Have you or someone that you know ever got super excited about their latest diet, only to fall off the wagon a few weeks later because of hunger and frustration? Certainly, many of us have including myself. But, here’s some good news: It is possible to find a plan that you won’t give up on. To get started, follow some of these helpful tips.
Satisfy your hunger.
You might be trying to lose weight, but you still need to eat! Your body has a minimum number of calories it needs a day to preform the most basic of daily functions. So, you need to be careful of severely-restricted calories diets. Hunger is the number one reason most diets fail. It’s nearly impossible to stick to a plan that leaves you hungry all the time. You will find you thoughts turning to higher calories foods and you won’t have any energy or patience. Experts recommend between 1200 to 2000 calories a day depending on your current body weight. Avoid any diet that reduces your calories dramatically. If you are eating at reasonable amount but still not feeling unsatisfied, you might want to add more protein, fiber and unsaturated fats to your diet. These foods will help you feel fuller longer.
Your plan must include foods you enjoy.
Let’s face it if the latest diet out craze has you choosing foods you do not enjoy it’s not going to last very long. For example: If you hate broccoli and it’s on the menu every night you will soon get bored or just give up because choking down something you hate every night just isn’t going to last long.
Include a variety of foods.
A funny thing happens when we eat the same foods repeatedly. Our cravings decrease, and we tend to eat less food. This would be great if it has a long-term effect, it would make monotonous diets easy to follow. However, over time deprivation set in. Our bodies work best and get more nutrients from many various sources. Eating a lot of different foods also keeps you from getting bored and you will be less likely to abandon it.
It must be easy to follow.
It’s hard enough keeping track of your calories or carbs each day, but some diets will have you counting points, weighting your food at each meal and trying out bizarre food combinations to maximize weight loss. You can learn to estimate portions sizes on sight. For example, a serving of lean meat should be the size of your palm and of serving of healthy fat is the size of your thumb.
It must be in your budget.
Diets that involve pre-packaged meals, shakes, bars, and supplements can get very expensive very quickly. Most people abandon these plans because they feel the cost out weighs the results. When you choose real whole foods that you can purchase in your local grocery store you avoid the extra cost (and the extra sugar, sodium and chemical flavor enhancers) that the pre-packaged diet food entail.
Make sure it doesn’t interfere with medications.
This one is important if your going to include grapefruit in your diet. Grapefruit interferes with the metabolism of many medications and can affect the dosage that is absorbed by the body. Check with your doctor first.
Chose a diet the promotes long term health.
For long term success, you need a diet you can stick to for life. To stick to something for life, it should provide abundant nutrition and doesn’t place unrealistic restrictions of the foods you eat. Remember: Variety is the spice of life, and that includes healthy lifestyle changes. Keep a journal and monitor the foods you eat.
Change up your meals often to avoid boredom, and add in exercise to make you body the healthiest it can be. Start will small sustainable changes and replace one old habit with one new habit.