Starting a new weight loss diet can be an exciting time. But there are important things that you should know if you’re starting a weight loss diet or if you’re already on a weight loss diet that will help ensure your success.
Things To Know:
1. Realize Dieting Doesn’t Have To Be a Horrible Thing
Realize you can still eat the foods that you like and still lose weight. However, often, you have to eat these foods in smaller portions to lower the food’s calorie intake. To fill the hunger void of eating less of the food that you like, eat a healthy side such as a fruit or a vegetable. The fruit or vegetable will not just make your meals more nutritious, but they will make your meals more filling without adding a whole lot more calories.
Having a diet where your meals consist of food that you like and healthy sides is a diet that is tasting and filling, and this a diet that you can sustain.
Now, if certain foods are flat out unhealthy, you may want to cut those foods out of your diet, find healthier ways to prepare those foods, or find healthier substitutes for that food.
Because you want a diet that you like, but that is also healthy, and that’s why it’s good to talk to a doctor when constructing your diet because they know your nutrition needs better than anybody.
2. Drink Low Calorie or Calorie Free
If you’re drinking high-calorie drinks, you can save yourself a ton of calories by switching to a low calorie or calorie-free drink. You’d be surprised how many calories you drink when you’re drinking high calorie drink. Also, drinking this low calorie or calorie free drink right before meals can help fill your system up so that you can eat less.
There is a focus on watching what you eat in weight loss that people don’t appreciate watching what they drink.
Water is a great option to make your go-to drink out of; studies have shown a link between regular water consumption and reduction in body mass in overweight individuals (1)(2)(3).
Studies have shown that drinking water’s before meals can lower calorie intake.
If you make a habbit of drinking water or a low calorie drinks before meals, you will go into your meals less hungry and you would be surprised the calories you can save.
Know What To Eat When Trying To Lose Weight
Foods that are great for weight loss are foods that have fiber, water, and protien.
Fiber is great for weight loss because it’s hard for the body to break down. You see calories are units of energy that are extracted out of the foods we eat. When we take in to much energy the excess energy is stored as fat. Now because the body has a hard time breaking down fiber it is for the most part unable to extract energy out of fiber
Foods thats are great for weight loss.
High fiber, lean protien, fruits & vegetables.
Example of good weight loss friendly foods that have fiber are:
Fruits tend to be great for weight loss because of there fiber cone
Having one of these foods in your meals is great way to minimize the overall calorie of thre meals and still make the meals filling.
3. Recognize Role Emotions Play In Your Diet
Recognize the role that thoughts, feelings, and emotions play in your dieting decision. Then learn how to manage your thoughts, feelings, and emotions better. Dieting is a goal or objective. Therefore you want to have an objective mindset, but when you have a lot of negative emotions, they can make your mind less objective, and you can give in to your impulses.
4. When You Do Cheat On Your Diet Learn From It
Learn from your dieting mistakes, not just current diet cheating but from occasions when you have cheated on your diet in the past.
5. Anticipate Your Learning Curve
Anticipate a learning curve & make the decision in advance to be patience with your learning curve.
If you are starting a diet, don’t think you have to hit a hole in one where your going to start diet, not make any mistakes and just lose weight. Understand weight loss is like anything else; when you start, you may not be that great, but the longer you do it, the better you will get at it.
6. Understand That You Have To Overhaul Your Current Diet all At Once
We often hear about these famous diets, and they give us the impression that we have to overall our diets all at once, and that’s not true.
Not to say there is anything wrong with these diet programs, but it is okay to take a baby step approach and modify your diet a little bit at a time.
You can let your diet come about naturally. For you will stumble upon different meal ideas that work for you from time to time, and you can slowly start to make an overall diet for yourself out of these meals.
7. Make Well-rounded Balanced Meals
Incorporate fruits and vegetables into your meals. Fruits and vegetables will not only make the meal more nutritious, but they can make the meal more filling without dramatically increasing the meal’s calorie intake, as fruits and vegetables are typically low in calories.
8. Be Prepared For Social Occasions
You will periodically encounter social occasions or situations where you are eating out. It’s important not the let these occasions totally throw you off your weight loss game plan.
9. Start To Become More Educated On Thing That Caused Binge Eating
Emotions, boredom, social occasions can all cause you to cheat on your diet. If you find yourself cheating on your diet, become more self-aware of what’s causing you to cheat on your diet and come up with a game plan to address the issue so that you don’t continue to cheat on your diet.
10. Recognize The Importance of Distancing When You Eating From When You Sleep
You can have an effective diet, but if you’re not distancing when you eat from when you sleep, your diet can become ineffective at creating weight loss.
You see, when the body doesn’t need energy, it stores as fat for future use.
Sleep is the body’s most inactive state where the body needs the least amount of energy to function, and so the energy (or calories) that you get from foods that you eat right before you sleep may get stored as fat. That’s why it’s so important to distance when you eat from when you go to sleep.