The idea of “healthy eating” is actually very simple but “experts” want to sell you books, so they take a few easy rules and blow them up into book size. Let us remember what you are doing. To persuade your body to use stored fat, you have to burn more energy than you take in.
This is a simple process. You calculate how many calories you need for your basic activities and then eat less. If experts agree on anything it is that the average person uses around 2,000 calories per day.
Obviously this will vary up or down depending on your gender, height, weight and the nature of your daily activities but, if you use this as a guideline, it is now possible to lose weight by counting food to the value of 1,750 calories as your daily intake and increasing your level of activity.
As you reduce your body weight, you also reduce the risk of Type 2 Diabetes, high blood pressure, strokes and heart disease. You become more healthy.
It is easy to be bored by food. You can be trapped in a routine, eating the same things on the same days out of habit. If you genuinely make a commitment to change, this is your chance to try new foods or simply remember old foods you used to like.
For too long, you have been rejecting foods out of prejudice. Now you should look at vegetables and fruits again, and there is a world of whole grains to explore. You should be aiming for plenty of fibre in foods that are low in fat and, if possible, with no cholesterol, never forgetting to keep portions small.
There is a real problem when you eat out. Almost every diner and fast food outlet puts too much food on your plate. Reject the supersize option and leave food uneaten on your plate. Stop eating when you know you have had enough.
There are the obvious things like using less sugar in your coffee and less salt in your cooking, drinking water rather than sodas, and so on. But there is also a need to avoid any guilt. There are going to be times when you lapse and eat something “forbidden”. Everybody does.
It is alright to have a sweet or some fries once in a while. A healthy diet is all the rest of the time. Your morale needs a boost every now and again. Just keep building up new food habits and eating smart. Over time, your weight will come down and your health will improve.