Drink plenty of water or other calorie-free beverages. People sometimes confuse thirst with hunger. So you can end up eating extra calories when an ice-cold glass of water is really what you need.
If you don’t like plain water, try adding citrus or a splash of juice. (It’s what I do)
Diet tip 2
Think about what you can add to your diet, not what you should take away.Start by focusing on getting the recommended 5-9 servings of fruits and vegetables each day.
It sounds like a lot, but it is well worth it, because at the same time you are meeting your fiber goals and feeling more satisfied from the volume of food.
And that’s not to mention the health benefits of fruits and vegetables.
Diet tip 3
Consider whether or not you’re starving.
Whenever you feel like eating, look for physical signs of hunger.
Hunger is your body’s way of telling you that you need fuel, so when a craving doesn’t come from hunger, eating will never satisfy it. Your stomach is only the size of your fist, so it takes just a handful of food to fill it comfortably.
Keeping your portions reasonable will help you get more in touch with your feelings of hunger and fullness.
Diet tip 4
Be choosy about nighttime snacks. Mindless eating occurs most frequently after dinner, when you finally sit down and relax. Sitting down with a bag of chips or cookies in front of the television is an example of eating amnesia, where you mindlessly eat without being hungry, but out of habit.
Either close down the kitchen after a certain hour, or allow yourself a low-calorie snack, like a 100-calorie pack of cookies or a half-cup scoop of low-fat ice cream. Once you find that you’re usually satisfied with the low-cal snack, try a cup of zero-calorie tea.
Diet tip 5
Eat several mini-meals during the day. If you eat fewer calories than you burn, you will lose weight.
But when you’re hungry all the time, eating fewer calories can be challenging. Studies show people who eat 4-5 meals or snacks per day are better able to control their appetite and weight.
It is recommend to divide your daily calories into smaller meals or snacks and enjoying as many of them as you can early in the day, dinner should be the last time you eat.
Diet tip 6
Eat protein at every meal. Protein is more satisfying than carbohydrates or fats, and thus may be the new secret weapon in weight control.
Diets higher in protein and moderate in carbs, along with a lifestyle of regular exercise, have an excellent potential to help weight loss.
Getting enough protein helps preserve muscle mass and encourages fat burning while keeping you feeling full. So be sure to include healthy protein sources, like yogurt, cheese, nuts, or beans, at meals and snacks.
Diet tip 7
Stock your kitchen with healthy convenience foods.
Having ready-to-eat snacks and meals-in-minutes staples on hand sets you up for success. You’ll be less likely to hit the drive-through or call in a pizza order if you can make a healthy meal in 5 or 10 minutes.
Stock your kitchen with:94% fat-free microwave popcorn (20-25 calories per cup, and you can make it in two minutes or less)
Bags of pre-washed greens
Canned diced tomatoes
Whole-grain wraps or pitas
Pre-cooked grilled chicken breasts
A few containers of pre-cooked brown rice
Within minutes, you can toss together a healthy medley.
If you don’t love certain fruits or vegetables, it could be because you ate them out of season when they have little taste or flavor. When you eat seasonally, fruits and vegetables are more flavorful, at their best, and I promise you won’t be disappointed.
Try simple fruit desserts, like naturally sweet strawberries topped with aged balsamic vinegar, or low-fat yogurt or fresh berries in a compote.
Diet tip 9
Use non-food alternatives to cope with stress.
Sooner or later, you’re going to be faced with a stressful situation. Instead of turning to food for comfort, be prepared with some non-food tactics that work for you.
Try reading a few chapters in a novel, listening to music, writing in a journal, practicing meditative deep breathing, or looking at a photo album of loved ones.
Diet tip 10
Be physically active.
Although it may seem counterintuitive, don’t use exercise either to punish yourself for eating or to “earn” the right to eat more.
When you do, it sets up a negative thought pattern, which is why so many people say they **** to exercise.
Instead, focus on how great you feel, how much better you sleep and how much more energy you have when you exercise.
Physical activity is good for you whether you are trying to lose weight or not, so keep it positive and build a lifelong habit.