New seasons are the perfect time to implement change! Since Fall is right around the corner, now is a great time to evaluate your diet routine. Here are 3 healthy eating habits to adopt this Fall:
Drink More Water
A little H20 goes a long way. Aside from being the best source of hydration for your body, water promotes weight loss by boosting your metabolism and curbing your appetite. According to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, people with an increased intake of water have healthier diets and can burn more calories faster than those who do not drink water.
How to do it: Drink 16 ounces (2 cups) of water four times a day. For a little flavor, add lemon or lime, fresh mint leaves, cucumber slices, or even your favorite fruit.
Consume Produce Every Meal
There is a reason your mom told you to eat your fruits and veggies as a kid. Not only are they jam packed with antioxidants, vitamins, fiber, and minerals, but produce lowers your risk of stroke, heart disease, and even certain cancers. Not to mention that produce helps you lose weight!
How to do it: A good way to easily incorporate produce into your diet is to include a serving of fruit into your breakfast and snacks and then two servings of vegetables at every lunch and dinner meal. One serving is roughly one cup or about the size of a tennis ball.
Limit Your Sugar Intake
The average American consumes 22 teaspoons of added sugar a day. Added sugar is the sugar you add to your coffee or the kind found in your yogurt, not the naturally occurring sugar one can find in fruit. The daily recommended intake of sugar is no more than 6 teaspoons for women and 9 for men, however, the target amount is zero.
How to do it: Start by cutting out processed and pre-sweetened foods, like packaged treats and candy. Check to see if your yogurt, almond milk, and even salad dressings contain sneaky sugar. Although the goal is to cut sugar out completely, enjoying a piece of dark chocolate (70% cocoa or greater) a day is a great way to fulfill a sweet tooth and stay sane.
People who lose weight, feel great and stay on track, understand that indulging every once in awhile is okay. Remember, balance is key when it comes to solidifying change! Adopt these healthy diet habits this Fall and see how much better you look and feel come the holiday season. For more information on eating and diet habits, stop in at your nearest Max Muscle location today.