Healthy eating doesn’t need to be overly complicated. In fact, the top 10 tips below are the MOST IMPORTANT things you need to know when establishing a well-balanced diet.

Clean out your cabinets

Remove any unhealthy, calorically dense, or nutritionally void items from your home. These foods cause unnecessary temptation and may result in poor decision-making. Keep your house filled with healthy foods at all times to prevent any emergency trips to a fast-food restaurant.

Don’t drink your calories

Water should always be your drink of choice unless of course you’re celebrating a special occasion or sipping on a delicious protein shake. Skip the sodas, fruit juices, and sugar-packed teas and instead try a zero-calorie flavored water option. There are even carbonated options available =)

Eat as many veggies as possible

If you’re serious about losing weight, then bring on the veggies! Green veggies are low in calories, incredibly filling, and packed with essential micronutrients. Swapping veggies for other more processed foods is a great way to lose those last few pounds.

Make monster salads

By eating salads instead of sandwiches, you’ll significantly decrease both your carb and calorie intake. An entire bag of lettuce (assuming you could eat the entire bag) will only cost you a measly 50 calories, so load up on the greens lady!

Don’t give up carbs

Don’t worry about completely cutting carbs out of your diet. Unless of course, you like being a skinny mean monster that doesn’t get to enjoy all the delicious things in life! Instead, eat your carbs at optimal times such as breakfast and during the post-workout period, while avoiding this macronutrient later in the evening. Remember, carbs are the body’s preferred source of energy.

Go easy on the extras

Be cautious of store bought dressings that can contain unwanted amounts of sugar, calories, and saturated fat. Also, when ordering dinner at a restaurant, always ask for sauces and dressings “on the side” so you can add them sparingly as needed.

Be careful around peanut butter

If you’re trying to lose weight, then large containers of nuts and nut butters should not be accessible. These foods are high in calories and cause a weight loss plateau if not properly portion controlled. Opt for single serving packages that prevent overindulgences.

Season everything

Learn to love your spice cabinet! Seasoning is a perfect way to add flavor, but not calories, to any meal. There are a number of salt-free blends available for those with high blood pressure or other metabolic conditions.

Enjoy fruit sparingly

A lot of people make the mistake of eating fruit continuously throughout the day. Realistically, fruit should be viewed as a dessert that is enjoyed sparingly. Aim for no more than 2 servings per day.

Plan your cheat meals

If you know you’ll be attending a social gathering over the weekend, then there’s a high chance you’ll want to splurge on a decadent dessert or alcoholic beverage. In these situations, it’s best to stick to a healthy eating plan during the week and then enjoy your cheat meal guilt free that weekend.