What you eat matters. Here’s how to stay at the top of your game:
Always have breakfast. This ensures that your body won’t go into starvation-preservation mode and also provides your body and brain with energy.
Drink plenty of water daily, including one glass before every meal. It’ll keep your complexion clear and skin glowing, flush out toxins, maintain healthy teeth, aid in digestion, and suppress appetite. Plus, drinking a glass at bedtime helps prevent bags under your eyes.
Eat at least every three hours (three meals and two snacks of fruit or veggies). You’ll be fueled throughout the day, and you’ll never be ravenous—making it less likely that you’ll binge or eat something unhealthy just to put something in your stomach.
Count to your age before you “cheat.” Much unhealthy eating is impulsive. If you still want a bite after your countdown, feel free; you’ve made a conscious decision to indulge.
Avoid eating within two hours of sleeping. There’s no opportunity to burn off those calories; they’re absorbed into your blood and eventually stored as fat. Also, the digestive processes in your stomach require your brain to stay partly awake, making your sleep less restful and deep.
—adapted from The Dorm Room Diet: The 8-Step Program for Creating a Healthy Lifestyle Plan That Really Works, by Daphne Oz.