There are always things you should do and shouldn’t do when it comes to nutrition. Some things are obvious like, “Don’t eat every meal at McDonalds”. But not everything is always so apparent. Or, even if it was at one point we might have forgotten and need a reminder. On top of all that there is a ton of bad information floating around from people trying to sell ‘diet snake oil’ to anyone who will listen just to make a buck.
Yes, you could say that about this article but by the time you finish reading it I think you will agree that these tips all make sense especially when you compare it to weird ideas like eating peanut butter with all your meals and expecting to lose weight.
Top Nutrition Tips
- Use the Make Sense Rule – Let’s face it, there is no magic bullet. If it sounds too good to be true then it is especially when it comes to diet and exercise. The closet thing there is to a diet miracle is very expensive surgery. Everything else involves time and dedication.
- Drink Water First – Roll out of bed and start your day with a glass of water. Your body craves water so don’t wait and then try and appease it with coffee. Instead give it 8 ounces of the cold good stuff to wake yourself up and start your processes going.
- Eat a Good Breakfast – The most important meal of the day? You are darn right it is! Get your nutrients including fruit and protein in because your body is starved and depleted after sleeping. Want to supercharge your energy? Forget the giant latte and instead focus on natural energy which will ramp up your mental prowess and cause fewer hunger issues during the day.
- Love Fiber – Instead of focusing on carbs focus on fiber. This is a case of quality. Fiber is carbs but not empty ones. Instead they fill you up and will give you energy to burn. But at the same time don’t try and cram it all in at one meal otherwise you will spend too much time in the bathroom.
- Pre-Meal Drinks – Before meal time drink down two glasses of water. To start with, you need a lot of water each day. But drinking before you eat will help fill you up as well which cuts down on total calories during the day.
- Eat More Early – Go with the big breakfast, a great snack, and the energizing lunch. You need energy to start the day and push you through it, not at the end of the day when you dial it down and then sleep. Don’t make the mistake of starving yourself all day to cut calories and then binge at dinner when you need the least amount of calories.
- Plan Ahead – Last minute meals are often a source of diet frustration. Plan ahead in the week with shopping to have what you need on hand. Prepare food in advance when possible. Keep healthy snack options around the house for time crunches and emergencies.
- Eat Frequently – It doesn’t have to be tied to a clock but try and eat every 3 to 4 hours. Your body needs consistent energy with consistent action so it makes sense to keep giving it useful fuel.
- Cut Back on Sugar – It truly is the devil in dieting. Soda, snacks, sugar on cereal, sugar in coffee, etc. It all adds up and plays havoc with your glucose and fat burning.
- Stop Drinking Calories – Beer, soda, juice and the like adds up to about 400 or 500 calories per day for the average American. That is a lot of junk calories that goes right to the fat depot.