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Advice for dieting without really going on a diet.
Losing weight doesn’t have to be the hardest thing you’ve ever done. In fact, it can be one of the easiest! All it takes are some very simple rules:
1. Eat only when you are hungry
2. If you feel like munching, munch – on healthy stuff
3. Have treats once in awhile
4. Cook simple foods
5. Move around
A lot of people think that weight loss is very difficult because they read about the “new, low-cal, healthy recipes!” online and in magazines. These recipes often include unfamiliar brands or types of food, often times organic or from health food stores. Most people look at these recipes and think, “I would never buy this stuff. I would never eat this stuff.” It’s too different from what you typically eat that there’s no motivation to buy it. It can also be expensive. However, there’s actually no reason to buy it at all!
Sit down and make a list of foods you love. Then make a list of foods you can’t live without. The foods you love but can live without are going to be the foods that you will try to cut from your diet. For example, if you like cake, but can live without it, don’t eat. Instead, you may decide you can’t live without chocolate, so you’ll still have that. The reason for this is because many people eat foods they like simply because they can, because the foods taste good. They don’t eat the food because they really want it, and certainly not because they need it. Get out of that habit, and you’re on the road to better living already.
Stock your house with cheap, easy snack foods. Buy whole wheat crackers or cereal (not the health food organic kind, but whatever’s in the regular grocery store). Buy 100% fruit juice, skim milk (or 1%), vegetable juice, wheat bread, cheese, turkey slices, cans of tuna, and any other “good” food that you like. When you’re hungry, grab some fresh fruit to munch on, or some whole wheat crackers. You can even have a mug of tomato soup, some cheese (with or without crackers), lunch meat, pretzels, or baked chips.
When making meals, stick with things you like. If you like pasta, buy yourself some tomato sauce that has vegetables in it instead of plain tomato sauce or cream sauce. You can add vegetables yourself if you want to. Buy chicken breast and simply pair it with mashed potatoes, or put it in broth with vegetables for soup. Don’t fuss with long, “special” recipes, or you won’t stick with it.
If you’re cooking, you can make many of your usual recipes. Simply reduce the amount of butter, cheese, and other fattening ingredients, and add more vegetables. Even if you want to make dinner from a box, just throw in a package of mixed vegetables and serve with applesauce as a side dish to make the meal simple and healthy. Low-fat cooking can be easy and made with everyday items.
Keep yourself busy. Move around the house more. Do chores, even if you don’t want to. Chores count as exercise, as long as you’re up and about! Take a walk with a friend. Do anything that involves moving. When you get tired, sit down and call a friend. Anything that keeps you actively involved, even if it doesn’t involve moving is a good thing. Why? It keeps your mind off food. You only want to eat when you’re actually hungry. Many people reach for food simply because they’re bored. Also, sometimes, if you are busy, you will put off eating for awhile even when you are hungry, which will actually help decrease your appetite. This is a big help – a lot of people on diets think about food very often, which means they are more likely to give in to cravings.
Before you eat anything, think, do I really want this? Or am I eating it out of boredom or habit? If you truly crave it (even if it’s chocolate or French fries), have it. If you don’t, then don’t eat it. Give in to your serious cravings, but don’t mix up real cravings with cravings for bad food. You can tell the difference if you want only one food, and nothing else will satisfy your craving, and if you sometimes crave good foods in the same way. People who experience cravings may want tomatoes, wheat bread, pasta, or another good food because their body lacks a nutrient that that food contains. When you have identified these cravings, they are what you should pay attention to.
As for bad cravings, don’t give in to them. They will actually go away! After awhile, your desire for and tolerance of fatty or sweet foods will diminish. Once it has, you can eat whatever you want. That is, if you want a cookie, have one – not ten. And always remember, even if you eat something you shouldn’t have, you haven’t blown your diet until you give in to continue eating in that same manner.
Weight loss can be easy if you listen to your body and keep moving. You can lose pounds and inches very easily just by adding a little extra motion and decreasing your calories, even if you are never on a formal diet. Give it a try and feel better today!
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