Diet programs are notorious for failing. So many people get excited about the thought of weight loss and jump on the latest fad diet. But, after a few weeks, the diet has gone off the rails and the cycle of poor eating takes back over.
There are several factors that contribute to this dieting pattern, and the good news is that they can easily be overcome by setting a few rules to stick to when laying out your diet program.
Set Realistic Calorie Goals
You cannot expect to stop eating and lose weight. First of all, unless you are locked in a closet, you will cave. Cheating on your diet comes from not allowing yourself enough calories during the beginning of your diet program.
If you deprive yourself of what your body is use to and needs, then you will quickly find yourself sneaking cookies in the pantry at midnight. You cannot cut your calories dramatically. It just will not work.
Instead, try eating better calories. All calories are not equal.
Fuel yourself by focusing your eating on vegetables, fruit and lean meats. In fact, eat all of them you want. You will see that your energy levels will be boosted and you will not be as hungry as normal.
More of the right calories will keep you on your diet program.
Setting diet and weight loss goals that give you energy as well as a realistic target will keep you motivated and excited about your progress.
Get The Nutrients You Need
Nutrition falls right in line with eating the right calories. Your body will crave the nutrients it needs. There fore, it will trigger the hunger reaction in hopes that you will provide what is lacking.
It needs fiber, protein more than any other nutrient. These both will slow down digestion and keep you satisfied longer.
By eating the right foods that will stick with you longer, the urge to eat will quickly go by the weigh-side.
Many diet programs lead you to believe that eating low protein foods will help you lose weight. This is simply not true.
By making fiber and protein the focus of your plan, you can see results much faster and enjoy being on the diet while you do.
Make Meal Prep Easy
This is the part that can really put the breaks on your diet program. Planning out healthy and nutritious meals does take time. Doing the research, shopping at stores that carry the ingredients you need and taking the time to actually prepare the meals can be a huge undertaking.
There is some hope though. Not all diet meals need to be this complex. The biggest factor you need to focus on is making the best choices.
Yes, you will need to take some time to plan ahead. But cooking healthy shouldn’t be any different than regular cooking. Stick to basic cooking with these basic ingredients:
Lean Meats – Beef, Chicken, Pork and Fish
Vegetables – Peas, Broccoli, Carrots, Brussels Sprouts and even Potatoes
Dairy Protein – Eggs, Cottage Cheese, Full Fat Yogurt
Fruits – Bananas, Apples, Grapefruit, Berries
The nice thing is that many of these overlap. Example: Most fruits are packed with fiber and dairy gives you a big protein boost along with the right meats.
Include power packed foods like these in your meal planning and you will be on your way. Keep portions in healthy, but not overly filling sizes to help track your calorie intake, but only to make sure you are getting enough to fuel your lifestyle.
Diet Success Does Not Come Overnight
Just eating the right foods will not ensure you will drop those unwanted pounds, but it’s a good place to start. You will not lose 20 pounds by adjusting your diet. That takes a lifestyle change, which should be your goal anyway.
Don’t get discouraged if you don’t see results overnight. That being said, within 3 weeks, you will notice the difference. An energy boost should be your first indicator.
Eating healthy does a surprisingly good job of boosting your metabolism. More energy will cause you to be more active and activity leads to burning calories. Burning more calories than you take in results in weight loss, giving you the diet success you are looking for.
Commit to your diet plan for a minimum of 3 weeks and get ready for a new you!
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