When it comes to eating healthy, losing weight, or maintaining your current weight, you're more likely to be successful if you make small changes over time rather than overhauling your entire diet at once. Try these simple changes to work toward a healthier diet.
1. Eat breakfast.A nutritious breakfast gets you fueled for the day and helps prevent you from binging later in the day. Easy-to-prepare breakfasts that are also good for runners include cold cereal with fruit and low-fat milk, whole-wheat toast with peanut butter, yogurt with fruit, or whole-grain waffles.
2. Try lower-calorie, lower-fat versions of your favorite foods.Don't assume that you have to give up favorite comfort foods like macaroni and cheese when you're trying to eat healthier and lose weight. Use lower-calorie ingredients or prepare it differently. For example, if your macaroni and cheese recipe uses whole milk, butter, and full-fat cheese, try remaking it with skim milk, less butter and light cream cheese. You can even add some fresh spinach and tomatoes to make it even healthier.
Look for recipes that are low-calorie versions of your favorite dishes. Just remember to not increase your portion sizes of the lower-cal, low-fat foods.
3. Watch your portion sizes.
Standard portion sizes may actually be smaller than you think. For example, three ounces of meat is about the size of a deck of cards. One serving size of pasta or rice is about the size of a tennis ball. Try putting smaller amounts of food on your plate or using smaller plates. If you put more food in front of you, you'll eat it because it's there.
Also see: How to Avoid Mindless Eating