Diet is a huge part of overall health – in order to be as healthy as possible and to ward off many serious diseases and ailments you need to keep a close eye on both the types and the quantities of foods that you are consuming. Most Americans now aware that eating a diet consisting mainly of fried foods and foods that are high in saturated fats and sugar can contribute to obesity, heart disease and diabetes – but far fewer realize the potential negative effects that can be brought on by how you eat the food that you eat.
A great starting point for controlling your consumption is to slow down the pace at which you eat. Chew each bite thoroughly and take the time to take a breath between bites. Your stomach needs time to communicate the fact that you are full to your brain; if you are inhaling your food at every meal you could be consuming many more calories than you actually need to feel satisfied.
Another great trick is to make meal time for meals and nothing else. Don’t plant yourself in front of your favorite television show or computer game with heaping helpings of food, because eating while you’re distracted often leads to overeating as well. Focusing only on your food will go a long way toward helping you keep your portions under control.
If you are going to have snack foods around as an occasional treat, be sure that you put them where they belong. Keeping bowls, boxes or bags of snack foods where they are visible will almost always lead to unnecessary snacking. Keep your food in the cupboards where it is out of sight and you’ll be less likely to eat it when you probably shouldn’t.
Your primary care physician or home care nurse should be able to provide more advice on structuring your diet and if you are looking for healthy ways to control your weight beyond your diet, your doctor or health aide may be able to provide suggestions on a regular exercise routine as well.