Do you find it difficult to find that “perfect” meal plan? Are you confused by all the misleading fad diets, influencers, and supplements out there? Does the confusion leave you no clue with how to fuel your body for energy and performance?
Well, here’s the simple truth. You don’t need an elaborate diet or meal plan to make big changes to the way you eat. Simple and incremental changes work. Diets don’t. If you’re ready, here are a few ideas to get started.
Choose one of these to try out. If it works, great! If not, give another tip a try. It is all about what works for you so be curious, experiment with different things, and find what is most helpful to integrate into your lifestyle.
- Eat to 80% Full. As you eat, periodically stop and gauge how full you are. Stop eating when you are about 80% full. If this seems too difficult, practice leaving a little bit of food behind at each meal. This practice helps you notice and respond to your body’s hunger and satiety cues, and can be an easy way to kick start weight loss.
- Slow Down. Eating slowly is another strategy to developing awareness of your hunger and fullness signals. Put your utensils or food down between each bite, set a timer to eat your meal over a longer period, or finish eating at the same time as the slowest eater at your table.
- Add a Veggie. Just like it says. Eat one more serving off vegetables a day. A serving is about the size of your fist.
- Food & Drink Tracking. Track your food & drink intake for one week using notes, a chart, or an app. Be curious and honest. Gather and examine your data and make an informed choice on your next step to better nutrition.
Still need a little more support? Reach out to our Director of Nutrition & Wellness, Lindsay Silbert at email@example.com for your free Habit Trackers or to schedule a complimentary Wellness Assessment with one of our Health Coaches.
Jen Cameron is one of Merritt Clubs’ Fitness Directors and Health Coaches.