Why diets don’t usually work?
Because people view diets as a temporary solution to a life lasting problem. Instead of following some crazy types of healthy eating diets that would consist of different types of beans, we need to focus on making the right choice when it comes to the lifestyle we want to live. This will allow us to live a healthy lifestyle without paying for some overpriced “magical” drinking juice.
Stop focusing on getting a monthly diet plan, instead focus on achieving balance regarding your eating habits.
Try the following things to better your healthy eating habits:
Don’t drink extra calories
When you go out at night with your friends or family, get a glass of water or black coffee instead of soda or a glass of juice. If you skip the two glasses of soda you drink per day you get rid of 300 calories, which equals around 20 kg per year.
Easy on the sauces
Sauces add extra calories to your meal. Using ketchup, BBQ sauce and such you add around 100 calories to your meal. Instead of doing this try using ones that has much lower calories count like mustard, spicy sauce and buffalo sauce.
Put cheese aside
It’s true that we all want cheese because it’s tasty. I’m not saying to get a pizza without cheese but cutting back on consuming cheese from everyday meals (like salads and sandwiches) will further lower the calories you consume on a daily basis. If you’re unable to enjoy your sandwich without cheese than maybe as the waiter to put less cheese so you still get the same taste but not as many calories.
Bring food that you prepared at home
I’m not saying you have to take a boiled piece of chicken steak and three pieces of spinach but bringing your own lunch to work has better chance to have less calories than meals prepared in restaurants which usually have more then a thousand calories.
Choose your snack wisely
We all get hungry during the day, especially in the afternoon hours so instead of going to the nearest snack machine to get your daily dose of chocolate and sweets you could get a different kind of snack that also tastes good but it’s healthy like a bag of almonds, low fat yogurts or maybe Indian nuts.
Eat smaller portions
Your overall increase/decrease in weight is measured by how many calories you are consuming and how many calories you are spending. By splitting your meals into more frequent but smaller portions you will avoid the unpleasant feeling of hunger and you’ll stop overeating. Most people only eat lunch and dinner and tend to overeat because they only have two meals. For example if your daily calories consumption need to be 2000, have five meals of 400 calories each instead of two meals of 1000 calories.
All of use already know that we need to consume vegetables. It’s been told to us since we got in first grade but the number of people that don’t eat vegetables regularly is shocking. You don’t have to eat the vegetable raw, you can cook it, eat it in a salad or consume it as a side dish with your main meal and your body will be grateful.
Consume less sweets
Stick to the 80/20 rule. The larger part of your daily food consumption should be healthy but you can allow yourself to have something sweet as long as it’s in moderate quantity. Choose a small snack that doesn’t have more than 100 calories and you’ll be just fine.
Research show that people who regularly eat breakfast have lower chances of overcoming the daily calories consumption.
Sometimes it’s alright to lose track when you’re eating barbecue or your favorite fast food as long as you don’t turn it into an unhealthy everyday habit. Allow yourself a so called “cheat meal” once a week but make sure that the rest of the week you are eating right.
Most people look at eating healthy as a short term solution, as something that will help them lose a few calories before they go back to their old eating habits where a box of Oreos is a legitimate meal. The reason why diets don’t usually work is because people go from one extreme to another in just a day. It goes from “I’ll have a salad” to “I’ll just have a double cheeseburger since I skipped practice today.” in a matter of seconds. None of these will help you better your health but following the few simple rules above will make the long road of eating healthy much easier to adapt to.