Five tips to improve your diet. With the pressures of daily life draining your energy and well-being, it’s easy to give up on any dream of a healthy diet and just eat whatever is available near you.
However, the key to increased energy, shiny skin, and a good mood is a balanced diet. Don’t miss your mind on complicated meals that need endless hours to prepare.
In fact, improving your diet can be much simpler than you think.
A good start is to follow the following 5 basic rules that are capable of making a difference in how you feel and look.
Five Easy Rules to Improve Your Diet
1. Stop eating processed foods
In simple terms, it means eating apples with honey and cinnamon instead of apple pie.
Some foods are subjected to a low level of processing which does not reduce their nutritional value, such as frozen fruits and vegetables. But other foods, such as sausages, packaged snacks, and junk food, are highly processed and add sugar, preservatives, salt and/or fat.
Processed foods may include sweeteners, emulsifiers, preservatives, colors, and flavors, many of which are artificial. Excess salt, sugar, and fat in these types of processed foods can not only increase your weight but also cause you bloating and discomfort.
2. Keep your meals simple
Delicious, healthy meals don’t have to be complicated.
What you need to do is make sure your meal contains a source of complex carbohydrates, lean protein, and good fats in order to supply your body with all the necessary nutrients.
3. Eat your meal more slowly
When you eat fast, the body has no opportunity to send a signal to the brain that you are full. Stomach receptors and related hormones may take 15 to 20 minutes to act. So you end up eating more than your body needs.
At the same time, when you chew the food more, you help digest your food. Saliva has enzymes that lubricate and start digesting what you eat, as well as allowing your taste buds to “break down” the meal. On the contrary, when you devour your food, you do not prevent the food from breaking down properly, making it more difficult to digest.
Research has concluded that consuming your meal in less than five minutes increases your chances of becoming obese or developing metabolic syndrome. Obesity and metabolic syndrome increase the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and stroke.
In order to eat slower, reduce your pace to match that of the slowest on the table and do not wait to starve to eat, as you are more likely to “slam” into the food. Aim to chew each bite about 15 times.
4. Establish specific times you eat
Try not to leave more than 4 hours between meals or snacks. Regular mealtimes will improve your digestive function, your blood sugar, your insulin levels, and your appetite.
5. Listen to your body
It may sound funny to you, but this is one of the best tips you can follow. Eat when you are hungry and stop eating when you are eating, not when you run out of food. Rely on when you are feeling hungry and when you are satiated and use these tips as your guide.
Five tips to improve your diet
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