- Diet & Weight Loss
Starting a diet
Everyone realizes, at some point, that they have to go on a diet. Sometimes, we want to be able to fit into that perfect dress. Other times, we have medical concerns that force us to change our lifestyles. How to start, however, becomes the question.
What food most often breaks your diet?
Get rid of unwanted foods
The first thing to do, when you start a diet, is to remove everything that is not on your diet from your kitchen. Don't tell yourself that you will save it as a special treat or that it's for the kids. The reality is that if you have it in the house, you will eat it. The first few weeks on a diet are some of the hardest weeks. You are learning a whole new mindset and your body is complaining loudly about the lack of sugars, carbohydrates or fats.
Two options exist on how to remove the unwanted food. The first, and most obvious, option is to simply throw it in the garbage or down the drain. Depending on the resources of your area, this may be your only option. Usually, however, the below option provides a more charitable and eco-friendly resource.
The second option is to give the food to your local food bank or charity. With this option, always check with the food bank as to what foods they will accept. Some food banks receive too much of a particular food, and don't have shelf space to hold anymore. Some food banks will only be able to accept canned and dry goods. Do not use this as an excuse to procrastinate about getting rid of the food. It takes two seconds to pick up a phone and call.
Your pantry shelves will probably look pretty bare after you remove all undesired elements. The next step, therefore, is to go shopping. When shopping for groceries, pay attention to the nutrition facts listed on the packages. Consider the type of diet you are on (low carbohydrate, no carbohydrate, high fat or no fat) and make purchases accordingly. Be kind to yourself, and avoid the junk food aisle. Also, try to find a check-out with no chocolate bars lurking on the shelf. Many a diet has been lost while waiting in line at the grocery store.
Once you are safely home again, then the hard work of actually dieting begins. Make it a habit to weigh yourself each morning and write down your current weight and the date. Doing this enables you to actually see your progress before it makes itself evident in looser fitting jeans. Also, set yourself a reasonable goal, such as loosing 5 pounds in two weeks, with a promised reward upon reaching your goal. No food rewards as that defeats the purpose. Give yourself a treat such as the book that you have really wanted to read or that pretty necklace you've been promising yourself. Finally, if you fall off the diet, don't give up. Just dust yourself off and try again. Talk with your friends because they have been there as well and can provide needed support.
Beyond these few bits of advice, I can only wish you good luck and remember perseverance is key to dieting. Be careful of your health and always talk to your doctor about any diet that you are considering.