How To Eat Healthier in the New Year

How To Eat Healthier in the New Year
Healthy eating requires knowledge and practice.

The struggle to lose weight is one that many people relate to on an emotional level. Starving yourself is dangerous because of the horrible toll that it takes on your health. But making healthier eating choices can help you in your quest to get your health back on track. Here are four tips for how to eat healthier in the New Year.

Don’t Skip Meals

In an odd twist, it turns out that skipping meals makes it more difficult to lose weight. Meal skipping makes it difficult to avoid snacking later in the day and can slow down a person’s metabolism. A lack of calories from skipping meals impacts the brain’s ability to function and leads to energy loss throughout the day.

Remember All Food Groups

Fruits and vegetables make up the base of the food pyramid, meaning that you should try to consume five servings each day. Grains are responsible for making up the rest of the food pyramid’s base and should account for six servings. Between these two, they can take up the majority of what is consumed each day. However, smaller segments of the pyramid, including meat and dairy, shouldn’t be ignored simply because you eat less of them.

Eat Less Processed Foods

Walking into a grocery store when you are on a diet is a test of your willpower and ability to avoid processed foods. These include many pantry essentials like cereal, microwave meals, and the foods that make up the menu of many fast-food restaurants. These should only be consumed in moderation due to their increased sodium, sugar, and fat content. An easy way to avoid many processed foods is to purchase your food from local grocers and farmer’s markets. For your carnivorous needs, asking about the source of the meat at your local butcher shop is one of the many questions that they should be able to answer for you.

Moderation in All Things

Finally, it is advised to practice moderation in all things. A great way to eat healthier in the New Year is to put smaller portion sizes on your plate. The simple act of cleaning your plate can help trick your brain into believing that you ate more than you did. Eating slower also allows the stomach to send signals to the brain that it is getting full.

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