14 Diet Hacks You Need To Know
September 14, 2018
Do you want hacks to eat healthier and get the flat tummy you’ve always wanted? At your request here are the top 14 hacks we’ve found to help you eat more healthy
1. Veggie Day
Go vegetarian once a week. Not only will it reduce your fat and calories intake, it will also increase the presence of fiber and beneficial nutrients in your body.
2. Toss The Junk
The only way to ensure that you don’t consume tons of junk food is to make sure it’s not around. Go through your secret drawer at work, your fridge and cabinets and throw the junk food away. I know what you think: “those are just snacks for when I’m tired/angry/busy”. However, you need to start somewhere. You can replace them with healthier ones (see hack #3). Also, abstain from buying anymore.
3. Stock Up On Healthy Snacks
Replace junk food with snacks that are good for you like fruits and vegetables. Whole-wheat, nuts and nutritious crackers like Kashi Original 7 Grain Sea Salt Pita Crisps are also good. Have it stocked in your home, take it on the road and have it available at work.
4. Start Cooking
It’s much better than eating out as you’ll be in control of your food hygiene and it saves you money as well.
5. Flax It Up
Essential fatty acids are abundant in ground flax seeds. I usually toss ground flax seed in my pancakes, cereal, anything I bake and in my oatmeal with frozen blueberries. Omega-3 essential fatty acids are “good” fats in flax seed and they have shown to have heart-healthy effects.
6. Forsake Juice
In general, conventional fruit juice served at grocery stores are bad. They are crushed fruits with their fibers striped away, so you’re left with just sugar and less nutrients. Seek organic whole fruits instead and neglect fruit juice. In a study, greater consumption of fruit juices was associated with a higher risk of type 2 diabetes.
7. Stay Water Powered
To stay healthy, it’s important to replace the fluid we lose when we breathe, sweat or urinate. The European Food Safety Authority recommends that women should drink about 1.6 litres of fluid and men should drink about 2.0 litres of fluid per day.
8. Say No To Mayonnaise
Mayonnaise is filled with unhealthy fat and so is butter and cream cheese. Find healthier replacements for your mayonnaise like Vegenaise.
9. Olive Yourself
Olives are magical.They’re great additions to salads, homemade pizzas and other dishes. Olive oil is also a great ally when it comes to cooking and it has been proven that it is a better alternative to butter. Extra virgin olive oil is loaded with antioxidants and healthy fats.
10. Berry Yourself In Berries
Blueberries are the best, but in general berries are great for your body as they are powerhouse for antioxidants.
11. Dieting Never Works
Don’t diet because they are too restrictive and temporary. Once you are off the diet, all bets are off and you let go. Instead, aim for a gradual change. Something you can sustain for the rest of your life. If you’re about to make a change to your diet, ask yourself If it’s something you can do forever. If not, you should consider a smaller or different change.
12. Nuts To That
Nuts are an excellent source for healthy oils and proteins. Add some to your meals or on salads. Raw is best, however avoid the ones that are salted like salted almonds, salted peanuts etc. Eating salted nuts contributes to your daily sodium intake, which can affect your blood pressure.
13. Change One Food At A Time
Change one thing in your diet and give yourself time to get used to it. A good example will be, instead of eating sugared cereal, try oatmeal or whole-grain cereal with low sugar. Or swap burgers with healthier sandwich. Once you’re used to that, (give it at least 2 weeks, a month is better), change another component of your diet. Changing your entire diet overnight has proven countlessly to be unsustainable. One food at a time is much better.
14. Bake Rather Than Fry
One of the best ways to lower fat consumption is to switch from deep fried foods to baked foods. Baking requires little or no oil and each tablespoon of oil adds 120 calories and 14 grams of fat to your food.