Dieting Tips From A Newby
Dieting Newby: Sharing Some Ideas
Since I started my dieting adventure I thought I would throw some tips out to the hubbing world. I started a diet based on the book, "The Four Hour Body" written by Timothy Ferris. The book tackles a lot of different topics regarding dieting, helping jumpstart your energy levels and many other health issues. Discussing the book and giving it the credit it deserves will be an entire hub in itself. This hub serves to just give a few times to fellow hubbers who are contemplating or adventuring into any kind of diet. Hopefully, someone can learn something new from my experiences and I can prevent some of you from mistakes I have made so far.
- Drink PLENTY of water... and I mean plenty of WATER! Before starting my new weight loss journey I thought "plenty" of water was two bottles, I hated drinking water. I lived off iced tea, gatorade, and sweetened black teas from Starbucks. Lame I know but it's how it was. Water is crucial to the functioning of everyone's body, but unfortunately, with dieting you need to increase your water intake. At least a gallon of water a day is required to keep yourself hydrated, especially if you start taking supplements or vitamins.
- Suggestion:::: Take a gallon water jug and just carry it with you everyday to make sure you drink enough liquids. Or take several liter bottles of water with you to your work or school and make sure you drink them all and then some!
- AVOID SODAS! Avoid drinks like sodas, drinks with artificial sweeteners, coffee, milkshakes, fruit juices(on some diets), kool aid, and anything else that isn't WATER or unsweetened TEA!
- Make sure you add fiber into your diet somehow. Especially if you start drastically changing your eating habits. Constipation is not your friend and it happens quickly if you are not consuming enough fiber. Foods like beans, berries, whole grains, those green things we call veggies (turnip greens, collard greens, spinach, etc.), and a plethora of fruit will give your body fiber. Consult your primary care physician or nutritionist for professional advice on this topic or you can just go to the world wide web and do some research.
- Get plenty of rest. I made the mistake of eating late or taking supplements too late and it affected my sleeping patterns. Sleep is crucial for healthy functioning.
- Make sure you eat potassium rich foods or take a potassium supplement. I learned this the hard way. I had been on my diet for about a week, doing really well at eating the right foods and drinking a gallon of water per day. However, my body was not getting enough potassium rich foods on my particular diet. I did not find this out until I went jogging with my dog and my legs started cramping to the point I was on the ground almost in tears. What am I saying, I was in tears... but I walked it off like a champ. Moral of this lesson: TAKE IN PLENTY OF POTASSIUM RICH FOODS OR take some potassium tablets. Your body needs potassium and on a lot of diets you are restricted from eating the potassium rich foods you need.
- THROW AWAY THE JUNK FOOD! For me my problem was always this: "But I found these chips in the pantry, so a few wont hurt my diet." Yah right, quit kidding yourself! You know the first thing that is going to happen is you are going to get hungry and you're going to eat that crap! The easiest way to handle the uncontrollable snacking on foods that aren't in your diet are to GET RID OF THEM! That's right, throw the food away, donate it to a shelter, feed it to your dog, or whatever you want to do but get the junk food out of your house. Stock your house with your diet food and healthy snacks for whatever diet you are doing... believe me you'll thank me.
Now keep in mind folks, the above tips are simply things I have ran across over the last couple of weeks. I am in by no means a medical doctor, nutritionist or anything near that. In fact, I'm just a mental health clinician. But these helpful hints are lifesavers for my own progress and I hope they will help you in your adventures to change your eating habits.
Rock on and peace out peeps!