On today’s episode of Live Lean TV, I’m sharing how to slowly start eating healthy for beginners, including 4 healthy food swaps that will save your diet.
Since you liked my recent video post on the lean 14 healthy food swaps so much, we’re back again talking about 4 simple and progressive healthy food swaps that will save your diet.
The purpose of this video post is to highlight the following point, which you’ve probably already heard me say a million times.
Living Lean is about progress, not perfection.
For example, I get asked this question numerous times a day.
My answer is always, it depends.
Think about it.
Let’s say you’re currently snacking on a full bag of cheesy garlic bread flavored potato chips every day.
If you swap out that higher calorie bag of potato chips, for a lower calorie store bought popcorn option, then yes, you may still lose weight.
The point is this.
Making successful food swaps is all relative to where you currently are with your diet.
Is eating popcorn instead of potato chips the best food swap for weight loss?
But it is a step in the right direction, and does get the ball rolling?
I would say yes.
Let’s contrast this progressive, yet slower, approach towards healthy eating with the cold turkey approach.
How do you think a 500 pound dude, who ate nothing but fast food for the past 10 years, would last if he switched cold turkey to a 100% diet of strictly organic vegetables, meat, nuts, and seeds.
Based on this cold turkey approach, he probably would not last a day.
Regardless of where you currently are, the important thing to focus on is where you are going.
Remember, you do not need to follow a drastic, all or nothing, approach to healthy eating in the beginning, to make a difference.
For sustainable weight loss, it’s more important to focus on simple and consistent progress everyday.
With that said, here are 4 simple and progressive healthy food swaps that will save your diet.
Swap that super unhealthy night time snack with apple slices, cinnamon, and nut butter.
Depending on how many nights a week you’re eating potato chips, start by making this healthy food swap at least one night a week.
Then the following week, swap out the potato chips for the apple slices for 2 nights of the week, and so on.
This is an example of how your diet may not perfect in the beginning, but it’ll get the ball rolling, so you can eventually swap out the junk food for healthier snacks every night.
Swap your high carbohydrate breakfast cereal or toast, for an egg omelet just 2 days a week.
Start this on the weekend when you have more time in the morning to prepare the food.
Then slowly add eggs for breakfast 3 times a week, then 4 times a week, and so on, until you’ve completely phased out cereal for breakfast.
You’ll never get bored of eggs when you alternate between:
I could go on, since eggs are so versatile.
I pretty much show you how I eat a big ass salad every day on my YouTube vlog channel, Brad Gouthro TV.
As you see on my vlog, these salads are not your “I’m on a diet” type salad.
All my salads are filled with delicious and satiating healthy and delicious ingredients:
It’s man food.
This means there is no need for the fattening store bought salad dressings.
Swap out soda with flavored carbonated water 2 days a week.
Do this food swap on the opposite days of when you’re cutting out that unhealthy night time snack.
If you’re still indulging on soda, have it on a day when you’ve swapped out potato chips for apples, and vice versa.
Eventually once you kick the soda habit, we’ll have you working on kicking the carbonated flavored water, for delicious flavor infused water with fruit slices.
Are you seeing the slow progress that we’re making here?
Start with one of these healthy food swaps this week, then add another one next week.
Start slow and finish strong.
Progress not perfection.
It’s up to you to decide what works best for you.
That right there, is the Live Lean Mindset to successfully lose weight and keep it off.
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Brad Gouthro is the founder of Live Lean TV, a media company focused on helping men and women “Live Lean” 365 days a year. Brad’s programs and content have helped millions of people all over the world learn how to get in shape, and more importantly, sustain it for life.