Drink Water

Hunger is often confused with dehydration. Next time you feel like having a snack, have a glass of water. Aim to drink eight glasses a day and limit soda, caffeine and alcohol. Drinking water before meals can promote weight loss and studies have shown that those who drink two glasses of water before meals feel fuller and eat less.

Eat Complex Carbohydrates

Replace refined carbohydrates like white bread, pasta, cereal, bagels with complex carbohydrates like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds and legumes. Fruits and vegetables are high in fiber, which slows digestion and promotes stable blood sugar levels. Complex carbohydrates are also packed with antioxidants that help reduce inflammation in the body.

Choose healthy fats

A common misconception is that fat should be completely eliminated. Nothing is far from the truth. The body utilizes dietary fat for energy, healthy hair, skin, nails, vitamin absorption and normal body functions.

Eat quality protein

Our bodies require protein to continuously renew and replenish cell, stabilize our blood sugar and give us energy. Many foods contain protein, but the richest sources are animal products like meat, dairy, eggs and fish and plant sources like beans, lentils, nuts and seeds.

Eat Breakfast

By eating a hearty breakfast you will give your metabolism a jumpstart and be in better control of your cravings. When we miss our breakfast, we are often hungry by mid morning and more likely to engage in nibbling, snacking, overeating. Studies have shown that daily breakfast eating is associated with maintaining a healthy weight.

Eat more frequently

It’s important to balance your food intake throughout the day to help maintain normal blood sugar level and decrease the chances of binging when hunger strikes. Feeding your body on a regular basis lets it know that food is available and it’s okay to burn energy than conserve and store it as fat.

Exercise your body and mind

Exercise has enormous benefit for your mind and body resulting in decreased weight, smaller waist circumference, lower resting heart rate and blood pressure. It also boosts mood. Try to exercise 30 minutes a day to keep your body strong and lean.
Even playing with children or activities like gardening helps keep the body active.
Its also just as important to keep your mind active. Boost your brain power by meditating, reading and playing Sudoku.

Catch some sleep

Research suggests that those who sleep five hours or less weigh five pounds more than those getting at least seven hours of sleep. Said simply: Sleep more, and weigh less.

Learn to cook

Cooking meals at home allows you to control portion sizes, the quality of ingredients and cuts your intake of sodium, fat and calories. Try to avoid frying by learning to roast or bake and eat more raw food to cut calories. Experiment with herbs and spices to reduce salt intake.

Keep track of what you eat

Be a food detective and investigate what you choose to put in your body. Check labels and avoid ingredients like sugar, trans fats and long chemical names that are hard to pronounce. The healthiest foods are those found just as nature intended- whole and
unprocessed. When was the last time your saw an ingredient list on a stalk of broccoli or a fresh fillet of fish?