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fruit on a scale( — The road to better health can sometimes seem like an uphill battle. But with every small step you take and each healthy decision you make, you do get closer to your goal of improved health, and one of the most effective ways to do this is by eating a balanced, healthy diet.

Think of streamlining your nutrition profile in stages. These three diet changes will not only set you on a healthier path, but will also create incentive to make further adjustments — and before you know it, you’ll feel confident that you can make the right food choices to maintain good health.

How Small Diet Changes Make a Difference

Being fit and healthy doesn’t mean that you can’t indulge in a slice of birthday cake or bowl of ice cream. It just means that you don’t do it every day. As long as you do the right thing most of the time, you will be successful in being healthy. Doing the right thing most of the time means implementing simple dietary changes, which will add up by the end of the week.

Diet Change No. 1: Cut Back on the Booze

It’s amazing how quickly calories add up, especially those you drink. And the empty calories in alcoholic beverages can be the first place to start cutting back.

Limiting alcohol consumption can improve both your diet and your overall health. While drinking in moderation has been found to have a few beneficial effects, drinking more than this amount can have negative effects on health. It’s recommended that men drink no more than two drinks per day, and women drink up to one glass per day. Alcohol consumption — even just one drink — can weaken your diet discipline and lead to overeating, eating unhealthy food, and drinking more than the recommended amount.

To avoid these poor-health pitfalls, set guidelines that make it easier to stick to your alcohol limit. Make a rule not to drink during the week or buy just enough for one serving per evening. Remember, alcohol has calories, and if you’re trying to lose weight, it’s best to opt for water instead.

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