Monitoring what you put into your body is a very significant part of leading a healthy lifestyle. And let’s face, finding and maintaining a proper diet is probably the hardest part of the journey to health and fitness for most people. Health and fitness enthusiast and model Sondra Barker, once struggled with the battle between indulgence and dieting, but now has things down to a T. Check out her tips for creating a healthy diet fit for you!
The biggest diet misconception out is definitely weird diet trends like putting butter in your coffee, drinking butter in the morning, putting coconut oil on everything. Staying away from certain foods or that somehow being vegetarian will keep you thin. Everything comes down to science, calories in versus calories out. It’s common sense almost. Protein and vegetables are general low in calories so if you can include them in many of your meals you will automatically be taking in fewer calories. Fats and Carbs on the other hand are much higher in calories and you only have to consume a small portion for those calories to add up.
I am the queen of making small changes that make a huge difference. The first step to begin your path to a healthier diet is to write a list of idea for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks. Being prepared will help when you get hungry and can’t think of what to eat. It usually ends up being something not so great like chips which aren’t filling and are high in calories. My second advice is to write down all the treats and snacks you love, and then find lower calorie versions of them. For example, if you are addicted to ice-cream, try sorbet or finding a low-calorie ice cream, or even seeing if you can satisfy those cravings with fudge pops which are usually sugar free and low in calories.
People think you have to starve or eat foods you hate and that’s just not the case. When I did nutritional counseling, for the first session I would do a run-through of everything they ate the day before. I would have them eat normal and document everything they ate. Then the first step was to find alternatives and switch out some of the foods to lower calorie versions.
I focus on having good eating habits and I actually enjoy vegetables. Then I eat small meals and when I do have a nice dinner they are very long around 3-4hrs. I actually have an entire post on it here: http://prettyfitfoodie.com/2017/06/28/eat-whatever-you-want-and-not-gain-weight/