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Dieting like a model and dieting as a model are statements that are often found to run together but couldn’t be further apart. The perception that dieting like a model is one step off from anorexia is a perception that has been created through the last few decades but is in reality tapering off. As we all become more aware of healthy eating habits and wellness habits that lead to model bodies, there is a lot less passing up of great food and a lot more focus on eating healthy and let’s face it; we’ve all seen some of the fantastic things we can do with healthy food!
Everything in Moderation
This is the phrase that literally everyone preaches, and almost literally, no one practices. Do eat what you want, but within a scope of reason. If you crave burgers I’m sorry you can’t have a burger every day, really, there isn’t anyone that should unless you face death by burger deficiency then, have at it. Work to find a few “go-to” foods that are good for you and that you actually enjoy eating. By creating healthy favourites you can enjoy food without being mindful of exactly how often you’re having that meal.
Think Hearty and Energy
Often the first things to go in a diet are those foods that feel really heavy. Potatoes of any kind for example, however, sweet potatoes and yams are great cousins, that are delicious and super nutritious. They are also filling, and a good source of energy. Finding foods that work for you that leave you full but also not slowed down and sluggish is a great sign that you’ve found a “go-to” for you. What you want to cut out is the foods that don’t hit at least one of these marks.
Remove Sugar, Add Water
Everyone, everyone knows … at least deep down… that sugar is not good for you. Swapping out your sugary favourites for snacks or even full meals can be really difficult but simply cutting out this one factor will make a world of difference. If you’re questioning whether anything is too high in sugar then review the label. Is it reasonable? Is it loaded with sugar substitutes which are actually just as bad?
Now, you’re not swapping a sugary product for only water. But you should be adding a lot more water into your daily habits. Also a lot of the sugar we do consumer comes in beverage form so these two kind of go hand in hand, but they aren’t purely dependent on one another. By removing soda, sugared-up coffee beverages and juice that has a lot of sugar as well, you’ll make room for most of your hydration needs to be satisfied by water.
This goes for most people who need to maintain a model physique. Exercising will permit you to eat more of the things you love whether they are healthy or not as you are expelling more energy. It will also give you a healthy boost to your energy levels and keep you nicely toned!