In this weeks post I’ll provide six in-depth tips that will encourage you to stick to a sensible diet plan for long-term success. Included are suggestions for quick snacks and beverages, healthy substitutes for chips, calorie counting info and multiple ways to avoid feelings of deprivation and failure.
It can be extremely hard to stick to a diet, especially when eating on the go. More often than not, dieters start out feeling determined, but their determination does not last for long. The majority end up failing because they did not follow a sensible diet plan. Starvation is not the answer, and fad diets do not provide long-lasting results. Use these six smart tips to help you stick to your diet, and make permanent lifestyle changes instead of temporarily altering eating habits. Those who do not choose a sensible diet plan eventually fall right back into the same unhealthy routine.
Keep Raw Veggies in the Fridge
People often choose junk food such as chips or cookies because they are easy to grab. They do not involve any amount of preparation. They simply open the package and begin mindlessly eating. When trying to stick to a diet, stop buying junk food, and keep raw veggies in the fridge. It should be just as easy to grab celery, carrots, cauliflower and broccoli as it is to take a handful of candy. Also, if you do not have junk food in the house, you will not be as likely to make unhealthy snack choices.
Enjoy Naturally Flavored Water
Forget about wasting money on diet soda and other beverages with artificial ingredients. Choose water when trying to stick to a diet plan. If you find it difficult to drink something without flavor, add crushed berries, lemon juice and a little honey. Enjoy naturally flavored water instead of beverages with artificial flavors and sweeteners. Fruit-infused water will help you to stick to a diet plan because it will satisfy your thirst as well as the desire for something sweet. It is also filling, especially when drinking six to eight-ounces before every meal.
Snack on Healthy Dry Cereal Instead of Chips
If you are finding it difficult to eliminate potato chips and/or tortilla chips from your diet, try a healthy substitute. When you want a crispy snack, opt for healthy dry cereal instead of chips of any variety. Cereal will satisfy your need for something crunchy and flavorful. It is a much healthier choice than salty high-fat chips. Most contain high percentages of essential vitamins and minerals. You will discover many tasty choices that will help you stick to a healthy new diet.
Keep a Detailed Food Diary
Do you really know how many calories you are consuming each day? It might seem as if you are not overeating, but if you are not keeping track, guesstimated amounts can be very deceiving. Download a diet app that includes a calorie counter, and keep a detailed food diary. Determine how many calories you should be consuming for weight loss, and be sure to enter the number of calories for every meal, beverage and snack. Keeping track of your caloric intake will not only help you to stay on track, but it will also help raise awareness when unhealthy choices are made.
Allow Favorite Foods and Drinks within Moderation
A diet does not have to be painful to work. On the contrary, successful diets are those that are easily followed for life. They are not overly stringent or unusual either. Unless certain foods or beverages are not permitted for medical reasons, favorites should be allowed within reason. Diets that do not work long-term are those that disallow specific foods and drinks. They quickly lead to a feeling of deprivation. Those who feel like they are missing out eventually give up. Everything is permissible within moderation. Simply eating less of the foods that you love and filling up on lower calorie well-balanced foods will help you to stick to a diet.
Eat Four Smaller Meals Instead of Three Larger Ones
Hunger is also a main cause of failure when trying to stick to a diet, and the feeling is not imaginary either. When a person is accustomed to eating a certain amount of food each day, the stomach does not feel full when less is consumed. It takes time for the stomach to shrink. Eat four smaller meals each day instead of three larger ones. When used in conjunction with the aforementioned tips, eating less food more often will help you to stick to your diet and accomplish your long-term goal.
Marc Dressen, MSc
Personal Trainer London
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