The majority of people think that if they begin exercising, they can eat lots of unhealthy foods and still lose weight. Unfortunately, this method never works and will keep you at your current weight, or even pack on pounds.
Changing your diet is the key to losing weight, but it can be challenging trying to stick to your diet.
That said, here are some good tips that’ll help you stick to a healthier diet.
Keep Track of your Food, not Calories
Food journals are helpful tools for dieting because they allow you to see exactly what you’re consuming, what time you eat, and will help you put eating habits into perspective. Begin by listing all the food you eat and the rough amount of servings and serving sizes. Keep track of snacks, drinks, and meals and don’t leave anything out! After doing this for a few days, you’ll begin to see where you can make changes to your diet such as…
- drinking less soda,
- eating less bread,
- eating less fast food,
- …or adding more vegetables.
It is important to consume less soda, bread and fast food. Food journal will show you, and maybe even shock you when you’ll see how much of unhealthy foods you consume.
If you have to, list your favorite healthy snacks and allow yourself to eat one of them per day. It will help you to stick to your diet and you will feel rewarded every day. A positive attitude is very important!
Always eat Enough
Often, we think that eating less and less will help us reach our weight loss goals… WRONG!!!. Eating too few of calories will keep your body from using stored fat. Furthermore, your body will store even more fat because it’s being malnourished.
The average woman who is dieting to lose weight should be eating 1,400-1,700 calories a day, depending on their personal weight, height and activity level.
Traditionally, the largest meal of the day is dinner; but it’s been proven that if the largest meal occurs early in the day, you’ll eat less throughout the rest of the day. With this being said, you should begin each day with a…
- large well-balanced breakfast,
- Have a small snack between breakfast and lunch like an apple,
- and another snack in between lunch and dinner.