Make Healthy Diet Plans and Kick New Years Resolutions to the Curb!
Do you make healthy diet plans every year, vowing to get rid of extra baggage? If you do, you're in good company!
It's estimated that one third of all Americans will make the same resolution.
That's the thing about words. They are useless unless you take action to ensure that your words actually mean something. Actions by far, speak louder than words my friend!
Most people that start on a diet fail for one reason. They over-commit to the changes they initially make. When they can’t keep the commitments, they give up. Making small commitments over time is much more attainable than making diet resolutions that don’t last.
Instead of resolving to suddenly change things, why not consider making healthy diet plans all year instead?
Guide to Healthy Diet Plans
Did you know that your stomach is relatively the size of your fist? Therefore, it only takes just a handful of food to fill it comfortably.
Serve yourself less and you’ll eat less.
In order to make healthy diet plans, you must be able to realize when you're hungry and when you're not. A growling stomach is a sure-fire physical sign that you're actually famished. Craving a chocolate bar without the signs is not.
Hunger is your body's way of telling you that you're depleted and need fuel. When you're finished eating, you should not feel stuffed or bloated.
When a craving doesn't come from hunger, eating will never satisfy it.
Make sure you always have healthy alternatives available if you always find yourself at the vending machine mid day.
Are you shopping at the right store? Some grocery stores have healthier selections than others do. Even if their foods are a bit pricier, you won't need as much quantity to fill up on them. Check your area for stores that offer non-GMO products or local stores that support local farmers.
Make a grocery list each week and check it twice or even thrice! Running out to the store to get things you forgot is always a bad idea because it allows you another opportunity to give into temptations. Make sure your lists include plenty of the types of foods that contribute to healthy diet plans.
To be healthy, your diet should look like a rainbow of colors with a complement of brown.
Trying to fit a meal in when you don't have the time, isn't very smart. You have to make time to eat and you must be prepared for whatever time you're allowed. The law requires that all jobs give employees ample time to grab something to eat.
If you tend to get carried away on food at social events, plan non-food events with your friends instead of eating out at a new restaurant.
List the eating and exercise habits you'd like to change, then select one (and only one) to work on. Don't try to change a second habit until you've successfully changed the first one. Making healthy diet plans one step at a time is much simpler.
Practice low-calorie evening relaxation traditions instead of after work high-calorie cocktails.
Here are a couple of ways to stop food cravings:
- Get out all the clothes in your closet that you want to fit into this new year and hang some of them up in plain view. Seeing your goals face to face everyday will help keep you on track of your goals.
- Stop eating long before you're gut is brimming with food. The time to stop eating is when you reach '5' on a hunger scale of 1 - 10, where 1 is famished and 10 is totally stuffed. Pushing your plate away at a 5 is a natural way to control portions without measuring them, and it helps you cue into your body's needs.
- Did you know that you're less likely to overeat fruits and vegetables because they displace fat in the body? That's why it makes perfect sense to eat more of them, not to mention the health benefits. More than 200 studies have documented the disease-preventing qualities of phytochemicals found in produce.
Tips that Help You Stick to Healthy Diet Plans
Watch every morsel you put in your mouth on weekends. A University of North Carolina study found that most people consume an extra 115 calories per weekend day, primarily from alcohol and fat.
Switch from lower fat products to high fat products. Why? To be absorbed, nutrients rely on fats. Without fat in the diet, your body will always crave more food!
Shut down the kitchen after each meal. Wipe down counters, finish dishes, and turn off kitchen lights. This will help you curb seeking out more to eat, especially late at night, which can save 300 or more calories a day, or 31 pounds a year.
Make a commitment to weigh yourself less and be mindful about your weight, more.
Eat foods on a plate, not out of a bag or container.
Read something health-related at least once a week.
Watch one hour less of television each day.
Add bench pressing to your fitness routine at least one day a week.
Make Healthy Diet Plans Stick!
Set the bar low and work UP from that point!
Every once in a while it’s good to give your body a break or a resting period from eating. In the Bible, Jesus called this ‘fasting’ and it's not such a bad idea every now and then!
To reinforce your success, build in a reward system, then make a commitment to the reward system you build. Celebrate your success with new shoes, a trip to see an old friend, or do whatever feels special to you.
If you're a recovering drinker, you wouldn't spend your free time at a bar. The same holds true for people who are trying to kick start weight loss. Spend more time with people who support and encourage you to hold true to your healthy diet plans.
Avoid buffets, or 'all you can eat' restaurants.
If you tend to overeat when you eat out, order a kids meal.
Buy yourself and your friend a pedometer and work together to meet 10,000 steps a day.
You should always choose diet plans or programs that you can fit into your routine. Healthy diet plans are always a rock solid choice. You don't have to give up a lot to lose weight and get back to a better healthy you!
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