The single hardest part of dieting and weight loss is keeping to your diet and preventing yourself from sliding back to unhealthy eating habits. Temptation is all around us, from the ads we see on television to the billboard advertising the newest sandwich at your local fast food joint, to friends suggesting you join them for pizza night.
8 Tips To Help With Keeping To Your Diet:
Drink plenty. Water or low-calorie drinks help fill the stomach and stave off hunger. Avoid so-called power drinks; these are loaded with calories, and your body doesn’t interpret calories from drinks in the same way as it interprets calories from food.
- Add some spice to your life. Research shows that food with a great deal of flavor will make you feel satisfied more quickly than bland foods, causing you to eat less.
- Make eating well a convenience. When you shop for groceries, buy plenty of carrots, celery, and yams. As soon as you get home, chop them up and place them in individual containers. You now have a set of snacks you can grab quickly.
- Replace starches with vegetables. Feel like making hamburgers on the barbecue? Don’t use wheat buns, cut iceberg lettuce into bun shapes and use these. Feel like pasta? Use a spiralizer to cut carrots or zucchini into a healthy alternative.
- Reward your milestones. Were you aiming to lose five pounds? When you reach that mark, celebrate it. Watch a film you have been wanting to see in a while. Buy new walking shoes. Do something that tells your subconscious you have succeeded. Also, plan your celebrations. If you anticipate losing another five pounds, choose something to do as a celebration, so you have this to look forward to. But select something that doesn’t involve food.
- Have a treat – once in a while. If you love butter tarts, buy a single one rather than a box. This will keep you feeling satisfied without going overboard. And having only one on hand ensures that you won’t go overboard.
- Over-eat – once in a while. Don’t treat an indulgence such as pizza night with friends as a failure. Make it part of your dieting plan. Perhaps set once a month or once every two weeks as a day of enjoying a large meal. You will find that afterward you feel satisfied; the extra surge of food will tell your body you aren’t in starvation mode. Also, if you build in the occasional indulgence and make it part of your plan, you will not feel like you have failed. Instead, it will be a welcome part of the process.
- Build in buffers. If you feel like snacking, make a point of telling yourself to wait fifteen minutes. If you still feel like nibbling on something, choose a healthy snack. But often you’ll find that setting a waiting period will cause the craving to pass.
Embrace Lifestyle Change
Weight loss and keeping to your diet is a lifestyle process, not an occasional thing. Make it part of your life. Research shows that habits are powerful forces; if you make eating right and exercising regularly, then keeping to your diet regimen and meeting your weight loss goals will become part of everyday life rather than a struggle.