Now that those New Year’s resolutions of dieting are all but a distant memory, getting an organized , well thought out plan to tackle your nutritional goals should be at the top of your list.
Most people who begin diets often fail because they don’t plan ahead, have an unrealistic goals and expectations, or are simply not motivated enough to follow through. Additionally, many of us who want to lose wait tend to put it off until the beginning of the year which adds to the pressure of failure if the diet goes awry.
Here are some of the ways you can make the dieting process a bit easier:
1- Don’t skip breakfast. As tempting as this may be, skipping your first meal of the day is not a good idea as you tend to overcompensate at lunch and dinner time for the food you missed at breakfast. Additionally, eating breakfast revs up your metabolism. Even if it’s just bagel, a boiled egg or a cup of oatmeal, remember breakfast is for champs!
2. Get a good night’s sleep. Believe it or not, sleep deprivation can have a negative impact on your dieting goals. A recent article suggests that you find “new” comfort foods when you’re feeling tired, fatigued, or just plain unmotivated.
3. Take one day at a time. Starving yourself or eliminating all the foods you love immediately is a recipe for diet disaster. Try not to set unrealistic goals, and realize that portion control may be your answer,
4. Pack your lunch. Not only is eating out often expensive, it can also be unhealthy if you’re not paying attention to what’s on the menu. Bringing a healthy lunch to work is the best way to avoid “surprise” calories.
5.Eat dinner early. Eating late is a sure way to pack on the pounds. Try to have dinner by 7:30pm at the latest. While that’s not always possible, opt for a salad, a wrap or meal replacement shake instead of a heavy meal right before bed.
6. Have a “cheat” day. Set one day aside when you allow yourself to have the “not so healthy foods” you enjoy, but try not to go overboard!
7. Choose high fiber foods. Fiber filled foods like oatmeal, legumes or avocados help you feel fuller faster.
8. Get a “diet partner.”Having a partner to help share healthy food costs and keep you motivated is a smart idea.
9. Keep a food diary. Logging what, when, why and how you eat can help you with your diet goals.
10. Get up and get out! Making yourself do some physical activity every day (whether it’s walking the dog or going to the grocery store) will usually get your mind off of food cravings.
Be sure to check out the attached video for more dieting tips.