With todays food service industry providing us with ample opportunities to overeat, it has become increasingly hard to eat in a healthy way. Theres no easy way to say it. Dieting is difficult–but there are things you can do to make it a little easier. Here are five tips to help you stick to your diet plan and feel great about what you are doing for yourself!
1. Eat slowly and drink lots of water.
One of the best things about eating slowly is that it allows you time to enjoy what you are eating. Eating slowly also helps with digestion and gives your brain time to realize that it is full, which will keep you from being hungry after youve just eaten. A lot of the hunger pains we experience are from thirst, not hunger. If you drink the adequate amount of water that your body needs, you are less likely to get the hunger pains.
2. Have meals that are pre-made.
One of the most difficult things about dieting can be making the food. It is so easy to run to the nearest restaurant or fast food drive-thru and pick up dinner instead of cooking it yourself. This can lead to disaster. Pick a day that is not as busy for you and cook your meals. Plan what you are going to have for the week, prepare it all at once, and freeze it!
3. Try to eat to live, not live to eat.
Somehow in the course of history, we have gone from eating to live (cavemen hunting and killing their food) to living to eat (food provided to us at just about every corner). You should not live for the next meal. Find things in life that you can enjoy just as much as eating, and embrace those things. Try to begin to think of eating as the process of giving your body the nutrition it needs to run properly.
4. Reconsider situations where it will be difficult to stay committed.
One thing about dieting is that you have to have willpower. In many workplaces there are constantly high-calorie foods around. Sometimes it can be easier just to avoid the areas where the food is being set up. However, it is not fair to you to cut off your life with your friends or co-workers. If there are other options there that are healthy-such as lean meats, fruit or vegetables-go for it! In addition, there is no reason to stop your Friday night outing with your friends. Perhaps you could convince your friends to add an activity like movies, bowling, pool, etc. so that dinner is not the main event. If you do end up at a restaurant, just make wise choices-you will feel better about it in the morning!
5. Dont go for gimmick diets, go for a lifestyle change.
There are plenty of gimmick diets out there that catch the dieters eyes because of their promises to give you a quick solution to a problem. Many of these diets require people to eat only certain types of food or drink meal replacement shakes instead of eating. While these diets can take the weight off, they do not always prepare you for what real-life eating should be like. It is important to try to find a meal plan that is not a quick fix, but instead provides you with the tools you need to live a healthier life.