It’s mid-morning, and your stomach is starting to growl. You are looking for a pick me up snack, and when you look in the kitchen, you are torn between your options of eating an apple or gobbling up a pack of chocolate chip cookies. Man, those cookies are tempting. Why should you eat the apple when chocolate chips would make you feel so much better?
It’s sometimes hard to make healthy eating choices in the moment, especially when you are hungry. However, perhaps the one thing which might help would be to consider all of the benefits of eating healthy. There are so many benefits to putting nutritious food in your body instead of junk, and keeping these benefits in mind could help you make the right choices.
Healthy eating is not the same as going on a diet. A diet is when you restrict your calories to lose weight, and most diets would be impossible to maintain for the long term. Healthy eating means eating a healthy, balanced diet of foods for the long run, which will result in a long time, sustained weight loss.
Here are some of the reasons to start eating healthier today:
You’ll Get Used to It Faster Than you Think
When you first switch from junk food to healthy eating, your body goes through the symptoms of withdrawal because you were addicted to unhealthy food. When you have a salad and a boiled egg for lunch, your stomach will be growling a few hours later, and you will be craving a hit of fat or sugar. This is the hardest part and the point when most dieters lapse and give in their urges.
However, if you can get past those initial cravings, things will get a lot easier. You will stop craving junk food as much. You will begin to enjoy your healthy diet and even start to crave it. When you are hungry, you will think about fresh fruit, vegetables, and lean protein rather than grease, salt, and sugar. After a while, the thought of unhealthy food will even turn you off, and if you indulge yourself in a greasy double cheeseburger and a large fries, you will feel a little bit ill, as you probably should.
You, Will, Look Sexier
If you stick to a healthy eating (and exercise) routine and commit to it, you will be amazed by how quickly you start to see a difference in your body. It’s a great feeling to look in the mirror and say, “Wow, my bum has shrunk!” You will find extra room in the waistline of your jeans, your face will look slimmer in photographs, and your skin will look brighter.
You Will Have More Energy
After a short while of eating healthy foods, you will find that you sleep better, wake up more relaxed in the morning, and have much more energy to take on the day. You don’t feel sluggish after meals, and you don’t get as cranky and irritable when you are hungry.
When your body is running on the right fuel, you will feel like such a more robust and productive machine.
Your Health Will Improve
Eating healthy foods and exercising regularly has been proven to help with diabetes, heart disease, anxiety, high cholesterol, and depression. You will feel so much better when you lead a healthy lifestyle, and you might even see the symptoms of these diseases decrease. You will also be getting more vitamins, minerals, and nutrients that your body needs to defend itself against disease.
These are just a few of the reasons to start eating healthy foods today. The transition is difficult at first, as you begin to get past your junk food cravings and learn how to prepare healthier meals. However, once you get into the rhythm, you can create some sustainable, nutritious eating habits which will keep you slim and fit for the rest of your life.