5 Baby Steps for Better Nutrition

5 Baby Steps for Better Nutrition

1. Start drinking more water

Drinking more water can help you to lose weight, make your skin look younger, and give you more energy. Not only does drinking water have all these benefits, but it's also a great way to improve your diet because you're likely to drink less of other unhealthy beverages like soda.

2. Make one positive change

If your diet is awful right now, the thought of going from fast food and microwave meals to a healthy diet of fish and vegetables probably sounds difficult. Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good, though.

Instead of thinking about how far you have to go, just focus on making one positive change at a time. Try something small but doable, like snacking on fruit instead of potato chips, or adding a side of vegetables at dinner. Make enough baby steps, and they will all add up to something big.

3. Limit refined carbohydrates

Think about which foods make it hardest for you to practice moderation, and chances are it's something with refined flour, sugar, or both, like cookies and white bread. While almost any food can be a part of a healthy diet in moderation, your body digests refined carbs quickly, so you feel hungry sooner after eating. Refined carbs don't have fiber to slow digestion, and your body produces insulin to digest them, which causes your blood sugar to spike. Choose whole-grain alternatives to help keep your blood sugar stable.

4. Eat breakfast

If you're one of the 31 million Americans who regularly skip eating breakfast, that's a habit you need to break. The most common reason for skipping breakfast is being too busy. But eating breakfast is good for several reasons, the most important of which is that eating breakfast leads to weight loss. Even though it seems like consuming breakfast would have the opposite effect because of the extra calories, eating breakfast actually helps speed up your metabolism for the day.

5. Focus on good fats

Fat got a bad reputation in the 1980s. Dieters chose to eat low-fat foods, but this backfired because many of the low-fat foods were high in sugar instead. Today, experts know that fat isn't always the bad guy. Some sources of fat, like olive oil, coconut oil and avocado, are healthy, and keep you feeling full for longer. Don't avoid fat altogether; just make an effort to get the right kinds of fat in moderate amounts.

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