Stop the Dieting Madness: Here’s How to Eat for Health and Wellness

Are you trying to eat better and exercise more?

But still not getting the results you want?

If your energy is still lagging, the weight isn’t dropping and you’re tired of the exercise-dieting-hamster wheel lifestyle, it’s time to stop the cycle of dieting madness!

Here are some tried-and-true tips for improving your health and wellness and getting off the dieting train.

All you have to do is start implementing just one or two of these CHANGE steps each week, and you’ll be well on your way toward sanity  –  and better health.

1. Drink more water

It’s a simple thing, really. But drinking more water doesn’t mean you have to give up your morning coffee. Just swap out a Diet Coke at lunch for water. Instead of a glass of iced tea with dinner, opt for water. Here’s the motivation: The more hydrated you are in the day, the more calories your body will burn. When your body is well hydrated, it frees your liver up to metabolize fat! Also, cold water in particular helps increase your body’s calorie burn.

2. See no evil, eat no evil

It’s hard to choose healthier foods if you keep once-in-awhile treat foods around. So either purge your pantry of these foods so they won’t tempt you, or store them in a place where you won’t see them.

3. Switch up  your portions

If you’re used to eating 8 oz of chicken at dinner, for example, start serving yourself a smaller portion. Gradually reach a point where you’re eating about 3-4 oz. As you’re decreasing the size of this food, increase your vegetable intake and toss a ½ cup of quinoa on your plate. It’s a great carb choice and it has protein, too.

4. Eat more plants

In general, most of us have a deficit of plant foods in terms of what we eat. These foods  –  like vegetables, fruits and whole grains  –  have a higher nutrient level for the calories and a ton more fiber and will help you feel satiated. This is key to ending your battle with  hunger. Your body won’t get the nutrients it needs after you eat a small bag of high-calorie, low-nutrient chips, for example, so it’ll keep sending hunger signals.

5. Ditch the added sugar

Begin to notice how much sugar you eat each day. I’m not even talking about the sugar you add to your foods, although it is a good idea to gauge that as well. I am talking to the amount of sugar added to your foods without you knowing. Like pasta sauce, yogurt, bread, crackers, and any other processed food. These are foods in which you’d never suspect sugar was an ingredient. A good start is to aim for foods with no added sugar, and start to decrease the sugar that you add in on your own. The good news is that as you nutrify your body, your desire for sweetness diminishes drastically.

6. Fill up on fiber

Fiber helps you feel full, plus it’s crucial for a healthy digestive system. The standard american diet is deficient in fiber. Whole foods have more fiber, so try to fill up on things like berries, oatmeal, legumes, nuts, seeds and hard fruit, in addition to vegetables. This not only aids in passing toxins through your digestive system, but in nutrient absorption as well.

7. Toss the scale

Numbers on a scale are meaningless, and yet we give them so much weight  –  pun intended. If you put how you feel, how much you move and the quality of the fuel you are eating first, the number will follow naturally. Changing this mindset is so important to achieving your goals. So instead of trying to hit a “perfect” number, set a goal that is truly meaningful to you.

The cycle of dieting leads to nowhere. It’s a very unnatural state for your body to be in and that’s why it doesn’t work. You may have gotten results a decade ago by putting your body through crazy diet rituals (remember the cabbage soup diet?), but eventually your body rejects these efforts.

Be kind to your body, and eat for health and wellness instead. Then, you’ll feel more energized, your body will be in balance and you’ll feel better than you did in your 20s. I promise!

To find out more about how to get your body on the right “track,” visit The Well Path today!