5 tips to make eating healthy a little easier

1)   Meal Prep

Making meals ahead of time may seem like a lot of work, but spending an hour or two cooking one day can save you time, money, and calories throughout the week.  When food isn’t readily available, most people look for convenience.  And most of the time, what’s convenient isn’t healthy.  By planning and preparing healthy meals for the week, you’re saving yourself from having to make that difficult decision.

2)   Have healthy snack options readily available

Many people who participate in a good diet don’t see progress because, while their meals may be healthy, their snacking is less than perfect and lacking portion control.  Try figuring out why you’re snacking; are you hungry or bored?  For me, I was snacking out of habit and very mild hunger at most.  I cut up some celery and cucumbers and put them in small ziploc bags for the week.  I found that even though I was eating celery instead of cookies someone left in the break room, it satisfied my urge to snack.

3)   Don’t keep unhealthy food in your home

This one can be tough, especially if you don’t live alone, but it’s effective.  If you’re trying to stop drinking pop or eating sugary foods, get them out of the house.  When hunger kicks in, convenience is preferable, so don’t give yourself the option.  If I’m hungry and craving some pizza but all I have in the house is some chicken breast and vegetables, I’ll eat what’s readily available.

4)    Track or record what you eat.

Using an activity tracking app—like the one M43 Fitness offers with their membership—allows you to keep a record of everything you eat.  This may seem like extra work and takes a little time to get into the habit of using, but it can have a really big impact on your diet.  Nothing is more terrifying than seeing the number of calories in your favorite treat that you probably shouldn’t be eating.  Apps like this can also show you what percentage of your diet is made up of carbs, fats, and protein, so if you’re interested in a ketogenic diet, the app can help keep you on track!

5)   Drink water

Water helps detox the body, gets nutrients to cells, and keeps you hydrated for peak performance.  Many people struggle to tell the difference between thirst and hunger due to chronic dehydration.  Symptoms of thirst can make you feel like you have the munchies.  By simply drinking more water throughout the day, you’ll quickly realize how much of your hunger was actually thirst.

These are just a few simple tricks to help keep you on track.  If you really want to see results, planning your fitness journey is key. For some tips on how to plan for success, check out: How to actually achieve your New Year’s resolutions.  And if you need help finding how to reach your fitness goals, M43 Fitness provides a custom exercise and nutrition plan to get you on the road to success.  M43 is all about results; they promise they won’t let you fall off track.