It seems whenever you’ve decided to start eating better and getting into shape, your days is filled with diet deadly traps that sway you from staying on track. It happens to the best of us. We look at 5 of the biggest daily potential disaster, with tips on how to avoid them.
Waking up late and missing breakfast
Solution: If your mornings are rushed, make sure you have some handy, easy options available that you can take care of in mere minutes or even on the run. Keeping a high fiber cereal in the cupboard, some sliced up fruit, or even something as simple as a protein bar are better options than leaving your stomach growling for nourishment, a scenario that usually leads to unhealthy snacking later in the day.
Solution: Even breakfast eaters can feel peckish at work, which can often lead to an unhealthy trip to the vending machine or caf. Make sure your desk is stocked with healthy, filling options like almonds, dried fruit or low fat protein bars. Drinking lots of whatever, something you should be doing anyway, also make you feel full.
Solution: Well, the easiest solution is packing a healthy meal the night before, putting the fast food option on the back burner before it even presents itself. But if you didn’t prepare a health conscious lunch and are empty handed looking for something else, opt for grilled chicken or fish versus the breaded stuff. Whether you bring your lunch or grab a healthy alternative from a takeout restaurant, ensure that you consume a balanced meal with a high-quality protein source, a moderate amount of complex carbohydrates, and a source of good fats.
Solution: Avoid that tempting chocolate bar in the vending machine, and try some sugar-free hot chocolate to curb your sweet tooth. Another filling, sweet and healthy choice are Fig Newtons, which taste great and are a lot better for you than cookies of chocolate bars.
Going home later and opting for takeout
Solution: After a tough day at work and getting in later than usual, the last thing you want to do is slave over a hot stove, the takeout menus are looking pretty tempting. Don’t even let it get to that stage. Spend one night a week, maybe even on the weekend, prepping ingredients or even making large meals and freezing smaller portions for later. You’ll save valuable time during the week and still stick to your diet-friendly routine.