When you want to diet to lose weight, setting up a good foundation for yourself can make sure that you get off on the right foot and give yourself the best chance to reach your goal and then keep the weight off once it’s gone. This will involve some advance planning for both your diet and eating as well as for your exercising.
The key is to set things up in a number of small steps that you will be able to manage, instead of thinking that you will be able to overhaul your life and then still be able to stick to it. For example, tell yourself that you will be adding a salad to one meal every day so that you can eat less of the higher calorie parts of that meal. That is a good method for keeping things achievable and manageable instead of trying to make a large drastic change to your life. Every time you build one small change into a habit, simply add the next one.
The following are some great ways to make sure that you’re setting up a successful healthy diet for yourself:
• Increase the number of meals that you prepare for yourself – the more you cook your meals at home, the greater the control you have over what you are eating. You’ll know exactly how much of any given food you have eaten and you can take much greater hold on the fats, sugars, and salt that you’re eating.
• Do things right – instead of just guessing at what you should be doing as you make healthy changes, inform yourself. Read about healthy foods. Find reputable websites and read an article each day about positive healthful changes that can be made and then start to select the ones that will be appropriate for you to add to your own life over time.
• Keep things simple – don’t think that you’ll suddenly turn into a healthy foods superhero. Instead, know your own weaknesses. If you don’t like to cook, then prepare very large batches when you do cook. That way, you can have your lunch already made for the next day and you can freeze extra portions for future dinners and lunches.
• Read labels – you’ll be surprised at how much you don’t actually know about your food when you start to read labels. Suddenly, you’ll discover that something you’d thought was unhealthy is actually not that bad, and something that you’d believed was great for you is actually loaded with sugar or salt.