There are plenty of tempting treats at groceries in Honolulu, HI, you shouldn’t make your home a fat trap, too. Eating healthy is the key to losing weight. You won’t make progress if you’re eating a family-size bag of chips and washing it down with a liter of cola after exercising, no matter how long the session is. It’s hard to avoid sweet treats and junk food, but here are a few things that can help.
Are you your own worst enemy?
Do you use the excuse that the kids want the cookies and snacks in your cart at the grocery, but you know you’ll eat them, too? Rethink your logic. Save your kids from the mental and physical problems that come from being overweight and help them learn healthy habits young. Get fresh fruit instead of buying fruit bars with all the added sugar. Have fruit and vegetables cut and ready in the refrigerator. Don’t forget some healthy dip.
Focus on portion size and what you can eat.
One benefit of eating healthy is that it isn’t dieting. Dieting is restrictive and leaves you feeling deprived. Instead of feeling deprived, focus on finding healthy meals you love. Remember portion size if you want a piece of birthday cake or another treat. Savor every bite slowly. You’ll feel more satisfied and far less deprived.
Remember that what you drink makes a difference.
Sugary drinks can also help pack on the pounds. Most people realize soft drinks add calories but don’t realize that fruit juice also does. The problem with fruit juice is that it’s packed with fruit sugar but has no filling fiber. Fiber also slows the entry of sugar into your bloodstream, so you don’t have a glucose spike. Opt for green or iced tea without added sugar, black coffee, or water.
- Make snacks and meals ahead and store them in portions. Make trail mix and separate it into individual portion-size bags. Do meal planning and store meals in portions.
- Stop before you eat junk food or add candy or snack food to your purchases at the gas station or grocery store. Ask yourself if it’s worth giving up all the progress you’ve made. Chances are, it’s just an impulse purchase that has become a habit.
- Treat yourself to something special. Use a one-cup Mason jar with a lid as the container for a healthy parfait. Add a layer of Greek yogurt, frozen cherries, and half a ripe banana. Top it with yogurt and walnuts. Put the lid on and store it until you need a sweet treat.
- If you feel an overwhelming urge to eat something sweet, drink a glass of water and go for a walk. The water can fill your belly and the walk will divert your attention. If walking outside isn’t prudent, do calisthenics in your living room.
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