1. Starting your day off right can be a key factor in the rest of your day. Try starting with a glass of water before partaking in other liquids such as coffee or juices. Adding clarity to your morning routine and getting your metabolism rolling. Staying hydrated throughout the day is one of those little things that can make a big difference. Keep water bottles readily available throughout your day. Kitchen counter, desk at work, night stand and even one in the bathroom to hydrate while you are practicing good oral hygiene.
2. You might think that snacking is a dirty word. When done in moderation and planned out around your other meals, it is just to boost you need mid-morning or as an afternoon jolt. Preparing your snacks ahead of time allows you to not reach for the convenient unhealthy choice, but will allow you to have control of the portion and nutritional value. Nuts, dried fruit, fresh fruit and veggies, hummus, hard-boiled egg, or a low-fat cheese stick or slice are all healthy choices. Ensure they are either fiber or protein packed, or both. One of these snacks paired with an 8-ounce or more glass of water will be just the filler you need until mealtime.
3. Just as too many calories can have adverse effects on your health and weight, too little calories can cause problems, as well. Depriving yourself of food, as a way of thinking you are doing good for your body, will have the opposite outcome when it comes to slowing your metabolism which reduces muscle and retains fat, leading to weight gain. Making healthier choices and a meal plan are great ways to count calories and track your intake. Make sure your body gets the fuel it needs each day.
Remember, for the tips listed here today; you have to develop what works for you, your body size, and adequate daily caloric intake. Sharing and taking best practices from those around you who are also practicing a more nutritious regiment is fine, just make certain they fit your needs and portion sizes to meet your daily intake. Here's to eating well and making those small changes on the road to better nutrition!
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