Is the Stress of Healthy Eating Making You Gain Weight?
You’ve been making the effort. You get the idea that healthily losing weight is as much about what you eat as it is about how much you eat. So you’ve started to prepare more of your own meals, cut down on packaged and foods, and try to make sure your diet is balanced.
But you still struggle to get the weight loss results you hoped for.
Why is that?
The ‘Stress’ of Healthy Eating for Weight Loss
Making the transition to a healthy diet isn’t always easy. Suddenly, you need to be conscious of everything you eat. You end up thinking of food almost constantly, and not just for the usual reasons.
You must check the nutrition info on everything. You have to remember your serving sizes. You need to look for added ingredients that can ruin otherwise healthy foods. Preparing healthy meals and snacks takes a lot longer than just buying a burger. And all those fresh foods you bought earlier in the week aren’t looking so fresh now.
You have to do that for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack time, day in and day out. That stress of making the transition to a healthier diet can wear down the best of us. And that increases the chances of having a healthy-diet-ruining binge, or, even worse, giving up.
Tips to For Eating Healthily with Less Stress
First, if you truly want to lose weight, you will always need to be vigilant about things like serving sizes and nutrition. If losing weight was completely stress-free and easy, you probably wouldn’t need to lose weight, you’d already be there.
That said, there are choices you can make at the grocery store that are healthy but still fast and easy to prepare. Here are a few suggestions.
- Rotisserie Chicken – Most grocery stores offer prepared rotisserie chickens. All you need to do is heat them, remove the skin and enjoy.
- Greek Yogurt – It has more protein and fewer simple carbs as regular yogurt
- Canned Tuna – Make sure to choose a low-sodium variety
- 90 second Rice – While this may not be as good as preparing your own rice, it’s worth the trade off in preparation time.
- Fresh & Frozen Vegetables – The jury is still out on whether fresh or frozen vegetables are more nutritious,. If you like fresh, only get as much as you can eat before they start to get stale.
- Fresh & Frozen Fruit – Ditto for your fruit.
- Nuts – Unsalted almonds, pistachios and walnuts are great choices.
- Avocado – They last a bit longer and can be easily prepared in lots of different ways.
- Whole Eggs – Also can be quickly prepared in many different ways and a great source of protein too.
If you would like to find out about more common foods found in just about any grocery store that can be part of a healthy, weight-loss diet, call or visit your nearest Herbal One Centre and talk to a nutritional consultant.