Following a diet is never easy but there are many small things you can do to help to make your efforts pay off. These 20 tips for dieting success will help to get you started in the right direction and will keep you on track for the long haul.
Tip #1: Eat foods that are high in fibre. They make you feel full and you will be less likely to overeat. High fibre foods include vegetables, whole grain breads, brown rice and legumes. An excellent strategy is to make the salad your entre and make the entre your side dish.
Tip #2: Drink lots of water throughout the day. Doing this helps you to feel full plus it is a zero-calorie way to stay hydrated. Drinking water half an hour before your meals will help you to eat less and won’t interfere with your digestion.
Tip #3: Wear clothes that actually fit you. If you lose weight, reward yourself and buy yourself a new pair of jeans that fit the slimmer you. It can be difficult to continue working towards your weight loss goals if, as you get slimmer, your wardrobe options diminish.
Tip #4: Cook using a variety of spices. This is a low-calorie way to make your meals interesting. Don’t rely on oil and butter for flavouring your food.
Tip #5: Feed your soul as well as your stomach by creating an attractive table setting. Use pretty placemats and dishes as well as flowers or candles for the centrepiece.
Also, eat with smaller plates. Doing this will make your serving sizes appear larger and you will feel less deprived.
Tip #6: Get in the habit of saying no to the bowls of candies and chocolates that your co-workers leave on their desks. Instead, try munching on pretzels or fresh fruit when you get the afternoon munchies.
Tip #7: Try not to eat after 8:00 in the evening. This will help you to lose weight and it will also help you to get a better quality night’s sleep.
Tip #8: Get excited about exercise. If you avoid going to the gym because you’re bored of running on the treadmill, then try something new like an aerobics class or a spin class.
Tip #9: Incorporate exercise into your day. Park far away from your destination to force yourself to walk. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Better yet, bike or walk to work. This way, if you simply can’t make it to the gym, you will already have exercised that day.
Tip #10: Keep some carrot and celery sticks handy while you’re making supper. When you get the urge to sample what you’re cooking, you can eat the veggies instead.
Tip #11: Don’t go to the grocery store when you’re hungry. If you eat a healthy meal before you go shopping, this will help you to resist making impulse buys.
Tip #12: Take a detailed list when you go to the grocery store and stick to it. Not only will this help you in your meal planning, it will also reduce your risk of wandering into the high calorie snack aisles.
Tip #13: Try to do most of your grocery shopping in the outside aisles(the aisle along the sides and the back of the store) These aisles contain the nutrient-rich foods such as fresh produce, dairy products, whole grains and meat products.
Tip #14: Say no to soda pop and other high calorie beverages. It’s too easy to drink your daily quota of calories without even realizing it.
Tip #15: Give in to your cravings SOME of the time. If you’ve been craving a piece of chocolate cake all day, it’s better to splurge on one piece of cake than to eat an entire box of cookies.
Tip #16: Control your portion sizes. Remember that a single serving is about the same size as a deck of cards or a small fist. Also, eat more frequently but eat less. It’s better to eat five small meals each day than to eat three huge meals each day.
Tip #17: Always leave a bit of food on your plate. This will prevent you from going back for second and third helpings.
Tip #18: Don’t eat when you’re distracted such as when you’re working, watching TV or reading. It’s very easy to underestimate how much food you’re actually consuming because you’re focused on the task, not on the food. Never eat standing up unless you have to take a small taste to test the seasoning in a dish.
Tip #19: Set reasonable goals. If you deprive yourself too much by cutting your daily consumption to less than 1,100 calories/day, your basal metabolic rate will drop. When this drops, it actually becomes more difficult to burn calories than on a more moderate diet.
Tip #20: When eating out in restaurants, order foods that force you to eat slowly such as hot soups or spicy foods. When you eat your meal more slowly, you will often feel satisfied before your plate is empty. Remember, you can always take leftovers home in a doggie bag.
When dieting, it’s extremely important to keep small setbacks in perspective. Most people will have the occasional relapse or binge. It’s what you do after the binge that separates the successful dieters from the unsuccessful ones. Also, as you begin to lose weight, try not to think in terms of rewarding yourself with food. Instead, reward yourself with a bouquet of flowers or a bubble bath. Remember, maintaining a healthy weight is about making real changes that you can stick with for the rest of your life. Good luck and happy dieting!