Improving your diet doesn’t have to be a stressful life changing event. Making small changes can make big differences and aid you in achieving your goals faster. Incorporating small changes a little at a time can also ensure greater success along your journey. Trying to change too much too quickly can leave many individuals stressed and over whelmed. The tips listed below are ways to help improve your diet in a gradual and stress-free way.
1. Eliminate soft drinks! Soft drinks provide zero nutritional value and are loaded with sodium and empty calories. Try to experiment with fruit infused water to make water less boring. You’ll also get a burst of anti-oxidants from the fruit.
2. Add more vegetables to your plate! Vegetables have very little calories, yet have fiber and take up space on your plate and in your stomach. Adding just an extra serving of vegetables to your plate can help you feel full faster and you’ll be consuming less calories.
3. Drink a full glass of water before consuming a meal. Many people confuse dehydration for hunger. Drinking a glass of water before meal time will take up some volume in your stomach. You will consume less calories, and feel full faster.
4. Cut out processed sugars! Use natural fruits or honey instead of processed sugars. They do not give you any nutrients and are extremely calorie dense. It will take you much longer to reach your goal if you eat processed sugar on a regular basis.
5. Swap out simple sugar choices for complex carbs. Complex carbs help to stabilize blood sugar and provide fiber and lasting energy. The added fiber from complex carbs will benefit you by helping you to fill full longer.
As you can see, making small changes in your diet can have big impacts. A fitness nutrition specialist has the nutrition education to help you make those positive changes. A sports nutrition specialist can also help manage your diet to complement your fitness goals. Start with small changes so that the changes you do make will be lifestyle changes and not fads.
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