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Diet Tips to Help Lose Weight

Updated on February 23, 2014

Keep a Journal

Start by keeping a food or diet journal. By recording certain elements, and keeping track of your emotional well being, you will be able to detect whether the diet is good or affects our mental image.

Dieting can create your emotions to swing from happy to sad and so forth; therefore, by recording your mood you will begin to take control of your emotional well-being.

Every day, enter your inner feelings, did you wake up grumpy or excited? Write down your feelings, this is the beginning to record your emotions.

During the day, record the urges to snack, to quit and your inclination to give it all up. Most importantly at the end of each day, write down how well you did, or how you failed. Notice the difference in your emotional state when you record the facts.

Good advice

There are diet plans that can last a lifetime, especially for people who start a diet, then quit, and start up again. This becomes a part of their lifestyle, their weight keeps fluctuating, and they never seem to be content.

Your first goal, before starting a diet should be on deciding how much weight you want to lose. To suggest that you want to lose 50 pounds is probably not a suitable starting point. After two, weeks, you will appear disheartened and give up. So start with a reasonable goal, say five pounds now that is easy to reach and keep the pounds off for good. If you want to lose more weight, start with a reachable goal, this will eventually give you more confidence to start another diet and lose more weight.

Start the day by saying "I am on a diet for today only", your mind will accept and your subconscious mind will understand the argument of know one day at a time. It is easier for your mind to understand one day than a month.

Remember you are dieting for yourself, not to please anybody and ultimately if you do cheat, you only hurt yourself not anybody around you. Your diet is for you, not for anybody else, and you are the only person that can either improve or not.

Record the food you eat daily, and the snacks you consume, this will give you guidance to your fluctuating emotional state. There will be days when you feel depressed, and days you feel confident. By monitoring your intake of food, you will soon discover which gives you a better understanding of your moods.

Temptation

We all know what it feels like when you enter a store and see that freshly baked pie, the smell and presentation is tempting. Go ahead and enjoy the look and the smell, but remember that is where it stops. Remind yourself "you are on a diet for today only" quickly your mind will help your urge to disappear.

Walk over to the fresh food section and take note of the value and nutrients you have at your disposal. Look at the beautiful colors of the seasonal vegetables and fruit; imagine how delicious the sweet orange mixed with other fruits will taste. Get lost in your imagination of yummy food and you will soon realize that you are an over comer.

Nutritional healthy food, can be fun to make and it does not always have to look bland, colorless and distasteful. Today, we have access to some of the best fruit and vegetables in the world, crispy, crunchy and delicious to experiment with. Fuse the different colors and tastes to produce not only a scrumptious meal but a healthy one to.

Dealing with the urge to snack

If you get a sudden urge to snack and if possible take a brisk walk, this will assuage the hunger pangs. A hunger pang only last for about a minute. Another way to deal with this is to brush your teeth, that good cleaning feeling takes away cravings instantly.

While dieting it is acceptable practice to stay active, either join a health club or exercise at home. The exercise helps to deal with snacking urges and has the added benefit of helping to tone muscles while your body rids itself of fat.

There is no need to do hard exercises, a simple daily routine will not only improve your body, exercising will give you more confidence and build up your self esteem.

Walking is guaranteed to lift the spirit and clear the mind and at the same time, give you a renewed sense of accomplishment.

Why is water beneficial

Water is a definite must while on a diet. There are benefits from increasing your usual amount of water while dieting. Firstly, substitute water with every desire you feel to snack. This trick will not only keep you from snacking, it will help to detoxify your body and give you a renewed sense of satisfaction.

Drinking at least eight glasses of water a day should be your target. Water acts as a diuretic and is known to cut down on water retention.

A few more fabulous ideas

  • Choose a diet that will allow you to eat three balanced meals a day.
  • Try to avoid sugar and if you do have the need for something sweet, eat an orange, remember sweet foods tend to make you crave more.
  • If you want to snack in-between meals, then eat sticks of carrots or celery.
  • Do not eat when you are angry.
  • Try to diet with a friend and give each other support.
  • If dieting alone, tell your family and friends you need help not criticism
  • Make sure you get enough sleep each night.
  • Do not use food as a reward from some nifty deed you did. Find another reward system.
  • Keep a glass of water by your bed each night; this will pacify the hunger pangs.
  • Do not shop when you are hungry.
  • Avoid alcohol it does not help diets.
  • When eating, chew your food, savor the delectable different tastes and enjoy. This is not only beneficial for your health; it helps your body absorb the food easily.
  • Eat your three balanced meals a day.

Finally

Do not weigh yourself every day, do this weekly and do not become discouraged if you see no improvement in the beginning, your body is undergoing radical change, and if you persevere you will see the difference, not only in your body but in your mind as well.

Prepare your dietary meals with dignity and organize your food in an appetizing way. Make your meal look inviting and give yourself a pat on the back for being a master chef with the natural unique display. You will pay more attention to the delicious gourmet plate of food and eat with a happy emotion. People tend to eat their food and not pay attention to the delightful display of colors, designs, and splendor upon their plate.

Happy dieting and remember, you are the winner in the end.

Dieting can be fun and exciting, there is not only the benefit of losing weight, there is the added benefit of staying healthy.

Be happy with who you are, and then your emotional state will radiate confidence and your self esteem will rise.

You are the only one that can change your outlook on life. You must make the decision and conform, there is nobody that can do it for you. Remember, diet one day at a time, and soon you will diet without realizing your are!

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      Kevin W 3 years ago from Texas

      This is an interesting hub Doradee with some good tips, however any diet is just temporary. Without the assistance of some type of exercise/weight training routine to change the composition (muscle to fat ratio) of the body, when eating habits return to normal, the weight will return with them. Losing weight is a process & lifestyle change.

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