The basics of losing weight make sense: eat healthy, exercise, get enough sleep, drink a lot of water, and manage your stress. But when it boils down to the logistics, many people get confused. What does "eating healthy" actually look like? After all, there's no one-size-fits-all diet.
Online health coach Sarah Duff (@sarahdufflifestyleandfitness on Instagram) shared some tips to improve your eating habits, which can help you make gradual changes and see results. Whether you want to eat better to lose weight or just feel healthier, these are the nine things Sarah recommends:
- Don't be extreme.
- Plan your meals ahead of time.
- Have a fridge that reflects your goals.
- Remember portions aren't universal, so find what works for you.
- Have a basic meal format (such as protein plus vegetables).
- Eat without distractions (no TV or phone).
- Have a support network.
- Focus on progress, not perfection.
- Keep your eye on your "why."
"When you're trying to learn new habits, you need to actually do some thinking and learning to plan things ahead of time," she wrote in her Instagram caption. "If you continue to freewheel in a state of chaos, you will end up back at square one. Remember change needs change."
So start making these changes today, and you'll see progress in no time. Remember: a lifestyle transformation doesn't happen overnight. But with these baby steps, you can work toward a healthier you.