Seven tips to help you build healthy eating habits

Since I started my weight loss and healthy living journey in 2015, the thing I’ve struggled the most with, is maintaining healthy eating habits. Most people think that exercise is the most difficult thing to do, but I’d say consistently making healthy eating choices is more difficult to accomplish than exercise.

In this guide, I have listed seven tried and tested habits that will help you make better choices when eating.

Plantain, Chicken and Mushroom lunchbox
  1. Eat Composite Meals
    Research shows that when foods are eaten separately, more total calories are consumed compared to when they are mixed together. Typically, traditional Liberian styled meals are almost always combined. The sauce or stews combine the vegetables and meat and serve with a type of carbohydrate – usually rice. Once the food is combined, the overall calories could be more or less depending on the portion you choose.
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2. Manage Portion Size
This one is a no brainier: the more you put on your plate, the more you will consume. Therefore, practice measuring your food or eating from smaller plates to avoid over eating. The math behind weight loss is simple calories out should always be greater than calories in.

3. Caloric Concentration
The stomach is elastic that much is true, however studies show that you will eat the same volume of food regardless of its fat content. Therefore, use this to your advantage by eating high-volume foods with low calories, like vegetables.

4. Variety
Practice cutting out different food groups. Studies have shown that people who cut out carbohydrates (as in a low-carb diet) or protein (such as vegetarians) do not make up the caloric deficit with the other macro-nutrients.

5. Intermittent or Alternate day fasting Intermittent fasting is when you do not consume food for a portion of the day, while alternate day fasting is when you do not consume food at all on alternate days. Just like your body doesn’t make up the calories deficit with other macro-nutrients, it won’t make up the calorie deficit by consuming more food on the days that you do eat. In addition to weight loss, intermittent fasting can have a positive effect on your metabolism, boost cardiovascular health, and more.

6. Practice mindful snacking
Humans are opportunistic eaters. That means that if you want to reduce unnecessary snacking through out the day, you have to keep snacks out of sight. Storing food out of sight can therefore help to reduce intake.

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Meal planning and prepping Studies have shown that planning and preparing meals in advance can have a more positive outcome on eating properly. When meals are planned in advance they are readily available when you are ready to eat. Practicing meal planning and prepping will help you keep track of all the calories being consumed on a daily basis and make you more aware of the types and quality of food being consumed. In the long run, you will spend less time and money but still get high quality meals on a daily basis.

Published by Ade Suah

Hello and welcome to my site. My name is Christollie Ade Suah and I am a full time Mom, working a full time job and running a small business full time. With so much to do and so little time to do them, I constantly find myself struggling to balance different aspects of my life. So I created the Liberian girl blog as a resource center where health conscious professionals like me can find information and tools to help them balance competing priorities and achieve their goals. This blog covers topics around health and wellness, business, career and parenthood. My goal is to inspire you into taking actions daily that'll improve your life. If you would like to join a network of health conscious people and get notified of new content and products, click the subscribe button below. Thank you for visiting and look forward to growing with you.

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