Here are a list of 6 healthy diet habits you should adopt:
Healthy Diet Habit # 1: Never eat until you are completely full. Always stop eating when you are satisfied. You should learn to tell the difference in the way your stomach feels. If you are satisfied, that means that you could eat more, but you’ll be okay if you had to get up and stop eating now. Full means that you can not eat any more and your stomach feels (and shows) it.
Healthy Diet Habit # 2: Do not eat within three hours before you go to bed for the night. Your body should not have to be digesting food while you are sleep. If there is food in your stomach while you are sleep, it is more likely to be stored as fat. This is because your body is at rest and is not spending enough energy with which to burn all of those calories during your sleep.
Healthy Diet Habit # 3: Drink ample water. Most diet fads tell you to drink a gallon or more of water every day. They tell you this because the water will temporarily quell any hungry pangs you might feel. But drinking lots water obviously has wonderful benefits even if you are simply trying to keep your weight. Obviously water can still help quell your hunger to keep you from overeating and gaining any weight back. It also keeps your body’s metabolism in balance.
Healthy Diet Habit # 4: Commit yourself to eating a minimum quota of 5 fruits and vegetables every day. Hey, if you want to maintain your weight and do not have to follow a “diet” for the rest of your life, there’s no “harm” in eating fruits and vegetables is there? What? You would rather eat potato chips, cookies, or ice cream? Go ahead. Eat as much of them as you want. But MAKE SURE to eat your fruits and vegetables FIRST. Trust me, by the time you get through that apple, that watermelon, or those grapes, let’s see if you still have room left for potato chips? See, this is a psychological game you are playing against your own appetite. Do not ever tell yourself that you CAN NOT eat junk food. But DO tell yourself that you must eat a serving of fruits or vegetables BEFORE you can have the junk food. Chances are good that more often than not you might just pass on the junk food after you’ve eaten your fruit or vegetable.
Healthy Diet Habit # 5: Commit yourself to eating a minimum quota of fiber grams every day. Nutritionists recommend that males eat 38 grams of fiber every day and women eat 25 grams of fiber every day. No, you do NOT need to be “counting” fiber grams every day for the rest of your life. But as you get started on your journey to maintaining your weight loss for the rest of your life, you should spend some time studying food charts and memorize how much fiber certain foods contain. Fiber has magnificent benefits for your health. Longer lifespan, reduced risk of heart disease and cancer, are all attributed to eating ample fiber in your diet. Not just fruits and vegetables, but also NUTS. Peanuts, almonds, cashews, raisins, beans – these are nature’s “junk food” snackable nibblets. Consider eating these instead of potato chips. Trust me, you will feel satisfied beyond measure when you eat them. They contain salt, they are crunchy, and they are quite tasty too.
Healthy Diet Habit # 6: Get ample sleep at night. Studies show that obesity is linked to abnormal sleep (among other things). Your body needs ample time to rest so that it can recharge and recalibrate your metabolism. The more sleep you get, the more time your body has to go into “maintenance mode” and do the necessary “housecleaning” to help you burn fat.
Well there you have it! Six healthy diet habits to keep the weight off without having to struggle and follow any type of “lifetime maintenance diet”. Each of those six healthy diet habits is of equal importance.
Most fad diet plans help you lose a lot of weight quickly. They are not necessarily part of a healthy diet. Habits are just as hard to break as they are to form. Once you lose the weight, they leave you hanging and do not really answer the question: “Okay, I’ve lost all this weight. Now how do I keep it off?” Fundamentally, the answer is that you should adopt healthy diet habits to help you maintain your weight that are simple, practical, and flexible enough that you can follow them for a lifetime.