Planning a diet involves more than cutting down on meals. It also has a lot do with setting the right mindset. To help you take this big step towards fitness and health, we’ve compiled a few tips from HelpGuide, a non-profit online resource for mental health and overall well-being.
Take baby steps. Instead of taking one big drastic change, take small steps towards living and eating healthy. Allow considerable time for your body to get used to the change. This way, you’ll be more likely to stick to your plan. Slowly take out the unhealthy foods from your diet by getting smaller and smaller portions and then introduce healthy foods like fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Dieting takes discipline and if you’re serious about getting fit, you need to discipline your way towards healthy eating habits.
Switch to healthy alternatives. Dieting doesn’t mean you have to give up the foods you love; it’s more about giving up unhealthy treats and replacing them with healthier alternatives. If you’re a frequent snacker, why not replace potato chips with kamote fries? Or replace candy with fresh fruit? Also, to get more nutrients, try to vary the types of fruits and vegetables you eat – the more colorful the better.
Go for fresh ingredients. It helps if you prepare your own meals so you can better keep track of what you eat. That said, read the labels of your ingredients carefully as some of those that claim to be healthy are actually filled with lots of salt or sugar.
Don’t skip meals. Why obsess over calories when you can eat your way into health and weight loss? If you really want to shed those pounds, don’t skip meals as you’re likely to overeat later in the day. Start your day by having a hearty breakfast. Not only will this jumpstart your digestive tract, it will also fuel you with energy throughout the day. For lunch, dinner, and snacks in between, go for smaller servings. Small frequent eating helps speed up your metabolism. Also, take your time while eating. It takes 20 minutes for your body to realize it’s full so eat slowly.
Enlist the help of a friend. If you don’t trust yourself to stay true to your goal in the face of temptation, get a friend to help keep you on track. Establish rewards and consequences for every accomplishment or misstep. Friends can also take form in motivational pictures or posters that remind you during your moments of weakness why you started dieting and living healthy in the first place.
Dieting shouldn’t have to be a grueling process. You don’t need to starve or deprive yourself of the foods you love. Fitness and health are all about discipline and making the right choices.
Have you started your dieting plan yet? What are your tips to achieve success? Share your secrets with us in the comments section.