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Losing Weight with Ease

Updated on January 6, 2015

Eat a lot of veggies and fruit

Enjoy lots of different produce.
Enjoy lots of different produce.

Eat a lot of low calorie produce

Eat a lot of filling fruit
Eat a lot of filling fruit
Enjoy tasty vegetables
Enjoy tasty vegetables
Add lots of herbs and spices
Add lots of herbs and spices
Peppers are healthy and sweet
Peppers are healthy and sweet
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Eliminate the Word Diet

You can lose weight comfortably with a healthy lifestyle plan. The word diet often brings to mind a feeling of immediate deprivation of favorite foods. No one wants to give up favorite foods, and it is a pretty grim forecast for those wishing to lose weight but don't want to give up favorite foods.

Think of your weight loss program as a non-diet program. Think about making some changes in your current diet that are healthy, filling and lower in calories than your previous eating plan. Strict one-sided diets are okay when you want to lose a few pounds for a particular event. If you want to be slender and trim for a long time start planning your new permanent eating venue. Diets can be boring and after a while you can be tempted to stray from the plan. Your goal is to develop healthy and satisfying eating habits. You need not despair as you can allow yourself at least one or two special treats per week. Make an eating plan that works for you. Are you a muncher and have the fridge close by all the time? Are you forced to eat meals out or at least away from home? There are solutions for all kinds of eating habits.

Types of One Sided Diets

Diets:

  • Protein only
  • Very low carbohydrates
  • No protein--diets
  • Eggs amd grapefruit
  • Juice diets
  • Complete fasts
  • Alternating day diets--one day protein and the next day carbs
  • And any other combination of food you can dream up

Lose Weight and Keep it Off

  1. Eliminate the word diet from your vocabulary.
  2. Eat only when you are hungry.
  3. Eat slowly and enjoy the food.
  4. Use lots of spices and herbs.
  5. Eat only what you love.
  6. Plan what you are going to eat before going to a restaurant or someone's house.
  7. Allow for treats of favorite foods.
  8. Buffets are okay--pick your favorite foods and have small portions.
  9. Eat often during the day and avoid hunger.
  10. Never eat standing up.
  11. Eat large portions of produce.
  12. Keep a diary before or after each day. Diaries don't lie.

Enjoy What You Eat

Enjoy your food.
Enjoy your food.

Start Eating Healthy Today

watch your waistline decrease
watch your waistline decrease
Save these for a special treat
Save these for a special treat
Season your food well
Season your food well

When and What To Eat

Start the morning out with a small bowl of fruit to include: peaches, berries or melon.

Have protein for breakfast.

  • Egg white omelets with one yoke. Add spinach, mushrooms and tomatoes.
  • One-half cup of cottage cheese with peppers and celery
  • one-ounce string cheese with 1/2 slice of whole grain toast
  • One slice of whole grain toast with peanut butter
  • One-half chicken breast

Lunch:

  • Turkey, tuna or lean beef sandwich. You can eat these sandwiches when dining out.
  • Any type of salad will work- use oil and vinegar dressing; and stay away from the cheese and bacon.
  • Stay away from food prepared in sauce or fried. (You can always ask how the food is prepared).
  • Mexican restaurants--Have soft shell tacos with chicken or beef. Add lots of salsa as it has few calories.
  • Chinese restaurants can be tricky. You can try their low calorie specials or go for the vegetarian entrée. Hot and sour soup will fill you up before a meal and it is delicious. Do not add soy sauce to your food.

Dinner:

  • Never taste food while you are cooking. It is possible to eat almost an entire meal doing this---maybe a tiny taste to be sure of the taste.
  • Make dinner a festive occasion by serving the food on nice dishes. If it is your choice, a glass of wine is enjoyable with your meal.
  • Be aware of size and portion of foods. You don't have to measure your food, Very often 1/2 cup of food is considered a serving.
  • A large green salad takes a while to eat and is low in calories.
  • Vegetables that are seasoned with spices and bit of olive oil are tasty and low calorie.
  • Save your dessert for later ---and try some fresh fruit.

These are not just rules for dieting but rules to stay lean, feel good and enjoy your food without guilt.

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    • DDE profile image

      Devika Primić 

      4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      How To Lose Weight Easily great suggestion it mostly about what we eat and off-course got to get rid that sedentary life. Lovely photos!

    • carol7777 profile imageAUTHOR

      carol stanley 

      6 years ago from Arizona

      Losing weight is as easy as making a commitment. I hate diets. Just eat what you know is healthy and low calorie..and don't give in to temptations and careless eating. I have stayed the same my entire adult life but I am always on a mental diet. I do not deny myself...Good luck and thanks for dropping by.

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      Patricia Scott 

      6 years ago from sunny Florida

      These are great suggestions, Carol. I am trying trying to lose weight. It took a long time to get it on and I don't want to wait to get it off. Which is foolish and unreasonable I know.

      I am bookmarking this to come back and remind myself to be GOOD.

      Thanks for sharing this.

    • carol7777 profile imageAUTHOR

      carol stanley 

      6 years ago from Arizona

      Thanks for stopping by and I so agree that diet is a difficult word. And most people want to get back to their bad eating habits after they lose a few pounds.

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      Kris Heeter 

      6 years ago from Indiana

      You have some good points here. My favorite is to not use the word "diet". When I work with clients on weight loss, the first thing we work on is seeing it as a way of life or lifestyle change. "Going on a diet" implies a temporary situation when in reality the key to successful weight loss is to make eating changes that last a lifetime!

    • carol7777 profile imageAUTHOR

      carol stanley 

      6 years ago from Arizona

      Greeneryday: It is pretty amazing how simple it is. To me the thought of losing a bunch of weight is not fun. I once gained 15 pounds when I had a hernia...I just cut back and followed my own advice. It came off.

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      greeneryday 

      6 years ago from Some tropical country

      wow what a relieve! I always felt miserable whenever I went on diet program, this is a quite amazing, all you need is just to alter your eating habit and you get to lose weight... already bookmarked this hub, and will share with family and friends, also voted up for useful. Thank you!

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