Ever wonder how so many fad diets spur their rise to fame? Even though it’s rarely long-lasting, we’ve seen plenty of craze diets sweep the nation before falling out of favor altogether. Weight Watchers, the Atkins diet, the South Beach diet—there’s no real end to the amount of healthy eating experts who have claimed to revolutionize past dieting systems in favor of a newer, more effective plan. Diets in Review recently penned an article that shares some of the best healthy eating tips that most diet plans have in common. These five reasonable, health-driven eating habits don’t promote counting calories or restricting diets; instead, they offer solutions to craving issues and will help you maintain a safe, healthy dining mentality.
What do most successful diets have in common? They urge followers to eat more than five servings of produce a day, which is the current recommended amount. Fruits and veggies are packed with nutrients and vitamins that are essential for any healthy diet, but that’s not all—they’re also naturally low in calories and will keep you feeling full (and satisfied!) longer. Aim for seven to nine servings of produce a day to maximize your diet and boost your health overall.
Most diet plans don’t include dessert, and if they do, they’re unsatisfying and ultimately not true healthy options. Interestingly, the most effective diets build in “cheat” eats, which most people use to satisfy a sweet tooth. Enjoying a small dessert is a great example of moderation, and has also been proven as a mood booster. In fact, rigid diets are most commonly associated with mood disorders and diet failures. So keep yourself in check by not skipping out on desserts altogether.
Plate size also plays an important factor in diet plan success. Portion control is an important tool that successful diets utilize for maximum weight loss without cutting types of food you need to maintain good health. Sure, you’ll be tempted to turn away completely from carbs, but portion control changes the need to eliminate food groups completely. There’s another bonus too: following suggested portion sizes will train your body to resist feeling stuffed. Worried about sticking to a portion plan? Enlist friends or family members to make the healthy-eating changes with you. Studies show that workout buddies and fellow dieters can yield better dieting results.
What else can you do to improve your overall diet? Plan at least 30 minutes of exercise a day to complete your healthy lifestyle revolution! Whether you bike to and from work or get up early for a sunrise jog, a half an hour a day will go a long way to keeping you fit, healthy, and happy.