Most us try to eat healthy on a regular basis but sometimes eating healthy isn’t enough if we are trying to reduce our caloric intake to lose body fat. Don’t get me wrong, eating healthy should be your first priority i.e. dark colored fruits and veggies, lean and clean proteins, nuts, legumes, and healthy fats. But sometimes we over indulge in our health foods and take in unnecessary calories.
Below are a few tips to help you monitor the amount healthy food you are consuming.
Eat a salad everyday. Make your own and load your salad up with bagged spinach, tomatoes, cucumbers, brussel sprouts, sunflower seeds or almond. Top it off with a table spoon of low sugar vinaigrette or low calorie dressing that isn’t creamy. Add protein such as eggs, chicken, or fish if you are not having a salad with a meal. Make sure the chicken or fish isn’t larger than the palm of your hand.
Eat your salad and/or fruit first to help fill you up.
Use salad plates instead of your large dinner plates when eating at home. The portions look bigger but you will be consuming fewer calories. Just don’t pile it too high!
When eating cold cereal use a measuring cup first to serve yourself the correct serving size. You will be amazed how much cereal we overeat. (I am guilty of this one!)
When eating out always ask for the smallest portion. If you are still hungry you can order more.
If a restaurant doesn’t have a reduced size portion, ask the waiter to bring half of the meal in a to-go box so you can have it for lunch the next day.
Turn off the TV when you eating at home.
Try to put your fork down between bites. (This one can have a huge impact on your waistline).
Eat your calories versus drinking your calories. Other than your post workout shake or protein shake as a snack you shouldn’t be consuming calories from liquids. Water, Water Water and Green Tea! Drink your body weight in ounces of water per day.
I hope you find these tips helpful. Please let me know if you have any questions.
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