I’m sure most of you have thought about starting a fitness routine, eating healthier or trying to lose weight but don’t know how to get started. I am going to share some nutritional advice that is extremely important to get you on the right track to getting the body that you want!
- Meal prepping. This will help avoid giving into takeout or stops at the drive thru on days where you’re too busy to make a meal. We all know how much easier it is to grab something quick when we’re having a hectic day. If you pick one day per week to prep yourself some meals for the week, you won’t have the temptation to grab something quick and less nutritious. I like to make healthy breakfast muffins, egg muffins, or overnight oats for breakfast and grilled chicken with sweet potatoes or brown rice and some vegetables for lunch. I also boil a dozen eggs, make some no bake protein balls and banana oatmeal muffins for when I’m on the go and cut up and wash all of my fruit and vegetables. Remember, if you fail to plan, you plan to fail!
- Drink plenty of water. I’m sure you’ve heard it a million times but it so important to drink plenty of water everyday. There are so many benefits to getting an adequate amount of water! It aids in weight loss and will make you feel more full. It also helps fight fatigue and increase energy. Many people don’t realize that being dehydrated is causing their tiredness and lack of energy throughout the day. If that’s not enough reason to get drinking your H20, it also improves your complexion, helps with digestion, flushes your body of toxins AND saves money when you stop buying highly processed sodas and juices that are full of sugar. You should aim for drinking 8-10 8 oz. glasses of water per day.
- Cut out Soda, Juices, and High Calorie Coffee Beverages. There are tons of sugar and caffeine in the Coca Colas, energy drinks and lattes you are drinking every day. Try to replace them with healthier options such as tea, black coffee, water or seltzer with lemon.
- Cut Back on High Carb and High Sugar Foods. When you eat too many sugars and high carb foods, your body will burn the glucose from those foods rather then fat. Cut back on pastas, white bread and potatoes and replace them with whole grains and sweet potatoes. It is important to remember that all carbs are not bad carbs though. Make sure to continue to eat complex carbs such as fruits, vegetables, beans and some whole grains.
- Stop Mindless Snacking. All of the little handfuls of goldfish you take from your kids snack bowl, the half eaten lunches that you pick at, and the chips or pretzels you grab in a rush can really add up. Make it easier to avoid snacking by keeping healthier snacks around. Low calorie popcorn, plain greek yogurt, pre-sliced apples with single serving peanut butters and Quest Bars, are all healthy and easy choices.