A complete overhaul in diet isn’t easy, especially if you’ve become used to certain eating habits week after week.

But wait a second. Is a ‘complete overhaul’ even necessary for most of us? Thanks to modern marketing around fad diets, people tend to think about their diet on extreme terms. We’ve all come across various ‘foolproof’ ways to lose weight as quickly as possible, or been told to focus on (or completely cut out) one single food group as the silver bullet solution to all our problems.

That’s the wrong way to look at healthy eating. It doesn’t need to be an extreme overhaul that completely changes the way we lead our day-to-day lives. It’s all about the little choices we make. Keeping ourselves aware of things like portion control and ways to beat the temptation to snack are incredibly valuable when it comes to staying fit and healthy. Such small switches in our eating habits may not seem so significant at the time, but soon combine to make a big difference to our health over the course of weeks, months and years.

Getting the basics right

“It’s easy to lose sight of the basics,” says Matt Williams, founder of meal delivery service Fit Chef. “These days people are bombarded by miracle fads and quick-fix diets. Normal, balanced eating doesn’t have the same marketing clout; yet it’s the most important thing to get right. A small change in our diet can make a huge difference in mood, motivation and training. Even something as simple as setting a limit on how many takeaways you can order each month is a good way to get a grip on bad habits.

“It doesn’t need to feel like a chore either, or that we’ll be missing out entirely on our favourite foods. We shouldn’t feel bad about treating ourselves now and again. Balance is everything. We should be conscious about the food we eat, not obsessed by it. It’s common sense that fresh produce is better for us than a lot of processed foods, yet it’s still seen as easier to rely on poor quality meals and one too many takeaways.

“That’s the reason we set up Fit Chef: to make eating healthily as easy as possible, especially for busy people who feel they don’t have enough time to make nutritious meals every day of the week. We keep people stocked with fresh food in the fridge, so they don’t need to worry about what they’re going to have for their lunch or dinner each day.”

If you’re looking to rein in bad eating habits but struggle to find time for continual food prep, a subscription package might be the way to go. Head to the Fit Chef website for more information!