Motivation to eat healthyEating healthy and being consistent with it can be challenging. But how can some people with seemingly no effort eat healthy all the time and maintain their weight? While others try hard every day and at the end of the day they lose the battle, give in and binge on fast foods?
How can you get the same level of motivation and keep it? Can you learn how to strengthen your motivation? To answer these questions let’s take a closer look at motivation first.
A closer look at motivation
“Motivation is the desire to act and move toward a goal.” According to Psychology Today, it is possible to control the level of motivation you have towards your goals.
But simply having the desire to eat healthy will not necessarily lead to success. You might have already realized that when you fall back into old eating habits after you ate healthy for a few days.
It is crucial to set realistic goals in order to maintain motivation. It is not enough to write down or visualize your goal. Be specific about what you want to achieve and why you want to achieve it.
To achieve your goals and keep motivated throughout the process this important ability will help – CONSISTENCY!
No matter which difficulties may cross your way stay consistent and don’t lose focus. That is what sets you apart from all the other people who are not successful at eating healthy and maintain a healthy weight.
James Clear pointed out a very interesting fact.
“One of the most surprising things about motivation is that it often comes after starting a new behavior, not before.”
Maybe you have experienced something similar before. You want to lose weight but have no motivation to give up all your beloved comfort food. But once you have started to swap your bad eating habits for more healthy foods your motivation rises. Because of the increased nutritional value of your food, you feel better, you are full of energy and friends start to notice your weight loss and compliment you on that.
How do I get excited about eating healthy?
Healthy foods provide your body with a lot of you nutrients that energize you and are beneficial to build a strong immune system.
You have to understand that everything you eat your body breaks down into the smallest components. To a size small enough to enter the bloodstream. Once in your blood, the digested nutrients travel throughout your body to the cells that need them.
Different foods go through different metabolic pathways in your body.
They can have vastly different effects on your hunger, hormones and the number of calories you burn.
If the food you eat doesn’t have all the necessary nutrients, vitamins, minerals, protein, carbs and fats your cells literally starve. You can only be full of energy and on your A-Game when you eat nutritious food.
You feel different based on the food you eat. After a day full of junk food and sugary treats you will feel sluggish, tired and unmotivated. But if you feed your body with only healthy food instead you will feel amazing. Full of energy, motivated, happy …
What I want to say is, get educated about nutrition. Once you understand which effects certain foods have on your body and how it makes you feel it is easier to be motivated to eat healthy.
And always remember how good healthy food makes you feel. That alone should be a good motivation to stay on track to eat healthy and be excited about it.
What foods should I eat to be healthy?
Eat unprocessed, colorful, seasonal foods. Everything that comes in a can or is wrapped in layers of plastic and has a variety of strange words on their food label you should avoid.
The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends the following basic principles of what constitutes a healthy diet:
- Fruits and vegetables
– at least 400 gr. per day
– good source of fiber and nutrients that are essential for a healthy digestion
– reducing the amount of total fat intake to less than 30%
– non-animal based fats are a great source like avocados because they are also rich in a variety of nutrients and fiber
– the recommended salt intake is 5 gr. per day
– most processed foods are high in sodium because it is used as a preservative
– less than 10% better 5% of your daily energy intake
– 0,8 gr. per kg body weight