Healthy Eating Diets

by Karen Bates
(last updated February 12, 2014)

Dieting is something that many people try at some point during their lives to become healthier. While many of us who try diets eventually stop sticking to them, we go into it with good intentions and high hopes.

Healthy eating diets can be difficult to stick to, but eating healthy foods is vital to your overall well-being. It is important to think of eating healthy as a lifestyle change instead of just a diet. Fad diets and too good to be true slim-down gimmicks can suck people in with promises of extreme weight loss, but don't usually work very well in the end.

Eating a healthy diet does not have to be complicated or frustrating. In fact, it's fairly simple to follow a healthy food lifestyle by remembering a few important points:

  • One of the quickest ways to effectively lose weight and eat healthier is to cut sugar out of your diet. Even a moderate decrease in your sugar consumption can make a large difference. Instead of adding sugar to make foods taste better, use rich flavors and seasonings to make them more appealing. This can also go for salt, another ingredient that can be harmful to your body in large amounts.
  • Try implementing various grains into your meals. You don't have to use only the basics like rice and whole wheat—expand your food horizons and experiment with new things like quinoa or couscous. These will make eating healthy more fun and exciting.
  • Eat vegetables and fruits in all different colors. Getting various colors of produce in your diet will help ensure that you are receiving all of the vitamins you need, and many fruits and veggies are rich in antioxidants.
  • When you eat meat, opt for lean cuts. Go for poultry like chicken over red meat if you can, but whatever you choose make sure it has only a small amount of fat. Try not to fry or bread meats—grill or bake them instead for a healthier option.
  • Drink more water. Don't reach for a sugary soda drink, since these will sabotage the good you are doing by eating healthy foods. Sip water often to avoid dehydration.

Making a few dietary changes can make a big difference, and it doesn't have to be difficult. Eating more fruits, vegetables, and grains instead of sugary snacks and fattening foots is a tried and true method of losing weight and helping you to prevent illness. Healthy eating can help you live a longer, happier life.

Author Bio

Karen Bates

An English student who enjoys writing and art, Karen has had her poetry published in her university's literary journal and has several novels in the works. ...

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