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Drink plenty of water
Staying hydrated with basic H2O is an easy and dramatic way to improve your health. Drinking enough water can also help with weight loss by keeping your stomach feeling full. Drink water before, during and after a meal to aid digestion.
- If you feel like snacking, try drinking a full glass of water first. If you’re still hungry 15 minutes after your drink, then it’s time for a snack.
- Carry water with you so you can easily pick it up when you’re thirsty.
Avoid sugary drinks
These include soft drinks, juices, sports and energy drinks, as well as other products containing artificial sweeteners. Giving up sugary drinks is one of the easiest ways you can instantly improve your diet and become healthier. A white chocolate crème frappuccino has whopping 500 calories. While it’s okay to treat yourself with these and other drinks every once in a while, it’s not a good idea to make them a regular part of your diet.
Consider participating in Meatless Mondays
Meatless Monday is an international campaign that encourages people to give up eating meat one day per week. Eating less meat can have several health benefits, as most people already have enough protein in their diets.
Stay away from fast food
As we all know fast food is bad for our health, yet it continues to remain a weekly staple for too many people. For one, fast food is often fried, processed, and excessively salty. Add soft drinks and fries and your meal could easily burn through half of your suggested caloric intake for the day. To add insult to injury, much of the fat contained in fast food is trans fat, the worst kind of fat.
Reduce your alcohol intake
Excessive alcohol consumption makes you gain weight and is hard for the liver to process leading to a host of preventable diseases. Drinking in moderation is key, if you do consume alcohol, consider drink a glass of wine or beer with your meal as opposed to multiple drinks at a bar.
- Red wine, in particular, contains polyphenol, called resveratrol that scientists believe is particularly heart-healthy. Resveratrol improves the function of blood vessels in the heart and curbs the amount of “bad” cholesterol in your body.
- Are you pregnant and worried about drinking? Doctors recommend expectant mothers to abstain from alcohol.