Nutrition Tips When You Are Stuck in Your Home
You may be wondering the best way to eat while you are stuck at home during the COVID-19 crisis. Unfortunately, this is a prime opportunity for you to gain weight when you are deprived of the opportunity to go out with regularity. However, it is also a chance for you to take the time develop some healthier eating habits. Here are some nutrition tips when you are stuck at home to help keep you healthy and fit.
Keep to Regular Meal Times
When your day loses some of its structure, you will eat at less regular intervals. When you take more time between meals, you tend to be hungrier when you actually do eat. This can cause you to eat too quickly and consume too much. In addition, when you vary the times of your meals, it throws off your body's metabolism. In specific, it will slow down the metabolism that you need to stay in shape. Thus, you should set a time each day to eat and stick to it, regardless of your work schedule or what you are doing at the time. The inconsistent eating times will also cause to snack more, which is the deadliest thing when it comes to weight gain.
Don't Buy Unhealthy Snacks
You are much less likely to grab unhealthy snacks on the go when there is no "go" in your life. Thus, your weekly trip to the grocery store may be the flash point for your temptation to eat junk food. This is where you need to brace yourself and try to be strong. The good news is that if you resist the temptation at the grocery store, you are less at risk of eating unhealthy because this will be the only place where you get your food. Go to the store with a detailed list that you plan out ahead of time in order to avoid the temptation of buying junk food. The more that you detail on your list the less likely you are to make impulse buys of junk food that can set your health efforts back.
Practice Mindful Eating
It is all too easy to end up on the couch watching a movie with a large bag of chips in front of you. The next thing you know, most of the bag is gone and you have taken in hundreds of calories. This is what is known as mindless eating. It is best to be conscious of what you are consuming as you are eating it. You lose control over your portion size when you do not concentrate on what you are eating. Try to pay attention to each bite and take the time to count calories. It is vital to keep control over your eating, and mindfulness is the best way to do so.
Keep Your Portions Under Control
When it comes to unhealthy snacks, if you have to consume them, make sure that you do it within reason. One way to control the size of your snacking is buy buy small sizes. For example, you can buy a case of small bags of potato chips. While you may not want to have that much in your home, it also gives you a predicate to keep the snacking to a reasonable level as there is a set amount of calories in each small portion. You can allow yourself one small bag of snacks each day as a treat. This keeps you from more unlimited snacking, which can bust your waist line. When it comes to meals, try to package them on your own beforehand in order to separate a reasonable portion.
Do Meal Prep
Quarantine can actually be a golden opportunity to take the time to do meal prep. During our normal daily lives, we end up eating too much on the go, and this results in many poor diet decisions. Now that you are home, you can take the time to not only plan out your meals for the week, but also to invest the effort in preparing healthier meals. You can spend some time on the weekend making larger meals for the week and freeze them to eat throughout the week. Now, since many of us are stuck at home, time is not as much of an obstacle in the way of eating healthy. You can use the time to learn how to do meal prep.
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