Posted on: 22 August 2017Share
If you're the type of person who enjoys challenges, it can be fun and beneficial to consider your diet and make some changes to it. To improve your health, you may wish to consider cutting out certain elements for one month — or as long as you want — and then seeing how you feel at the end of this period. Depending on what you cut out and how well you stick to your goal, you may lose weight, experience an increase in energy, or even experience fewer cravings for unhealthy items. Here are some ideas about some things you can cut out and how you can replace them to be healthier.
With the average American consuming an unhealthy amount of sugar each day, you may wish to eliminate sugar for a month. You don't have to abstain from everything sweet — simply getting rid of products with added sugars will be beneficial. This means that cookies, cake, ice cream, candy, and other sweets should all be on your no-eat list. It's easy to feel frustrated if you're no longer consuming such sweet products, so focus on fresh fruits for your desserts and snacks. Natural sources of sugar such as fruits are far healthier for you, as they contain vitamins, minerals, and dietary fiber.
While dairy products aren't unhealthy in the same manner as added sugars, you can safely eliminate these products without compromising your health. Because dairy products are high in calories and fat, you may experience a weight reduction if you can avoid these items for a month. Skip milk, yogurt, ice cream, and cheese, and replace them with other products. For example, you can have a glass of almond milk instead of cow's milk, and yogurt made from coconut milk instead of cow's milk. Many dairy products are high in calcium, but green leafy vegetables will give you all the calcium your need. Some people find that dairy products can cause bloating, so eliminating these things for a month will allow you to see how your body feels.
Many people stay away from gluten, a protein found in wheat, because of allergies or food intolerance. Even if you don't experience overt side effects from eating gluten, skipping wheat bread, crackers, baked items, and anything else that contains wheat can potentially help you drop weight in a month. Instead of replacing these products with gluten-free alternatives, see if you can stay away from these products altogether. For example, instead of a sandwich on bread, try your sandwich ingredients in a lettuce wrap for a healthier option.
For more nutritional guidance, speak with a professional nutritionist, personal trainer, or your doctor.