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Finding it hard to stick to a healthy diet? We've got you covered

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 Finding it hard to stick to a healthy diet? We've got you covered Snacking smart is a great way to start leading a healthy lifestyle.

When it comes to shedding those extra pounds, a good diet trumps exercise every time. It might not be an easy truth but the fact is diet is the key and exercise is not a magic bullet.

That said, healthy eating is not about being slim, sticking to dietary limitations or depriving yourself of the foods you love. Rather, it’s about feeling great, having more energy, improving overall health, and stabilizing your mood.

But more often than not, we are overwhelmed by all the conflicting nutrition advice out there. For every expert who tells us a certain food is good for the body, we’ll find another saying exactly the opposite. But by using these simple tips, you can cut through the confusion and learn how to create a tasty, varied, and nutritious diet that is as good for our mind as it is for our body.

• Eat meals in descending order: Healthy eating simply means taking the right kind of food, in right portion and at the right time. To get positive results, things need to be done in balance. Hence, it is advised to make sure you consume a heavy breakfast, followed by a moderate lunch and a light dinner.

• Opt for smart alternatives: Snacking smart is a great way to start leading a healthy lifestyle. Look for nutritious alternatives, for instance, you can snack on a handful of almonds instead of consuming unwholesome snacks or opt for a healthier substitute to your daily sugar such as pure maple syrup.

 Finding it hard to stick to a healthy diet? We've got you covered People often mistake thirst for hunger, so next time you feel like munching on something off-the-shelf, reach for water first.

• Keep yourself hydrated: People often mistake thirst for hunger, so next time you feel like munching on something off-the-shelf, reach for water first. This may help you steer away from unhealthy snacking.

• Eat more often: Light, frequent meals help curb your appetite, boost your energy and may even speed your metabolism. Nuts such as almonds are a convenient snack that can be eaten anywhere, anytime, so keep some almonds handy in a snack box so that you will always have your perfect daily portion.

• Set realistic goals: Do not try to radically change your diet overnight. If you make too many changes at once, chances are that you might drop the ball and give into temptations. Instead, make small changes every day, such as eating at least one piece of fruit, a handful of almonds or even opting for a healthier alternative such as maple syrup in your cup of tea or coffee daily.

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