you can do several times a week. If you’re not on track to be physically active, start by finding opportunities to move more. Can you walk to the shops or the bus or train station? How do you spend your meal breaks? Can you go for a walk? If you’re at home, can you walk around the block or do some aerobic exercise? Maybe there’s a park or swimming pool nearby. Exercise is an important part of any healthy weight management nutritionist. If you can’t exercise, you can still control your weight, but you’ll need to watch your diet more closely.
There is some work to be done but it has to be done if you want to control your weight and live a healthy life. If you think it’s not worth it, look around at the overweight people who often struggle to do simple, everyday tasks – climb the stairs or, sometimes, just walk; sitting on a bus or train; sitting on a plane – and that doesn’t take into account the many health problems they face. Start managing your healthy weight now and invest in long-term good health.