10 Sneaky Ways to Improve Your Diet

Improving what you eat is one of the best things you can do for your health, and we’re not talking about extreme diets consisting of kale and celery. Yes, foods like these have their health benefits, but to be truly healthy – in both body and mind – it’s all about balance.

By making small, carefully chosen changes to your daily diet, you can dramatically improve your health and fitness, and it won’t feel like a sacrifice. Whatever your goal – whether you’d like to lose weight, improve your performance at the gym, or simply want to improve your long-term health – here are 10 sneaky ways to improve your diet, without really trying…

1 – Eat Whole Fruit

Packed with nutrients and fibre, fruit is a delicious and inexpensive option for those looking to improve their diets. Add grated apple to your morning porridge, swap your morning juice for a whole orange and throw that speckly banana in a smoothie.

2 – Hydration, Hydration, Hydration

Often when we think we’re hungry, we may just be in need of a drink of water. Next time you’re leaning towards the biscuit tin, chug a glass of ice cold water instead.

3 – Avoid Hidden Sugars

There are hidden sugars EVERYWHERE, but it’s easy to miss them in our everyday foods. Be careful with refined carbohydrates, fruit juice drinks and fruity cocktails as they will likely contain way more sugar than you bargained for.

4 – Buy Single Serve Multipacks

Food and snacks that come in giant ‘sharer’ bags aren’t doing your health or your waistline any good. It’s too easy to overeat when the portion size isn’t controlled. Choose products that are already portioned into single servings and savour them knowing you’re eating a healthy amount.

5 – Skip the ‘Light’ Option

‘Light’ or ‘diet’ products may be lower in calories than their full fat counterparts, but what they lack in calories they make up for in added sugars, stabilisers and preservatives which are not good for your health. Instead, have a small portion of the food that you crave, and really savour it.

6 – Tweak Your Cooking Style

Sometimes healthy eating simply comes down to the way you cook something. Avoid frying or roasting with large quantities of cooking fats; instead, opt for grilling, steaming or boiling wherever possible.

7 – Stop Buying Empty Calories

So much of the everyday food we buy has no real calorific integrity behind it. Crisps, sweets, fizzy drinks and alcohol are all nice treats, but they have no health benefits and a load of calories. Instead, opt for similar healthful options, such as popcorn, unsalted nuts and fruit.

8 – Don’t Go Hungry

We all make bad decisions when we’re hungry, including what we then choose to eat to satiate that hunger. Be mindful of your hunger levels and avoid going more than 2 or 3 hours without having a (healthy!) snack.

9 – Be Prepared

When hunger strikes, be prepared. Instead of letting yourself run high and dry (and into the nearest Greggs), farm yourself with an artillery of healthy snacks. Keep dried fruit, unsalted nuts or dark chocolate handy for such occasions.

10 – Treat Yourself

Improving your diet doesn’t mean eliminating entire food groups. Life is meant to be enjoyed, so go on and treat yourself to a slice of cake or glass of wine every now and then.

You don’t have to completely overhaul your life (or your fridge contents) to start leading a healthier life. Follow our tips to make easy changes, and you’ll notice a big difference to your health.

Rob Lis

FreeGym Founder. Loves football, running, spin and dabbles in HIIT. Rob created FreeGym to help people keep fit, for less. Instagram: @freegymco

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