Just by making some small changes, you can definitely control your eating and get fit. These small adjustments and tweaks to your lifestyle can add up to your money savings and at the same time help you in reaching your fitness goals.
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Here are five practical tips that can help you stay fit and even save you money.
Planning ahead and be prepared is the most important step towards making sure that you are eating nutritious foods in proper and right portions. Deciding your own weekly menu and buying in advance will arm you for success. Prepare your snacks and meals for the week during Sunday and try to portion them out in the refrigerator in the containers. You can try hard boil five to six eggs and keep them in the refrigerator for your snacks or breakfast. You can also try to grill up a bunch of fish or chicken breast and portion it along with steamed broccoli, asparagus or green beans in your containers for your lunch, dinner and snacks.
Go through your pantry and refrigerator and round-up all the indulgent foods. If you have opened packages or containers, then toss them out. Although it may seem wasteful and it can also feel painful to throw them away that you spent money on. However, it does not mean that you will keep this food in your home. Some cities have food banks and pantries an willing to accept unopened canned goods and dry goods. Try searching online for the nearest food pantry and find out what food you can donate. If it is out of sight, then you’ll eat less.
Avoid Emotional Eating
Stress, boredom or anger can drive you to eat less healthy foods or eat too much. If you are feeling any of these emotions, then stop and ask yourself, “Am I hungry or just looking for an emotional fix?”. Divert your attention to something helpful that will forget your emotional feeling. A short walk outside might help. Doing your hobbies or sports you love is also a great way to stay active and fit and forget emotional eating.
Fill Your Plate With Vegetables
Getting a daily recommended seven servings of healthy vegetables and fruits every day can be challenging, yet if you make sure that meal and snack includes one or two servings of fruits or vegetables, then you will be there at the end of the day. You can try filling at least half of the plate with these healthy foods during lunch and dinner. This will also help in cutting the calories without leaving you feeling hungry.
Trick Your Brain and Stomach
Eating your lunch and dinner on smaller plates can help in eating too much. Seeing a fuller plate can trick the brain into thinking that you are already eating more and feel full faster. If you are on your cheat day, there are routine that will work best and control what you eat.