As motivated as you are now to turn over a new leaf, you won’t really transform your eating habits overnight. Eating healthy is both a skill and a habit that takes time to develop. To get you started, these are 14 of our no-frills, no-BS articles to set you straight on the path to better health.
Fad diets come in many different forms. Some are straight up weird, and some are less crazy than others, but pretty much all of them share a few key characteristics. This video shows you how to spot health industry snake oil from a mile away.
Being healthy is simple, right? “Eat less, move more.” That’s easy to say, but practicality is one of the most important things when it comes to health and fitness. Recommendations like this are blanket statements that don’t address practicality — so when it comes down to it, which is more important? Diet, or exercise?
Your environment has an incredible ability to shape your behaviour. If you design your environment to be conducive to healthy habits, then you’ll find yourself improving your diet without even thinking about it.
If your goal for the holidays or new year is a healthier you, those cabinets full of sugary snacks and salty, over-processed junk food are your first serious roadblock. It’s time to throw out your junk food in a dramatic blaze of glory so you’ll stick to your convictions. Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you clean out the pantry once and for all, replace that junk food with healthy alternatives that will still fulfil your cravings and jump start your path to a healthier diet you’ll actually stick to.
If you’re a self-described “skinny” person trying to put on weight, you probably feel like a second class citizen when you’re researching on the internet. Most fitness information is geared towards fat loss. Let’s talk about the basics of healthy weight gain.
Fat loss relies on one thing: Eating fewer kilojoules than you expend. But nobody wants to sit and count kilojoules all day. Most people can learn to track them successfully, but some might need a different strategy altogether. If tracking has given you a headache in the past, consider giving this a try.
Getting enough protein is important, regardless of whether you want healthy skin and nails, to lose weight or get bulging biceps. But “enough” could be the difference between eating a few extra eggs and washing down your steak with protein shakes. Here’s how to find out.
I have a coworker who swears by meal replacement shakes. I was shocked to see that her brand of choice cost over $150 per container! Is there any reason to believe these shakes are actually helping her? Better yet, are there other options I could convince her to use instead? I’m worried she’s drinking the Kool-Aid of a very expensive fad.
If you’ve ever read a fitness blog, forum or even Instagram, you’ve probably heard the term macros thrown around. Short for “macronutrients”, it refers to carbs, fats and proteins — the three basic components of every diet. If you get their proportions right, it makes dieting a lot more effective when simple kilojoule restriction fails.
For lunch on Tuesday of last week, I had a vegetable stir-fry mixed with curry ground beef and a side of rice (all topped with Sriracha, of course). I could recall this meal from a week ago because I track my food every day. Not only does it keep me on top of my goals, but now I have records to look through when things go from “under control” to “oh sh*t”.
Solo folks face unique challenges for eating healthy, beyond a lack of cooking skills. It’s less fun to cook and eat alone, and very little food comes in packs of one. The trick is to muster up the will to cook once a week so you can enjoy healthy meals for the next few days.
Now that fat is overcoming its bad reputation, it’s becoming trendy to add it to food and drinks for health reasons — whether that’s putting butter in your coffee for dubious benefits, or swapping “Lite” salad dressing for a drizzle of bacon grease. But when does adding fat make sense, and when is it a bad idea?
If you want to lose weight, you need to get better at knowing how many kilojoules you eat. With some foods, like peanut butter or ice cream, that’s actually reallyhard to do. Here’s why it’s important to be a little more accurate than “Eh, that looks like one serving” if you want to lose weight.
Remember, you can know all the “right things” to do, but nothing will change unless you actually act on even the most simple, little steps today and keep doing them consistently, day in and day out, to see results in the long run.