We live in an increasingly health conscious society, yet at the same time, more than a quarter of us are obese, some morbidly so. Recent studies have suggested that the current generation will be the first to not live as long as their parents, owing to their poor lifestyles, with too much junk food and alcohol. It’s time we started taking better care of ourselves. The problem is, so few of us know how. We’ve got into such bad habits that it can be difficult to know where to start getting healthy. Thankfully, help is on hand. With just a few simple changes to your diet, you could be back in peak condition before you know it. Here’s how:
Replacement is a key part of getting back on track to a healthy lifestyle. With replacement theory, you don’t have to give up anything you enjoy – just replace it with a healthier alternative. For example, most brands make reduced fat or diet versions of their most popular products. So whether it’s cheese, yoghurt or even ranch dressing that’s your weakness, you should be able to find a healthier version, without the extra fat, salt and sugar. The second string to replacement theory is to look at what you think. Many of us knock back sugary sodas without a second thought – it’s only a drink right, what’s the harm? Well, sugar is full of calories, and the average cola drink has eight spoons of the stuff. Even so-called healthy drinks like smoothies and fruit juice are high in fruit sugars, which may be natural, but are just as fattening as any other kind of sweet stuff. If you must have something sweet, choose a diet soda, but if you’ve got the willpower, go for water. It’s simple, refreshing, and calorie free.
Another route to healthy lifestyles is to invest in foods with a high GI. High GI foods are foods that keep you feeling fuller for longer so you aren’t tempted to snack between meals. Think wholemeal bread and pasta, and long grain brown rice to keep hunger pangs at bay.
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