Make Your Diet Plan More Sustainable
Keeping a healthy diet can be more difficult today because of our dynamic and fast-paced lifestyles. Most of us know how it feels.
Even just trying to figure out which healthy diet is most appropriate for you can be challenging.
It’s a challenge to maintain a healthy diet day in and day out even when you’ve created a meal plan or eating pattern.
The good news is that even if sticking to a healthy diet can be challenging at times, you don’t have to give up your favorite foods to achieve it.
There are tons of tips and tricks that can make eating healthy easier, and most of them are free and simple.
Here are 11 of our favorite ways to eat healthy.
The word “diet” can mean several things. A dietary change can be short-term and designed to aid weight loss or another purpose (e.g., following the keto diet) or can refer to a person’s or community’s typical eating habits.
In this article, we focus mostly on the second application of diet – a sustainable eating pattern that corresponds to habits.
1. Consume whole foods on a regular basis
It is possible to follow a healthy diet in many different ways, and no two nutritious diets are the same.
Yet, most successful, long-term healthy diets tend to have one thing in common: Whole foods.
Whole foods are those that have been minimally processed, like:
- whole grains
- nuts and seeds
- eggs and dairy
- fresh animal proteins
Shakes, supplements, and fad diets might seem useful at first glance, but studies have repeatedly linked whole-food diets with better health outcomes.
Whole foods are packed with fiber, vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients that support a healthy gut and reduce the risk of chronic diseases such as obesity and diabetes
Increasing inflammation and promoting chronic disease is more likely with ultra-processed foods like chips, candy, and sodas. 6Trusted Source,
Healthy diets come in all shapes and sizes, but most of them consist of whole foods such as fruits, vegetables, grains, and proteins.
Think twice before going on a crash diet.
When starting a healthy diet, one of the most important questions you should ask yourself is, “Am I capable of maintaining this for a long time?”
If you answered no to that question, you could be on a crash diet.
A crash diet relies on extreme calorie restriction to achieve rapid weight loss (8 Trusted Source, 9 Trusted Source).
But here’s the thing about crash diets – well, the thing about diets in general, from keto to Atkins and everything in between – the results never last. Most people who diet gain back the weight they’ve lost (10 Trusted Source, 11 Trusted Source, 12 Trusted Source). However, one diet that has stood the test of time is the Mediterranean diet.
Therefore, when you’re trying to stick to a healthy diet, try not to focus too much on weight loss.
Oftentimes, healthy habits you instill through a nutritious diet prove far more valuable in the long run than how much weight you lose quickly.