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Tips For Sticking To Your Diet

Updated on February 24, 2013
Weight Loss Sign
Weight Loss Sign | Source

Weight Loss Plans

There are many wonderful diet programs on the market to help all of us who want to feel better and look better.

Some weight loss plans involve restricting carbohydrates, some have meal replacement shakes or bars and some will provide all the meals you need. All of these plans offer different ways to reach the same goal, less calories.

When we take in less calories than we burn, we lose weight.

Most weight loss programs will work as intended if the plan is followed. Unfortunately, they are frequently hard stick to for more than a week or so.

Tips for sticking to your diet

Green Tea
Green Tea | Source

Drink Tea

Commit to 2 cups of green tea or Oolong tea per day. Both teas have many health benefits including a boost to your metabolism. Oolong tea has also proven to decrease the absorption of calories.

Use Mouthwash

Rinse with mouthwash after eating your intended meal portion.

The minty fresh taste will curb your craving for another helping and nothing really tastes good for about 30 minutes anyway.

As a bonus, your teeth, gums and breath will thank you.

Pistachios, walnuts, almonds and pumpkin seeds
Pistachios, walnuts, almonds and pumpkin seeds | Source
Hard Boiled Eggs
Hard Boiled Eggs | Source

Prepare for Snack Cravings

Having good snack foods available is crucial for any diet or healthy living program. Daily meals may be all planned out for you but when a snack craving hits, it is hard for even the most dedicated dieter to stick to the program.

People eat snack for many different reasons that go beyond hunger such as fulfilling an oral fixation or habitual snacking. These snacks can easily become the diet killers .

A few good snacks to have on hand are:

  • Grapes
  • Mini oranges
  • Frozen blueberries
  • Watermelon
  • Natural almonds
  • Pistachios
  • Brazil Nuts
  • Walnuts Baked crackers
  • Natural or light butter Mini popcorn bags
  • Snap peas
  • Baby carrots
  • Low fat string cheese
  • Hardboiled egg

Some snack choices are better than others depending on the weight loss program that you are on. When you’re counting carbohydrates instead of calories, your snacks should accommodate that.

It’s important to remember to portion out your snacks the same way you do your meals. It may help if you put the intended amount of food into a bowl and put the bag or box away.

Coffee with Flavored Creamer
Coffee with Flavored Creamer | Source

Coffee's Count

Unfortunately, we often overlook the liquid calories we take in everyday when we are trying to slim down. Black coffee has 0 calories which is great!

Those delicious coffee drinks made at the espresso stands are a different story however. The calories in one coffee can equal a whole meal or more.

If just the thought of giving up your delicious coffee is enough to make your blood pressure rise, there may be a way you don’t have to.

Sometimes all it takes is a little compromise. I will admit there is no substitute for a triple caramel macchiato with a whipped cream topping made by your favorite barista but, they do make some delicious non-dairy coffee creamers for use right at home.

These flavored creamers are not calorie free but they can easily be added into your daily intake without ruining your whole day’s effort.

Stay Hydrated

Thirst will often disguise itself as hunger. If your body doesn’t get enough liquid it will first signal thirst and if that doesn’t work, it will signal hunger in an attempt to get what it needs.

Water will not fill you up if you are genuinely in need of food but often you will end up feeling satisfied because thirst was the problem.

Reduce the Juice

Juice has a lot of sugar and calories that people don’t count on.

If you love having your morning orange juice, have it. Just limit to one cup per day.

Chia Seeds
Chia Seeds | Source

Add Chia Seeds

Chia seeds are extremely helpful when it comes to getting healthy and losing weight.

When these seeds mix with liquid they expand to 9 times their original size. That will help you feel full longer with less food.

They also have many nutrients including high levels of antioxidants, omega 3, protein and many more. Chia seeds are tasteless and do not require grinding or refrigeration.

They can be added to salads, meats, smoothies, vegetables or any other foods.

Chew Gum

Chewing gum helps the weight loss struggle in two ways.

The flavor will help cut cravings and it will satisfy the oral fixation factor of snacking.

If you aren’t actually hungry, a stick of gum will temporarily do the trick.

Stay on Schedule

Eating meals on a regular schedule can be enormously beneficial for your body and any weight loss goals.

Our bodies adapt to a routine rather quickly and if it can depend on getting fuel in regular intervals it will perform better and burn calories quicker.

When we eat erratically, it confuses our bodies. Our metabolism will slow down and we will have less energy. Our bodies will try to conserve nutrients and fat because it isn't sure exactly when it will be fed again.

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      Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Roxanne....a BIG thank you for this hub of helpful tips. I can always use more and more advice and suggestions...especially about STICKING TO a diet!! I'm a white-flag-waver from way back and I get so frustrated with my own damned self!!! LOL! I appreciate you! UP+++

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      Roxanne Lewis 4 years ago from Washington

      Thank you so much fpherj48! You are definitely not alone! Trying to lose weight and get healthy are life long struggles for MOST of us. The guilt and shame and frustration seems to be a never ending rollercoaster that we get on time and time again. It is possible to take charge of our bodies but it isn't easy, we need to support eachother. :)

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      CarNoobz 4 years ago from USA

      I just started trading in my daily coffee for daily herbal tea, and I love it! The only problem is that I also discovered how good it is with sweetened cream....mmm...

      Now it's just as many calories as my coffee lol

      Voted up and useful

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      Roxanne Lewis 4 years ago from Washington

      CarNoobz, at least you are getting the health benefits from the tea! Always find the bright side :)

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