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Simple nutrition principles for making changes in your body

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So you want to get fit but you don't know quite where to start. Well, one of the best and first places to start is in the kitchen. Although changing your nutrition is not always easy, it is doable and it does work if you approach in the right manner.

  1. Start out by eating 6 small meals a day. How? Space your meals to be eaten in small portions every two to three hours. Always add a protein and a carbohydrate to at least two of your meals, as well as one vegetable.
  2. Understand that a portion size is equivalent to the size of the palm of your hand.
  3. Drink at least eight to ten glasses of water per day.
  4. Plan your meals in advance and keep track of what you eat.
  5. Write out a grocery list before you go to the grocery store.
  6. Here is the best principle of all and also the most fun; once a week, allow yourself a free day to eat WHATEVER you want. Why the free day? Because part of the reason people don't stay on track is because they feel they "can't" enjoy what they love any longer. Sometimes the thought of giving up something you enjoyed and looked forward to, causes you to begin to lose your drive to make the proper changes. This is when most revert back to their old ways. The free day becomes a sort of treat as a job well done for staying on task, and it is an incentive to anticipate a reward for your efforts. People are more likely to stick with healthy eating if they are still allowed to indulge once in awhile.

The best time to plan your grocery shopping is at the end of your free day. In this way, you have already allowed yourself the splurge and can better plan your healthy regimen. It's much easier to shop smart when you are not craving what you should not be eating.

If you start your journey of change by applying these small simple principles, you will begin to see changes, not only in the way you look and feel but also in the way you view food.

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