You’ve decided (for many good reasons) that you’re going to drop some unhealthy pounds but, where do you start? What are some tried and true simple ways to get things off on the right foot? There is no trick to this. Improving and having a good diet is half the battle won. Not just to lose weight but for overall healthier eating, fitter being and energising. Believe us when we say that it’s not difficult and these easy hacks to start eating healthy are just the solution you were looking for.
5 Easy Hacks To Start Eating Healthy
1. Detox Water
Sodas, processed drinks and juices are so outdated. They contain a ton of sugar, a primary culprit that causes weight gain, heart problems and of course, diabetes. Natural ingredients are your answer to the damage done by it. Instead of reaching out to a can of coke to quench your thirst, you can make a healthier infused detox water. You can use fresh fruits like strawberries, lemon or orange, herbs and even vegetable slices. Our favourite is a combination of lemon, mint and cucumbers. It’s best to leave the ingredients infused overnight and consumed as soon as you wake up for best results. This is one of the easy hacks to start eating healthy and losing some pounds. You’ll see those inches decrease soon after!
2. Replace Flour With Oats
White wheat flour or ‘maida’ is high processed, lacks necessary nutrients and also contains gluten. For a healthier option, replace white flour with oats. Simply process dry oat flakes in a blender, food processor or a coffee grinder. There are a number of ways to incorporate it into your meal. From Oats rotis to Upma and even as a thickening agent in soups instead of white flour, the benefits are endless with this super ingredient. You can also substitute ‘maida’ for ‘nachni’ or Ragi – a healthier and nourishing grain.
3. Replace Sugar With Bananas In Smoothies And Ice-creams
Ice-creams! Ultimate guilty pleasure? Yes, but this twist puts a spin on your favourite frozen dessert and makes it a healthier option. By freezing bananas, their taste changes, and when you blend them – they give a rich, smooth and creamy texture, similar to that of whipped whole milk cream. Adding it to your smoothies and ice-creams not only gives it the mimicked texture but also provides natural sweetness instead of sweetness from processed sugar – a common ingredient in your frozen treat. All you need is peeled ripe bananas that have been frozen overnight. Use it the next day for healthy goodies.
4. Avoid Making Food The Central Focus Of Your Outings
This might sound like a tiny point to make but works very efficiently. It may not be one of the easy hacks to start eating healthy but it certainly is a hack to stop eating unhealthy items. Much of the food prepared outside contains sugar, processed foods, saturated fats and a huge dose of sodium. Instead of planning to eat out for your weekend outings, plan activities that don’t revolve around chomping down a cheesy grilled sandwich or a greasy plate of pav bhaji. It could be a walk at the beach, catching a movie or even going cycling with friends.
5. Eat More Fats
For years, decades even, we’ve been fed the lie that the best way to control calories and shed fat is to cut fat from our diet. Since fat contains more calories per gram than protein or carbs, it only makes sense that, in order to lose fat, you need to consume less of it, right? Wrong.
This trick may sound far from those easy hacks to start eating healthy but believe us, satiating fat leaves you feeling full. Nothing is worse than eating a lower-calorie diet that leaves your hungry all the time. This is traditionally a huge problem in diets which deny you foods with a higher fat content such as nuts, fatty fish, cheese, and avocado. The more satiated you are, the less likely that you’re going to sneak in snacks between meals or pile on a second helping. It’s true, fat is good for you. That said, fat is not a calorie-free food.Fats are delicious and easy to over-consume so, even if you are making an effort to eat more fat in your diet, make sure your efforts are calculated.
And healthier eating begins in 3, 2, 1..