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3 Tips for Diet Plan Success

Updated on March 12, 2011

Deciding to start a weight loss program is an important step in the battle to keep your weight under control. However, it's important to remember that making a decision to go on a diet and choosing a plan doesn't mean that losing weight is going to be easy.

It's likely that you'll have to fight off temptations to cheat on your diet on a regular basis. After all, dieters often have to deal with cravings for high calorie foods that they need to avoid, as well as with the temptations they're likely to face in social situations.

No matter what type of diet you are on, sticking to it for the long haul is likely to be difficult. Remind yourself that lasting weight loss takes time and commitment, and make an effort to follow these diet success tips so that you'll be in the right frame of mind to stick to your eating plan and accomplish your weight loss goals.

1. Drink Plenty of Water

It's a fact that people often overeat because they mistake feelings of dehydration for hunger. When you have the urge to snack and it just doesn’t seem possible that you should be hungry, there's a good chance that you're just thirsty. If you feel the need to snack, have some water before reaching for something to nosh on. You just might find that the desire to eat goes away. It's also a good idea to get in the habit of drinking water a few minutes before each meal. Doing so will reduce the chances that you'll overeat as the result of unidentified thirst.

2. Keep Healthy Food Within Reach

Many busy people find it to be very difficult to stick to their diet plans because they are on the go so much. Even though many fast food restaurants now offer healthy options, it's much easier to grab something unhealthy when you are between appointments or you need to pick up a quick lunch during the middle of the workday. Instead of being at the mercy of the nearest quick serve restaurants, why not keep a few healthy meal and snack items on hand, either in your desk or briefcase? Stock up on individuals servings of nuts, cheese, healthy protein bars, and other nutritious items that can easily be enjoyed on the run.

3. Remove Temptations

While it's a good idea to make sure that you have healthy snacks on hand, you should also get rid of those items that you should not eat. Don't keep unhealthy foods filled with empty calories in your pantry, refrigerator, or desk. If you see snack cakes and fried, salty snacks every time you open the door, you're likely to give in and grab something that you shouldn't eat instead of a piece of fresh fruit or a handful of nuts. Even if your family members aren't dieting, there's no reason to keep a ton of unhealthy foods on hand. Instead, purchase or make plenty of healthful snacks that are likely to appeal to everyone in your household. It'll be easier for you to stick to your diet and the others can also enjoy health benefits from the healthier food choices.


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    meghansmummy 8 years ago

    good advice