People tend to make dieting complicated, which is one of the reasons there is such a high rate of failure among those who wish to lose weight and keep it off. Following a few simple diet rules will help pave the way to a healthier body weight.
– Don’t use the word “diet”
The word makes one think of deprivation. People who think they are being deprived tend to end up binging along the way. Instead think of your plan as a “healthy lifestyle change”. This will put you in a positive frame of mind.
– Take baby steps along the way
Don’t let your enthusiasm in the beginning lead to failure. You did not gain your weight overnight. You will not lose your weight overnight. You are going to have to rid yourself of some bad habits and replace them with some new ones. If you try and do it all at one time, you are setting yourself up for failure.
– Set goals
It can be difficult to reach your destination unless you know how to get there. This can be done by setting goals along the way. Make sure your goals are measurable and specific. You must also make sure they are attainable. Setting a goal of losing weight is not measurable. However, setting a goal of losing 20 pounds within 4 months is specific as well as attainable. Make sure that you do not make unrealistic goals for yourself. If you do, you are only setting yourself up for failure.
– Drink water
The importance of drinking enough water cannot be overstated. In order for your body to run efficiently, it must be well-hydrated. Water is to your body like gasoline is to a car. Drinking water not only raises your metabolism, it helps all of your major organs run more efficiently. Drinking water can also keep you from overeating. Studies have shown that thirst is often disguised as hunger. It is difficult for our bodies to tell the two apart. A great tip is to drink a glass of water if you are feeling like you are hungry. If the urge goes away, you were only thirsty. Try drinking a glass of water upon waking, before meals, and during snacks. You will see the weight begin to fall off.
– Try to eat as naturally as possible
The closer your food is to nature, the healthier it will be for you. That means eating a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean meats, and dairy products. The more processed a food is, the higher in calories it is. It is also loaded with preservatives and chemicals which can actually interfere with your weight loss.
– Get enough sleep
Studies have shown that people who do not get enough sleep tend to gain weight more easily. One of the reasons for this is because when you are tired, you are more likely to be stressed out. Stress leads to overeating, as well as eating the wrong kinds of foods. You are less likely to take the time to prepare a healthy meal.
– Eat breakfast every day
Eating breakfast is crucial to weight loss. Eating first thing in the morning will boost your metabolism and keep it high for the rest of the day. If you fail to eat breakfast, however, the opposite happens. Your body will go into starvation mode, your metabolism will lower itself, and you will burn calories less efficiently for the rest of the day.
– Stop eating 2 hours before bedtime
This is important for a few reasons. Not only will you sleep better when you do not have a full stomach, you will be hungry for breakfast when you wake up the next morning. Calories eaten before going to bed will not get metabolized the same way that calories eaten during your active hours.
Following the above simple “dieting” tips will pave your way to weight loss success. Not only will you lose weight, you will find that you are healthier than you have been in years.