The proper diet is a very important element on your journey to a fit body. Learning how to eat wisely can get you on the right track. So, how do you eat wisely?

Cooking your own meals

While it is true that cooking your own meals can be healthier than ordering take out, you have to be careful about what you put in your meals. When cooking your meals make sure to use measuring cups, measuring spoons, and a food scale to keep track of your proportions and calories. You should also resist the urge to add extras, like more butter or dressing, and do not nibble on leftovers while clearing the table.

Do Not Cheat

Research shows that people who eat a steady number of calories seven days a week are able to lose or maintain their weight better than those who only diet on the week days. It is okay to give yourself a small 150 to 200 calorie treat once or twice a week, but make sure you watch your calories everyday as opposed to only on the week days.

Watch Those Whole Grains

Whole grains are good for you if you consume the right type. Brown rice, wild rice, oatmeal, whole-grain bread, and whole-grain cereal are all great choices because they are full of fiber, and that helps to curb the appetite. Whole grains to stay away from include: crackers, cookies, and chips. These will only add calories and fat to your diet that you do not need.

Pick Your Strategy

When dining with a friend chose your strategy before you go. Decide in advance if you will have an appetizer or entrée as your main course. Many times appetizers come in smaller portions, and are a better choice. You should also decide what you will be drinking, and know how many calories you want to intake. You may want to try asking for a to-go container as soon as your food is served and go ahead and box up half of the meal. This means that you will not be tempted to eat the entire meal at once.

Using these simple solutions can help you stay on a balanced diet, and drop those extra pounds. Exercise and diet go hand in hand. You cannot have one without the other. Most people think that they can lose weight by just dieting or just exercising but in order to see the best results you must do both.

In fact even if your goal is to get in shape and get buff then exercising and dieting together is the best way to go. You will see results faster when you diet and exercise together. I have heard it said that 80% of weight loss is dieting, but 80% of keeping that weight off is exercise.

Get in a habit of doing both. A habit of exercise and a healthy diet will change your life around. You will have more energy, be healthier, be more fit, sleep better and countless other benefits.