All diets start with the best intentions, but even those with high ambitions lose steam after the first few weeks. Making gradual lifestyle choices can be difficult at first, but after a while, they become like second nature. Here are some tips to keep your healthy diet going long enough for it to become an effortless part of your everyday life.
-Talk to your doctor about your weight loss goals. He knows your health history and what your biggest dietary needs are. Your doctor can help you determine what type of diet is healthiest for you – whether you need a low-fat diet or low-carbohydrate diet – and how fast and how much weight you should lose.
-Start a food diary. It may seem silly at first, but tracking what you eat and how many calories you are consuming can help you determine what your biggest hurdles are. Be sure to record everything, even that piece of cookie dough you snuck while baking. All that mindless snacking really adds up. Eventually, counting calories will become like second nature, and you won’t need to rely on the food diary.
-Create a diet that fits your tastes. Just because you’re watching calories doesn’t mean you have to eat foods you don’t enjoy. Eating food you like will help you feel more satisfied with less and keep you from getting discouraged with your diet plan. There are simple adjustments you can make that will cut a surprising amount of calories. For example, if you struggle with high cholesterol, you should replace butter with better, cholesterol-free options like olive oil or a soy margarine with zero trans-fats.
Preparing your own meals can also help you with portion control. If you’re feeling particularly hungry one day, steam up some extra vegetables.
-Shop more consciously. Don’t keep junk food in the house. If it’s there, you’ll eat it. If it isn’t and you’re hungry, you’ll go for whatever healthy treat you have in the house.
-Get active. You may feel like you don’t have time to start exercising regularly, but maybe you should become more conscious of how you spend your free time. Include how you spend your free time in your food journal as well so you become more conscious of the amount of time you spend sitting in front of the computer or television screen.
A weight loss supplement, such as Dr. Agin’s Skinny D, can help jump-start your weight loss by making you feel less hungry and more satisfied. People who take Skinny D, which is available at Dr. Newton’s Naturals, report losing more weight during the first few weeks of their diet plans.