Imagine this: you’re too tired after work or have had a busy day, and you end up eating delicious, but unhealthy take-out again rather than a healthy meal. You begin to follow a restrictive diet or do a cleanse that will just leave you craving endless amounts of sugary and salty treats. Don't stress! We’ve all been there before as we’re all humans and it is natural to crave the ‘good stuff.’ So rather than being hard on yourself, which can lead to unhealthy eating habits, it's important to find out how to eat healthy while not depriving yourself and adopting a healthy lifestyle today.
Make Your Own Lifestyle
Typically, individuals cannot live on a restrictive diet for the rest of their lives. Rather, they should aim to create a diet to fit their lifestyle and not force themselves to adopt a whole new lifestyle and eating habits for a diet. Realistically, individuals can still eat pizza, ice cream, chocolate, and numerous sweet and salty treats and still lose weight. The key to creating your own healthy lifestyle is moderation and portion control. For instance, someone cannot eat a whole tub of ice cream in a sitting and expect to lose weight, but rather, it is possible to eat half a cup to feel satisfied and not gain any significant amount of fat.
Why not restrict yourself? Restrictive diets will not help anyone lose weight effectively and keep it off, as these restrictions often eventually lead to cravings, binges, and overeating, which will sabotage attempts at eating better, improving nutrition, and losing weight. Also, food deprivation can cause an individual to dislike healthy, nutritious foods, which no one wants. Instead, create eating habits that work best for you and your goals. Roughly, these should be comprised of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean meats, and low-fat dairy, and also include eating sugary and salty treats in moderation and controlling the portions you eat for every meal.