Having trouble balancing your eating habits and health? This guide provides some basic pointers in maintaining healthy eating habits to keep your body 'thin'.
Moderation. When serving your own meal, it's best to have just enough food on your plate to avoid over-eating. If you're unable to go on a diet, due to health or willpower issues, don't! Eat just enough food to keep curb your hunger, then stop.
Balance. Always try to balance your meals according to basic nutritional categories. For example, there should be a good mix of proteins, vitamins, minerals, fiber, carbohydrates, fats, etc. in your meals each day.
Variety. Eating a variety of foods from each basic food group will not only benefit your nutrition, it will also help you stay clear of junk food cravings.
Avoid the munchies. Eating junk food between meals is not good for you. However, snacking on healthy food between meals, in addition to cutting down the size of your meals, can help increase your metabolism. This will let your body burn calories at a faster rate.
Exercise. Nutritionists and other related professionals recommend exercise as an important part of any diet or weight loss plan. Also, every single modern diet plan lists it as a requirement. Exercise is also a key component in keeping thin, but this can take any form of activity or movement such as walking. Doctors recommend 30-60 minutes (depending on intensity) of aerobic activity at least five days a week to lose weight.
Stay focused. Do your best to take your mind off of food. Wherever you choose to spend time, do so away from junk food. Make it inconvenient for yourself to snack on junk food.
Eat the right amount of foods. Eating the right amounts of foods keeps you fit and healthy. Always keep your eyes wide open, and remember that you need to be in tip-top shape.
Avoid restaurants. Try not going near places that may be bad for your diet, such as restaurants and fast-food places. Eateries that do not offer healthy menu items and meals should be avoided.
Eat whole grains rather than processed ones (whole wheat bread rather than white, for example) and less-cooked vegetables rather than more-cooked. The more processed a food is, the higher its glycemic index, or the more likely your body is to turn it into fat.
Eat a healthy breakfast. Having an egg in the morning is one of the best ways to lose weight, as the high-quality protein keeps you fuller longer. Some research has shown that a big breakfast and smaller lunch and dinner may be healthier than another combination. This is because after fasting through the night, your body needs energy and will burn that food rather than storing it.
Meat Try to limit red meats in your diet (beef and pork) to once or twice a week. Instead, eat chicken, turkey, or fish (not fried!) to get lean protein. Lean protein is less likely to turn into fat. When you add meat to your meal, portion it to 1/4 of your plate. This will get you just the right amout of protein a day.
Weight and health are directly related, but body fat and health have closer ties. Ideal body fat percentage is based on gender and height. It is best to consult a doctor and/or nutritionist to find your ideal body fat percentage.
Staying thin requires the right balance between calories in and calories out.
Avoid eating right before your metabolism slows down. For example, don't eat late at night, before you sleep, and don't eat before any long period of inactivity. Doing so triggers our body's mechanism for storing fat.
If you're serious about staying focused, it might be helpful to avoid places such as movie theaters, parties, restaurants, and any other gatherings that focus on food.
Don't skip meals such as breakfast, for you will actually gain weight, as your body needs will lessen and when you eat breakfast again, your body will store all the fat.
Add Enzyme Food Supplements to your diet since they are the catalyst that burn the food ingested
Don't overdo it. Keep a steady intake of nutrition and avoid fasting. Fasting, or rather staying away from food for long periods throughout a day, will starve your body. When your body is starved of food, it switches metabolic gears and focuses on storing fat instead of burning calories.
Eating too little will rob your body of its nutritional requirements.
Don't be too obsessed in following any one diet, plan, or eating habit. There is room in most healthy diets for a dessert now and then.
Things You'll Need
Nutrition chart, the new US food pyramid guide, and/or books about nutrition
Personal schedule for planned meals
A partner or group of people that may be able to help you (optional)