To lose weight, you need to eat – and eat smart. Here are seven smart eating habits to follow regularly to help you shed those pounds in a healthy way.
1. Eat your breakfast:
Make sure that you begin your day with a healthy breakfast. Your breakfast should include carbohydrates for energy. Having breakfast keeps your stomach full until lunchtime so that you don’t binge or overeat at lunch. If you want to lose weight, don’t binge and overeat.
2. Drink plenty of water:
Keep your body hydrated by drinking at least 2 liters of water a day. Drinking sufficient water allows your body to flush out toxins and facilitates circulation of fats in your body. It also keeps your belly from bloating. Thus, drinking water helps in weight loss.
3. Switch off the TV:
Don’t have your meals sitting in front of the TV. This leads to mindless eating. Switch off your television set and enjoy your meal. Listen to your body’s signals. Stop eating once your stomach signals that it is full. This will help in weight loss.
4. Soups and salads:
Drink a bowl of clear soup or a plate of fresh salad, especially before dinner. Make this a habit when you’re dining out. Fibers improve digestion and throw out wastes from the body, which helps in weight loss.
5. Opt for whole grains:
Whether you’re eating at home or dining out, try and stick with whole grains. Choose whole-wheat bread over white bread, whole-wheat pasta over white pasta and thin-crust pizzas with lots of veggies over the thicker variety. Whole-grains also have fiber and are therefore helpful for weight loss. Eat foods that has lots of fiber and protein rich contents.
6. Avoid bakery products and sugar:
Biscuits, pastries, cakes, brownies, ice-creams and fizzy drinks are best avoided if you’re looking to lose weight. If you must have dessert, order just one for the table and share it with others.
7. Eat according to your level of activity:
Eat more when you are more active and lesser when you are less active. For example, if you have a busy day ahead with lots of traveling, you can eat a heavy breakfast or lunch. If you’re going to be at your desk for most of the day, eat small, healthy snacks every 4 hours. Eating at regular intervals will keep you from bringing and help you to lose weight.
Finish your dinner at least 2 hours before bed time. This will give your body just enough time to digest your food and prevent bloating.