The thought of overhauling your diet, to lose weight or to improve your health, can often be overwhelming. You may think: Are my favourite foods banned? What can I do if I don’t like any of the healthy options? Will I be hungry all the time?
Don’t panic! The great news is you don’t have to change everything in your diet all at once. Making dietary change for the long term takes time. It is important to proceed at a pace that is comfortable for you. The Dietary Guidelines recommend starting with small changes in your diet so that those changes last. With each change you master you will have more confidence and motivation to try new things and apply further healthy habits into your routine.
These small changes in your diet can add up to big changes and make a big difference to your weight and health:
- Begin with easy changes that have a big effect.
- Dine out less and cook more of your meals at home.
- Be mindful of snacking.
- Gauge your levels of hunger and fullness and stop eating when you’re 80% full.
- Have a few healthy favourites on hand.
- Keep well hydrated with low energy drinks.
Healthy lifestyle changes take time before they become habits. However, with each of the healthy habits you make, no matter how small, will help you to build a base for a healthy life and a healthy weight.