A whole lot of people never give eating healthy to lose weight a try for a number of reasons. They claim they don’t have the time or the willpower, or they just don’t like healthy food, or being fat is their natural body makeup, or they’re too tired. Some even blame it on the weather. If they have cold winters, they say they can’t lose weight because it’s too cold. If they have hot summers, they say it’s too hot. Some say they don’t have time even though it takes the same amount of time to eat unhealthy as it does to eat healthy. Then some have simply never learned how to eat healthy to lose weight
There are no doubt, hundreds of excuses people use to avoid healthy eating. You and I know these are merely excuses. If some people can eat healthy, there’s really no reason everybody can’t eat healthy.
Get out of bed
If it’s too cold, too hot, you lack the willpower, you don’t like healthy food, you’re too tired, whatever your excuse…just get out of bed in the morning. Nothing is more healthy than simply getting out of bed. Your heart beat increases, your lungs open up taking in life-giving oxygen, and your blood begins delivering that oxygen to all parts of your body. With that activity, your brain and nervous system come to life and the drowsiness begins leaving your body.
Institute a light, 15 minute exercise routine every morning when you get out of bed. It doesn’t need to be strenuous exercise. Just enough movement to increase your heart beat, open your lungs, and lubricate your joints. Then, eat breakfast.
Eat a small, nutritious breakfast
Eating breakfast is one of the most important things you can do to control your weight. If your body is not accustomed to eating breakfast…change that behavior. Your body will adjust to eating breakfast very quickly. Your body wants breakfast. It has gone without food all night and needs refueling (healthy refueling).
Your body wants carbohydrates, protein, fiber, and water. Carbohydrates for energy to wake up and get all your organs started, protein to keep your blood sugar level in check, fiber for efficient digestion, and water. All body organs, especially your digestive system need plenty of water to function efficiently.
Drink water, even if you might think you don’t like water. Acquire a taste for water. Your body wants and needs water, pure, clean water. Not these so-called fruit juices (unless freshly squeezed with nothing added). These processed fruit juices are full of sugar type additives and flavorings that your body does not know what to do with, so it simply stores them as fat. Your body craves water.
No coffee! Coffee offers your body no health benefits whatsoever. Coffee is merely an addictive drug, it is the world’s biggest drug addiction. Coffee dehydrates your body and is a contributing factor in many of the diseases and conditions falsely attributed to growing old.
No bread or potato products (doughnuts, sweet rolls, hash browns, etc.). These are starchy carbohydrates. Starchy carbohydrates break down to glucose very quickly making your blood sugar spike. Also, if you’re not active enough to burn all that glucose, your body will store it as fat.
What is a small, nutritious breakfast? Fresh fruit, a bowl of oatmeal, and a tall glass of water. Or, a freshly prepared fruit smoothie along with your favorite nuts.
To lose weight you need to eat several small, healthy meals every day. Yes, it’s true. One of the major contributors to being overweight is failing to eat regular meals. When your body does not receive nourishment on a regular schedule it starts storing fat for the future, because it doesn’t know when it will receive food again. If you feed your body every few hours, it relaxes, stops storing fat, and you start losing weight.
Eating breakfast, lunch, and dinner with a healthy, small mid morning and mid afternoon snack is critical to your health and weight loss.
Your three main meals need to include lean meat for protein. Salmon, turkey, or lean beef. Plenty of freshly cooked, or raw vegetables. A green, leafy salad with nuts. And fresh fruit.
Your mid morning and afternoon snack could include carrot sticks, lettuce, or nuts.
The human body was designed for movement. Movement quickens the heart beat and opens the lungs, thus distributing needed oxygen to all parts of the body. This increased blood flow stimulates the brain and nervous system making them more attentive and alert.
The exercise does not need to be strenuous, but it needs to be often. If you sit at a desk all day, get up and take a short walk every hour. When you arrive at work and before you leave for home, take a quick brisk walk around the parking lot.
Every morning and evening, go through a light, 15 minute workout.
To summarize, 1) get out of bed every morning, 2) go through a 15 minute exercise routine, 3) eat a light, healthy breakfast, 4) have a mid morning snack, 5) eat a healthy lunch, 6) have a mid afternoon snack, 7) eat a light, healthy dinner. Follow these seven steps and your excuses will become healthy eating habits. You’ll find you are eating healthy to lose weight and loving it.
Retired…8 children…25 grandchildren…Life is Great!
However, we find ourselves with a huge problem, especially here in the US. That problem is unhealthy foods.
We’re finding foods we once thought of as healthy, are not so healthy.
This problem is responsible for escalating weight gain, the alarming occurence of diabetes, heart disease, cancer and many other degenerative diseases.
It’s time we started speaking out!