Healthy eating combined with good exercise will give you long life, younger looks, healthy and great body, good mood, strong defense against sickness, increased metabolism (which helps with weight loss), and so on. So, why do people still pursue unhealthy eating habits despite all the benefits of healthy eating? Scientists have discovered that the strong reasons why many people would still continue with unhealthy habits are innate human defiance; need for social acceptance (everybody’s eating French fries, fried chicken, microwave popcorn, doughnuts, margarine, cookies, pastries, etc. – which contain trans fat); inability to truly understand the nature of risk; and individualistic view of the world and the ability to rationalize unhealthy habits.
A very obvious reason why people won’t let go of unhealthy eating is that unhealthy foods are very delicious and satisfying to our taste – almost addictive. On the other hand, healthy foods are oftentimes not yummy. And a person who abruptly changes his or her diet from unhealthy to healthy (with the use of a diet program) oftentimes could not tolerate over an extended period of time, then would quit and go back to unhealthy eating.
Below are techniques for healthy eating which help with weight loss:
Moderation. If you are pursuing a new diet program which is usually high in fiber and low in calories, you should apply this in moderation. Don’t make a quick turn around abandoning the unhealthy foods and chase after healthy eating. This is the very reason why many would easily get discouraged with their new diet program. Not all of the foods in your diet book will be tasty to you, so pick your best choice first and develop a habit of eating them with pleasure, while you reduce your intake of unhealthy foods. It’s a process that won’t happen overnight. You have to apply patience.
Eat slowly. Eat and run should be done only in the military. The reason why you should eat slowly is to allow your brain to determine whether you are full already. If you eat fast, your brain and your stomach won’t synchronize, and before your stomach signals your brain that it is full, you have finished your meal and sitting on your couch already telling yourself that you have overeaten. Try to eat at least 20 good minutes. Savor your food.
Eat regular meals. Don’t allow yourself to experience intense hunger so that you won’t go into an eating spree and forget about healthy food choices. When we feel very hungry often result is overeating, because it takes away our reason to determine which food is healthy and which is not, and we tend to eat just the food within our reach. To prevent this, eat regular meals. It’s also a good practice to eat small amount of healthy snacks between meals.
Avoid unhealthy desserts. As a common practice, we eat desserts to end our meal on a happy and sweet note. Desserts or puddings are cakes, cookies, fruits, pastries, ice cream, and candies. Healthy desserts are the ones with low calories like fruits, or dark chocolate (if you’d really like something sweet). Just 2 small squares of dark chocolate only contain up to 40 calories, as opposed to 500 calories from piece of chocolate cake or pie.
Drink healthy juice. Among the most popular healthy juice are tomato, carrot, apple, orange, alkaline, berry, and pomegranate. The good thing about drinking juice, aside from the fact that they are low in calories, is that when done before meals may reduce hunger and increase the feeling of fullness, which is very good in weight loss.
Healthy eating is one big step in your weight loss success. And in order to lose weight consistently, you have to apply fat loss exercises as well. An adult person must have at least 2 hours of moderately-intense workout per week, in order to stimulate or maintain higher metabolic rate, which helps with muscle gain and fat loss.