To piggyback off yesterday's myth topic. I am making a topic to give people some tips to a healthier existence.
Tip 1: Make realistic measurable goals with deadlines. Then tell someone who will hold you accountable
There is no point in making lifestyle changes without establishing how you will determine what you are striving towards. "I want to be skinny, lose weight, get stronger, or look better are all qualitative goals. How do you measure any of that? You do that by setting qualitative goals. Instead of "I want to look better" go with "I want to lose 10 lbs before the June." The realistic part is also important. You will not go from morbidly obese to underwear model overnight without surgery. Telling someone else will make you feel compelled to keep pushing so you don't look like you have failed. Seriously, if you don't set goals, why bother?
Tip 2: Drink water
Give up your naturally and artificially sweetened drinks and replace it with water. If you have to have caffeine, black coffee or unsweetened tea are your best options. There are countless studies that dissect the benefits of giving up sweetened drinks. Your metabolism slows down when you are dehydrated, if you are thirsty you are already behind the power curve, and sometimes thirst manifests as hunger pangs. Also, restaurants usually don't charge for water.
Tips 3: Learn the difference between hunger and boredom
Boredom can lead you to think you are hunger. Before you go for a snack, play a game on your phone, read a book, engage your brain somehow. Hell, go drink some water. Worst case scenario, you will have to go pee.
Tip 4: Use smaller serving plates.
A large plate makes people think they need more food, so you get more than you might need. Also, don't be afraid of leaving food on your plate. Your mom and dad won't kick your ass over it. Also, here's an interesting pic
Tip 5: Track everything
If your goal is to lose weight, you want to consume about 200 to 300 less calories than you body needs to maintain its current condition. If you want to be stronger, you need to consume about 500 more calories than your body needs to maintain itself. There are a plethora of calculators available that will help you determine your caloric needs. Use them.