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Tips to get you Started on your Diet

Updated on March 16, 2017

Diets are never an easy task to keep motivated at, believe me I know. Although many people think diets are just about eating healthy there is a lot more to them than that. Here I will write some useful tips and tricks that will help you with your diet plans and hopefully keep you motivated!

Step 1: Introduce Yourself to Green Tea

Meet your new best friend, green tea. Many people do not know that green tea actually is a metabolism booster. Start drinking at least a glass of green tea a day. If you are anything like me then you dislike the hot water with a tea bag, yuck. Thankfully there is other alternatives. You can find different green tea drinks at the grocery store that are REAL green tea, but a cold version. These ones obviously have sugar and other ingredients added, but none the less are made with real green tea. I use these as an alternative and they taste delicious. As Abdul G. Dulloo, a researcher at the University of Geneva, Switzerland says, "Green tea has thermogenic properties and promotes fat oxidation beyond that explained by its caffeine content." AKA it boosts your metabolism!

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Try this special organic green tea to get you started. it is a fat blocker and energy booster, what is not better to get you started on boosting your metabolism than that? This green tea also has an incredible taste considering it is organic and not anything fake that you would probably find in any grocery store.

 

Step 2: Smoothies!

The clear beginning to a diet is starting to eat healthy, but it is so hard to resist all of the delicious unhealthy foods! Smoothies are a great alternative to introduce yourself to. Smoothies are completely healthy and taste great too; therefore, you are not missing out on the unhealthy snacks that taste good too. Start making smoothies a part of your everyday life. Have a smoothie every morning for breakfast. If you are feeling really risky, have one for lunch as well. I can support this by saying I lost ten pounds by living off of smoothies for three weeks, without changing my exercise habits. Here is the smoothie recipe I used, it is very simple to do.

Grab your blender and put in:

  • 1 cup of juice. This is not just any ordinary sugary juice. I used the oasis juice brand, which has a variety of great flavours.
  • 1/4 cup of Yogurt. You can use any flavour you want for this but I personally think vanilla is best because you create the flavour you want with the fruit you put in.
  • 1 cup of fruit. This can be fruit you have in your fridge or from a bag of frozen berry's.
  • 1/2 of a banana. The banana helps to make your smoothie actually smooth.

There you have it! a simple smoothie recipe that is yummy.

Step 3: Activities That You Actually Enjoy

Many people begin diets by getting themselves a membership to a gym and forcing themselves to go work out. Although this may work great for a couple weeks, often at times people slowly stop attending the gym. It is nothing to be ashamed of, the gym just is not the best place for everyone. This does not mean quit though! There are many other physical activities that you can partake in to get that desired exercise.

Maybe you did not like the gym because you would rather get your activity done privately. A great solution is to just look up some exercises that you can do straight from your own home. Every morning when you wake up, or before you go to bed (although morning is best), try to fit in time to do your daily exercises. Start small by limiting yourself to a small number of exercises until you feel that you can take on more. For instance, wake up and do ten pushups, ten situps, etc. Oh, and don`t forget to stretch.

If you want to go out and get exercise but still dislike the gym then there are many great opportunities everywhere for different physical exercise you are bound to love. Try swimming, aquatics, yoga, hot yoga, take pole dancing classes, take hoop classes, dance classes, spinning classes, join a community sports team, the possibilities are endless for fun ways to get some physical activity!

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Just Dance 2015 - Wii
Just Dance 2015 - Wii

Try this for a fun way to get yourself motivated and breaking a sweat! Just dance has various copies from 2014, 2015, specifically summer ones, and more depending on your taste. It is not specific to the Wii either, it comes for xbox, play station, and others. Just dance is one of my favorite ways to get a workout because it is a game and it is extremely fun when you are doing it with others!

 

Step 4: Motivate Yourself

Motivation is the thing that most people lack when it comes to beginning a new diet plan. It is a significant struggle to keep yourself on track with your plan and get yourself out the door to do your exercise. You may start out strong with as much will power as you may carry, but eventually as the weeks go on most people begin to slowly forget their plans for dieting.

