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Healthy Eating Without that Deprived “Diet” Feeling
Dieting is often hard, particularly if you change your accustomed eating patterns abruptly and dramatically. To get that weight off permanently, the only secret is this: little changes that you make a part of your daily life one change at a time.
The path to achieving your healthy weight is to change your ways in a manner that you can be comfortable with for a long time. For example, you cannot remain on a low-carbohydrate diet for a long period of time if you absolutely adore carbs. The solution in this case is to just lower your daily carbohydrate numbers to an amount that works for you.
Here are some ideas that can help you to plan nourishing meals without that deprived sensation that is common to dieting:
- Reduce serving sizes.
One approach is to lessen the amounts of food you eat instead of changing the foods themselves. Sometimes, we no longer know how big a normal healthy serving is, and many folks consume calories more than they meant to because of this. Cut down your servings a little, and put the food on a smaller plate so that it still looks generous. You’ll take in less food but still feel full!
- Slow down when eating.
The point of not rushing your meal is that it takes several minutes for your brain to get the message from your body that your stomach is getting full. Eat at a slower pace, and your brain will receive the message before your stomach has overfilled.
- Eat more frequently.
Try breaking your meals into smaller, more frequent eating events. Frequent small meals can keep you from getting tired or hungry, and the total daily food amount can be less.
- Drink ample amounts of water.
As you know, water is essential for life. Water helps satisfy your stomach, too. Before sitting down to a meal, have a cup of water and your stomach will be full before you have overeaten.
- When eating out, eat mindfully.
Often, it is the case that you have no problem sticking to your healthy plan at home, but when you go out, you revert to bad eating habits. It is well known that restaurant foods contain more salt and butter than home-cooked meals, and the servings are huge! One option is to select a healthy choice from the menu using your nutrition knowledge; another is to eat only half the serving and take the rest home for the next day.
- Drinks count too when counting calories.
A common error is to neglect the calories you took in liquid form when adding up your daily total. If you mainly drink water, calories are not a problem. But if you make a Starbucks run or drink a big cup of fruit juice or soda, that single drink might provide as much calorie intake as an entire meal.
- Keep up a reasonable, balanced schedule of exercise.
Exercise enhances your state of health and makes you feel good. If it is difficult to make time in your daily schedule for exercising, keep in mind that any kind of activity you participate in helps you burn calories. Walking around your neighborhood, parking your car away from the entrance so that you have to walk more, and walking up the stairs instead of taking the elevator are all ways to get more exercise without needing to carve out a specific block of time from your already busy schedule.
It’s not an impossible task to become and stay healthy. You can achieve better health by listening to your own body. Be attentive to what your body is telling you, treat it well, and you are certain to achieve a healthy weight.