16 Best Diet Tips Ever!
Do you follow these diet tips? Chances are you don’t even though most of them are common sense. Find out how many you are following by reading the list below.
1. Lighten Up
People who view a healthy diet as a gift versus a sacrifice tend to be more successful while dieting. Further, those who tend to be positive are also more successful at dieting and lose more weight. Embrace positivity to improve your chances at weight loss.
2. Toughen Up “Cupcake.”
Expect that dieting and self-discipline while dieting can be hard. Anything worth doing is usually hard. Tolerating a little discomfort to improve your health is OK.
3. Make Water Your Beverage of Choice
The only beverage your body needs is pure, clean water. It is good for your waistline and organs, too. Make water your drink of choice. Your body will reward you for this choice!
4. Think Before Eat
When you feel an urge to eat, take a moment to stop and think. Ask yourself, “Am I really hungry?” or could there be some other reason (tired, stressed, boredom) I’m craving food right now.
5. Bring It, Don’t Buy It
Meals prepared at home tends to be far healthier and more affordable than restaurant and convenience food. Gain control over the quality and quantity of food you eat by preparing meals at home. An average restaurants meal contains 200-800 extra calories than the same meal prepared at home. It’s easier to maintain a healthy weight if you cook.
6. Catch Some Serious Zzzs
Fatigue and your weight are tightly intertwined. A proper amount of sleep is vital to maintaining a healthy body weight. Shoot for a minimum of six hours of sleep per night and more ideally eight hours whenever possible. Science suggests a lack of sleep can activate stress hormones and encourage weight gain.
7. Choose Protein Over Carbs
When hungry, grab for protein instead of carbs. Protein keeps your insulin levels in check and limits cravings better than simple carbs. It also keeps you feeling satisfied longer.
8. Lead Meals with Greens
Start off every meal with your veggies first! They are low in calorie, naturally filling, and incredibly good for your body.
9. Never Go to the Grocery Story Hungry
We all know what happens when we shop hungry and it ain’t good. Keep an Ideal Protein approved snack in your bag or car for those days when your schedule is tight. Avoid food shopping while hungry, and you’ll likely avoid food binges.
10. Keep a Food Diary
Keep a daily log of everything you eat. This is a great way to assess what you are consuming on a daily basis and how good your food choices are — per the food type and portion size. Let’s face it. It’s hard to change eating habits if you don’t know what you’re eating.
11. Limit Sedentary Activities
Limit your time spent in front of the TV, on the computer, and doing other sedentary activities. If you are parked in front of the TV for more than 10 hours per week, you’re over doing it. Get up and get your body moving!
12. Weigh Yourself
Don’t hide from the truth. Face it head on, and weigh in. Your weight will not differ regardless of whether you visit the scale or not so chose to face your truth and work to address any problems head on.
13. Start Every Day with Breakfast
The worst breakfast is NO breakfast. People who eat a healthy breakfast every day tend to be lighter and have an easier time managing their weight. They are also less likely to overeat later in the day.
14. Space Your Meals & Snacks
During the day, plan to eat on a schedule (as is done during Phase 1 of the Ideal Protein diet plan). Spread out meals and snacks throughout your day, leaving no more than four to five hours between food breaks. Properly spaced meals and snacks will help to prevent swings in blood sugar, prevent urges to binge eat, and this also helps stoke the fire of your metabolism, too.
15. Late Night Snacking is for Dummies
Late night is a typical time for mindless eating and excess calorie consumption. To avoid weight gain, finish eating at least three hours before your bedtime. Calories consumed late night are more likely to be converted into body fat as your metabolism naturally slows when asleep.
16. Exercise Your Whole Body
Exercise your entire body, not just one isolated part each time you workout. By using your entire body during your workouts, you’ll burn more calories and build a healthier, stronger body. Weight lifting is an excellent form of exercise that builds strength and helps to rev your metabolism too. The more muscle your body has, the more calories your body will burn naturally. Ask your BodyTech coach when you can start ramping up the exercising.
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