The solution to this problem is simple. You have to find a way to keep yourself motivated. There are so many different ways that you can do this. Maybe you like shopping; keep yourself motivated by allowing yourself to buy something nice for yourself every 5-10 pounds you lose! treat yourself in different ways by setting a goal. Once you have achieved your goal you can treat yourself with whatever motivation technique you use.

Another way to keep motivated is by making a calender specifically for your diet. Mark down the different days you have physical activity planned, write down what you are going to eat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner on different days, write down a day you plan to have your goal achieved, etc. By doing this you are allowing yourself to get set in a routine and motivate yourself to work towards your goal on the calender.

Step 5: Grab a Buddy

One thing that causes people to give up on their exercise routines is the idea of going through the process alone. Having a friend there to work out with is great because it keeps both of you motivated to keep up and stick to it and it helps make the experience more enjoyable. Find something you both would enjoy doing (different classes or sports teams) and sign yourselves up for it. It is a great time to hang out, meet other people, and get your daily physical activity in. If your friend is really interested, the both of you can do your exercise and create a meal plan together. The both of you will help each other throughout your diet.

Step 6: Begin to Cut

Start to cut the foods out of your life that you really do not need to be having. I don't mean give up snacking entirely, but there are healthier ways to snack that are just as delicious. Try to snack on pita bread and hummus instead of those salt and vinegar chips. Add more fruit and vegetables to your life. Give yourself smaller servings of the foods with a lot of carbs such as pasta. Give yourself smaller portions of those fatty foods and larger portions of fruit and veggies.

Step 7: Hide Your Scale

Weighing yourself is one of the most depressing things you can do. Obviously to keep track of your weight loss you will have to, but try to remain from doing it daily. You are not going to drop pounds every single day, so why weigh yourself? Weighing yourself every day and noticing you are not losing as fast as you would like just makes you upset and causes you to lack motivation. Stay away from that scale and keep your motivation because you are perfectly capable of getting to your desired weight!

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Step 8: Get to It

You know many tips and tricks now for helping you along the way throughout your diet and goal. Now the last thing to do and to get yourself up and get to it! You are perfectly capable of achieving your goal with or without these tips, but hopefully they have been helpful for you.

Good luck on your journey and let me know of your goal achievements!

© 2015 Christy Maria

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      Christy Maria 3 years ago

      That sounds really interesting Ezzly, I wonder why they would do that. Thank you for your support!

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      ezzly 3 years ago

      Excellent article have to say I love green tea and smoothies! I read an article today about boyfriends who deliberately sabotage their girlfriends diets! Voted up!

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      Christy Maria 3 years ago

      Thanks Peyton!

      I hope you enjoy the recipe, I really thought it had a nice taste to it! You should definitely try out one of the versions of just dance. My mother and I always get a great work out playing the game.

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      Peyton Parker 3 years ago from San Antonio, TX

      I really love your piece! I am going to try out your smoothie recipe. I have also been thinking about getting a Wii Dance "game" for a while. It seems like it would be fun. Thanks for your great article!

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      Christy Maria 3 years ago

      Thank you for the kind words Michele and Chris.

      Weight loss is never an easy task, or an enjoyable one if that. Hopefully some of these tips will help to make the experience more enjoyable to people pursuing weight loss goals.

      Try the green tea bag in the smoothies Michele! I am sure it would not make the smoothie any less enjoyable and it truly does help.

      Another thing that helps to boost metabolism, which I should have stated in the article, is eating more spicy foods. Spicy foods help to boost metabolisms like green tea does, but not everyone's stomach can handle the spice!

      Good luck and I hope you achieve your goals!

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      Michele Gallagher 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      Good tips! I have been on a smoothie kick since the new year. I add tea to them instead of milk. After reading this article maybe I'll try adding green tea to them instead of the fruit flavored ones I've been using.

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      Krzysztof Willman 3 years ago from Parlin, New Jersey

      Thank you for the tips as I have struggled with weight loss since I was a child. I'll be sure to follow some of those steps and get back on track. Great article.

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