14 Mar How to better understand and evaluate your diet
Do you find it increasingly difficult to know what to eat given the near limitless articles on nutrition and the countless tips from cooking shows and other food-related media? Well, you’re not alone! There are tons of resources available to help you reach your target weight and stay in shape. But at the Healthy Weight Clinic, we offer sound solutions customized to fit your weight loss needs. In this blog post, we invite you to ask yourself the following 10 questions to see if your diet needs an upgrade.
- Am I eating the right amount?
Your portion sizes will depend on several factors, including your gender, age and level of physical activity. If necessary, ask a dietician to help you calculate your calorie consumption needs.
- Are my meals varied enough?
Eating the same healthy meals over and over again can cause significant nutritional deficiencies.
- Do I eat even when I’m not hungry?
Munching while watching TV or eating out of boredom is a sure-fire way to pack on the extra pounds.
- Do I eat enough fruits and vegetables?
Nutritionists recommend eating a minimum of five servings of fruits and veggies each day. Are you getting enough?
- Do my meals contain enough fibre?
Fibre is your number one ally to remain satiated and ensure gastrointestinal health. Bottom line: eat plenty of fibre-rich foods.
- Does my diet satisfy my taste buds?
If you’re eating healthy meals that don’t do anything to satisfy your taste buds, you might have a harder time resisting junk food.
- Do my meals give me the energy I need?
Your diet should provide you with the energy you need to concentrate and remain active throughout the day. Attempting to lose weight while constantly feeling tired is definitely counter-productive.
- Do I eat too much junk food?
How often do you eat fast food? Rarely, occasionally, frequently? Nutritionists advise that while no food group should be “demonized,” junk food should only be consumed on occasion.
- Do I acknowledge my food intolerances?
If you don’t digest certain foods well, you should replace them with alternatives that sit well with your stomach. Ignoring these intolerances won’t do you any good.
- Do I make smart shopping choices?
Do you take the time to compare the nutritional labels on the food products you want to buy before making your choice?
At the Healthy Weight Clinic, our nutrition experts can help you improve your eating habits and shed excess weight. Discover our recipes for healthy meals—and don’t forget to subscribe to our newsletter!