As someone who knows how important it is to eat a healthy diet and do exercises in order to maintain good health, I also understand just how difficult it can be for some people to sticking to a diet when trying to lose weight. Here are a few helpful tips.
Make Simple Diet Changes
One of the easiest ways to stick to a diet and lose weight is to make simple diet changes and not dramatic changes. If you make dramatic changes more often than not, you’re setting yourself up for failure.
Add More Water
A very important thing to do while on a diet is to make sure that you drink more water than you normally do. For some people, just adding more water to their diet will help get rid of a few pounds. It’s always a good idea to drink a full glass of water before every meal. This leads to a fuller stomach and leads to you eating less.
Make Your Dessert Fruit
It’s just part of our nature to want to reward ourselves with a great tasting dessert. However, before you grab a piece of chocolate cake or your favorite cookies, stop and grab a piece of fruit instead. Fruit does contain its own sugar called fructose, but this is a lot healthier sugar than those tempting desserts. It’s the kind of sugar that won’t spike your insulin and turn into fat. Fruit also gives you a good source of fiber along with vitamins and minerals. The fiber in fruit will help slow down the absorption of sugar in your body and this helps to maintain your blood sugar levels.
Add More Veggies to Your Diet
If you have a diet that is full of vegetables you are ensuring that your diet is full of fiber and important nutrients and are lacking in simple carbs and bad fats. This means less calories and makes it easier to lose weight.
Eating more vegetables give you more fuel to keep going and can even help in preventing some diseases. Veggies also not only make great meals but are wonderful snacks, far better than your favorite processed goods like chips for example. Some of the best ones include green beans, broccoli, kale, green peppers, and spinach.
Switch Over to Whole Grains
Many people often say stay away from carbs completely, but that doesn’t always need to be the case. Sure you’ll lose weight faster quite often, but that just makes dieting more complicated. To make it easier on yourself switch over to eating only whole grain foods. Examples would be wheat pasta, whole wheat breads, oatmeal, and quinoa. Cut out white bread and white rice/pasta. Cut down on potatoes, you don’t have to stop eating them because they are good for you. Also avoid processed baked goods.
Stay away from the simple carbs and go with the complex ones found in whole grains.
Eat Good Fats
For quite some time now fats have gotten a really bad rap. However, there are fats that you need and are good for you. Unsaturated fats that you find in avocados, nuts, and olive oil are all good fats that add to your diet and help fill you up. The “low-fat” craze was huge and in fact it’s still going strong. But, it’s important to note that many items that are labeled “low-fat” are often processed with extra sugar in order to improve how they taste, that means they lose their “healthy label”. New research is showing that things like lean red meats and cheese may not be so bad for us after all.
Change How You Eat
When implementing a healthy diet along with losing weight it’s important that you change how you eat. One great way is to actually eat more often. If you do this right, it really can work. When you eat more often it helps to keep you fuller and cuts down unhealthy cravings. This means you should eat smaller meals with healthy snacks in between your meals.
Try Planning Your Meals
One simple way to stay on your diet is to plan out your meals. You should try plan out what you are going to eat during the week. Make a list of all that you need for your healthy meals and go to the store and get everything you need for the week. This way you’ll have all you need and this helps you stick to your diet plan. When you have all you need for a certain meal it’s less tempting to go out and eat.
Stop Eating After a Certain Time
You should put a time limit on your eating habits. It makes it a lot easier if you include a time of night that you stop eating anything and stick to it so that it becomes a habit. This can be one of the toughest things to do when on a diet. If you find it too difficult to stick with the time you set for yourself, then consider letting yourself to drink tea, diet soda, or veggies after that time period.
Sample Diet Plan
It’s important to stick with your diet if you want to lose weight, however, you don’t need to be too hard on yourself. This is why I suggest that you concentrate on your diet during weekdays. I recommend that you are serious about your diet Monday through Friday. Here are a few ideas to help you come up with your own plan:
- Breakfast – Have a bowl of oatmeal with some low-fat milk, add a few raisins, cranberries, blueberries, or strawberries. You might also opt for fixing a couple of eggs with a piece of fruit and one piece of whole wheat toast with peanut butter.
- Lunch – Have lean protein like fish or chicken with lots of veggies or a salad and a piece of fruit. Drink water, tea or juice.
- Dinner – Have a bowl of soup with a sandwich wrap or a half sandwich with some brown rice, fruit and veggies.
- Snacks – You can have these in between your main meals. Make sure they have protein in them and calcium. Some good choices are nuts, yogurt, or cheese.
During the weekends go easy on yourself and reward yourself by going out to eat or eating a few of your favorite treats. Diets work better when you reward yourself for your hard work.