Weight Management Easy Ways to Improve Your Diet Right Now By Shereen Lehman, MS Shereen Lehman, MS Shereen Lehman, MS, is a former writer for Verywell Fit and Reuters Health. She's a healthcare journalist who writes about healthy eating and offers evidence-based advice for regular people. Learn about our editorial process Updated on January 15, 2021 Medically reviewed Verywell Fit articles are reviewed by board-certified physicians and nutrition and exercise healthcare professionals. Medical Reviewers confirm the content is thorough and accurate, reflecting the latest evidence-based research. Content is reviewed before publication and upon substantial updates. Learn more. by Barbie Cervoni MS, RD, CDCES, CDN Medically reviewed by Barbie Cervoni MS, RD, CDCES, CDN Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Barbie Cervoni MS, RD, CDCES, CDN, is a registered dietitian and certified diabetes care and education specialist. Learn about our Medical Review Board Print Changing dietary habits can be confusing and difficult, especially if we've been doing the same things for a long time. But simple changes can yield impactful results. Here are five things you can do right now to make positive changes to the way you eat. 1 Add an Extra Vegetable to Your Next Meal Ryan/Beyer / Getty Images Add an extra serving of vegetables to your next meal: breakfast, lunch, or dinner, whatever it is. Pick one that's green or brightly colored for the maximal nutritional benefit. Steam some broccoli to go with your sandwich at lunch, and make two vegetable sides for dinner instead of one. Or eat a bigger salad. This even works for breakfast—add spinach to your scrambled eggs or make a green smoothie. How to Get More Fruits and Vegetables Into Your Diet 2 Eat Fresh Fruit Julia Khusainova / Getty Images Next time you're in line at the lunch counter, grab an apple or pear instead of a cookie or piece of cake. Or, if you're eating dinner at home, enjoy a bowl of berries for dessert. You don't have to give up your dessert if you're used to a nightly bowl of ice cream. Just cut back — serve up about half the amount you normally eat and fill the rest of the bowl with fresh fruits such as strawberries, blueberries, or sliced peaches. You'll cut back on the calories, plus get better nutritional value. And it still tastes awesome. Fresh Ideas for Serving Fruit 3 Drink More Water Verywell / Alexandra Shytsman A lot of excess calories from sugar and fat come from the beverages you consume. Drinking more water might help you lose weight if you drink it in place of sugary soft drinks. And if you drink alcohol, add in a glass of water between drinks. If you hate the taste of water, you can disguise it with a slice of lemon, lime, cucumber or fresh pineapple. Water helps to lubricate your joints, it is important for digestion, it carries nutrients and oxygen to cells, and helps to regulate body temperature. 4 Make Your Next Grain a Whole Grain J Shepherd / Getty Images Whole grains are higher in fiber than regular refined white grains, and since most people could use more fiber, it might be time to switch. The next time you eat bread, be sure to choose 100-percent whole-grain or 100-percent whole-wheat bread. Swap out your sweet cereal for a bowl of oatmeal or a 100-percent whole-grain cereal at breakfast. Choose brown rice or whole wheat pasta for dinner. Whole Grains 5 Pay Attention to Portion Size Whitewish / Getty Images There's an old saying about your eyes being bigger than your stomach. Although technically that's certainly not true, it's easy to load up a bigger portion of food than you need, especially when you're hungry. So, at your next meal, stop a minute to think about your portion sizes. Your protein source (meat, poultry, fish, etc.) should take up about one-quarter of your plate, and any starchy foods like potatoes, rice or pasta, should only take up another quarter. The other half of your plate can be filled with nutritious low-calorie fruits and vegetables like tomatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus, peas, green beans, or a garden salad. That will probably be enough to fill you up, but it if you're still hungry, go for extra vegetables. By Shereen Lehman, MS Shereen Lehman, MS, is a former writer for Verywell Fit and Reuters Health. She's a healthcare journalist who writes about healthy eating and offers evidence-based advice for regular people. See Our Editorial Process Meet Our Review Board Share Feedback Was this page helpful? Thanks for your feedback! What is your feedback? Other Helpful Report an Error Submit Advertiser Disclosure × The offers that appear in this table are from companies that partner with and compensate Verywell Fit for displaying their offer. These partnerships do not impact our editorial choices or otherwise influence our editorial content.