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Here is my ultimate guide to being thinner and quicker in the kitchen. Eat what you want when you want and watch all your fat problems melt away. Ohh if it were so easy I hear you say but lets stay positive here for a second and say it is that easy. There are as few or as many steps to healthier eating as you care to come up with. The trick is understanding the difference between "Healthier" and "Healthy" and to get yourself into the right frame of mind so it becomes normal.
Everyone likes to eat healthily and everyone thinks they do a pretty good job of it except for the "odd time" they eat badly. As long as it is the odd time then your doing great. Trying to stay positive here but a quick home truth, it's not the odd time so be honest. Obesity is rising, disease is rising etc etc meaning we are eating to much of the wrong foods. Ok back to the positive, there is hope as long as you are willing to change. "Healthier" is just that, healthier. shallow fry instead of deep fat fry, grilling instead of shallow fry.
Neither of the burgers above could be considered healthy by any stretch of the imagination but by simply taking out the bacon makes it a slightly healthier option and that's the concept you need to understand. From there you can go to your "Rabbit food".
I have delayed you long enough although I hope the burgers kept you interested. I could have said there are 5 steps or even one step but I decided to do a bit more of the work for you.
Eat Breakfast - the important part is to just eat something. Once you start to eat in the morning you will have more energy and burn more calories. You may find you are more hungry throughout the day but that's ok, eat more fresh food. Initially it is less important what you eat just as long as you eat. You can then make it healthier until you are eating porridge with some fresh fruit.
Drink more water - If you are properly hydrated you will metaboilse food more efficiently and think more clearly. When you are hungry your body send out a signal to tell you, its the same signal when you are thirsty. If its time to eat then eat, if not drink a glass of water and wait 20 minutes.
Food Diary - it can be tedious but, to stick with the positive slant on everything, you only have to do it for a few days. Get an understanding on what you are doing and then focus on the easy wins.
Swaps - "No Backsies" swap something out of your life like fizzy drinks and use sparkling water and a cordial. Simple water would be better but we are focused on "Healthier". Avoid cutting things out as you will probably go back whereas a swap will last.
Treat yourself - Avoid doing this with food but when you do have a treat enjoy it. I enjoy sugar laden snacks like the rest of the world but they are not for every day. I would much prefer to eat the unhealthy snack than a healthy version of an unhealthy snack. You end up eating way more of the healthy version without scratching your itch. Just make sure you exercise enough to pay for the unhealthy snack.
Batch cook - a frozen meal is something prepared and frozen so just do it yourself. Cook more than you are going to need and freeze it. You will save time in the long run and have healthy meals at your finger tips when you are to tired to cook after a long days work etc.
Brown it up - A bit like swapping but its so important it got its own segment. Swap out white rice, white bread etc for brown versions. Higher in fibre and more nutritious it will keep you feeling fuller for longer and give you a smaller net calorie gain. Just do it, you wont notice the difference after a week or two.
Ingredients lists - if there is a list avoid/reduce it. Single fresh ingredients are all you need. Stick to the outer ring of the supermarkets as that's where the fresh produce is. Go inside at your peril.
New - Try new things/ingredients. Each week try a new ingredient, new recipe, new way of cooking. New things will stop you getting bored or worse eating the same sandwich for lunch everyday for ten years straight. Its a slippery slope and one you really don't want to fall down.
Chew - Simply chew your food. Digestion starts in the mouth when you crush and tear food. The smaller the pieces are when the reach your stomach the more nutrition you can extract from it. Take your time and enjoy eating, it will stay warm for longer than you think.
You can pick which one you want to start with and go from there. The more you can do the better but keep it simple as it will be better for you in the long run.