Developing healthy eating habits is one of the best ways to improve your overall fitness, and lose weight long term. However this can be easier said than done. Everyone seems to have different opinions on the best type of diet. Regardless of who you listen to, there are some universal tips that you are safe to follow. Using any of these suggestions will contribute  to your overall health!

Eat moderate proportions and do not overeat. Eat suggested serving sizes.
Try to eat 3 meals a day and not skip meals. Skipping meals encourages the eating of junk foods such as potato chips, candy and excess caffeine.
Eat a balanced diet that contains healthy servings of fruits, vegetables, and grains.
Choose proteins that are high in essential amino acids such as nuts, legumes, seeds and tofu. Limit your intake of fatty meats such as pork and beef.
Limit your intake of unhealthy fats that raises cholesterol levels like coconut oil, red meats, vegetable shortenings and fried foods. Eat healthy fats such as avocados, nuts, fish, olive oil and seeds.
Choose colorful foods like oranges, squash, beets, tomatoes, carrots and dark green vegetables. Fruits and vegetables that are bright in color tend to have more vitamins, minerals, enzymes and antioxidants.
Limit your sugar intake which will affect your blood sugar level, giving you less energy and possible health problems such as hypoglycemia and diabetes.
Try to stay away from processed foods like canned soups and fast foods. They are high in carbohydrates and preservatives.
Keep healthy snacks available, like fruits, slices of carrots or celery, nuts, seeds or raisins.
Avoid empty calories such as white bread and white rice. Theses foods are high in carbohydrates and low in nutritional value. Try foods such whole wheat breads, brown rice and other whole grains.
Eat plenty of fiber for a healthy digestive system. Fiber can be found in vegetables, fruits and grains.

Losing weight fast is never easy, although there are some short term diets that can help motivate you to lose more long term weight Following any of these tips will put you on the right path to lose weight sustainably until you reach what is healthy for you.

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