There is NO Easy Way to Getting Healthy
I hate to break it to you, but there is no easy way to get healthy, lose weight or get back into shape. It takes time and it takes dedication. Yes, it would be nice to have a magical pill or an easy button. That’s the reason there’s such a huge market for diet pills and weight loss gimmicks. But the hard truth is that they just don’t work.
What works is making lifestyle changes and sticking to them. That’s what this short report is all about. I’m not promising that it will be easy as pie or that you’ll lose 50 pounds overnight. What I can promise is some helpful information that will allow you to make those lifestyle changes. I’ll show you how to create good habits that will help you reach your goals. After that it’s up to you to implement them and finally get healthy – for life.
Lifestyle Change #1 – Eat Less
Let’s start with the hardest habit to get into. It’s to eat less. It makes sense, doesn’t it? You eat less, you’ll start to lose weight. Or at least you’ll stop gaining pounds.
Over the past few decades our portions have gotten bigger and bigger. We’re bad about piling food on our large plates (yes, our plates have gotten bigger too) and then finishing it all no matter what.
Instead, let’s get in the habit of eating a little less, eating a little slower and stopping when we start to get full. Here are some simple little hacks to help us do that.
Our portions have gotten bigger and bigger. And we’re used to eating long past the point where we start to feel full. It’s time to retrain ourselves to get a feel for how much a serving of pasta, chicken, rice, corn, cereal or anything else on our plate should be.
Start by reading up on portions and invest in an inexpensive set of measuring cups. You can even use your hand in a pinch. Here are some general guidelines:
- 1 cup = your fist
- 1 ounce = the meaty part of your thumb
- 1 tablespoon = your thumb, minus the meaty part
- 1 teaspoon = the tip of your index finger
- 1 inch = the middle section of your index finger
- 1-2 ounces of a food like nuts or pretzels = your cupped hand
- 3 ounces of meat, fish, or poultry = the palm of your handMeasure your food for a few days until you have a feel for what you should be eating.Getting out a smaller plate or bowl will also help you dish out smaller portions.Once you have your plate, fill it up with leafy greens, vegetables and a little fruit first. Add a portion of meat and only then add the rest. The idea is that you’ll have less room for the stuff that’s bad for you…