Things to Remember While Dieting

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If you have read any of my past articles you will realize that I am not a big fan of diets. Most of the time people only diet until they reach their desired weight and it ends there. Or they fail in the first couple of months trying. I am always going to encourage people to make healthy eating a lifestyle. However, if you are going to diet here are few important things to remember.

1. Put good calories into your body. Since you most likely be restricting calories on your diet be diligent in what you consume. Take into account what you eat. Not all calories are good calories. Be sure to make your calories count by putting nutritious food into your body. You may be on a 2500 calorie diet but if you eat one fast food meal you will use up most or all of your calories. Research nutritious foods that will give you energy and nourishment.

2. Be patient! It is not about the end goal but more about the process. Take time to learn a little bit about nutrition while you are dieting. Listen to podcasts, watch YouTube videos, read, and ask questions. It does not have to be a lot but invest 10 minutes a day to learning something about nutrition.

3. Commit to an exercise plan and set some goals. This will make the process a lot easier. Just trying to diet by eating right and not exercising is only going to take you so far.

4. Allow yourself to have a cheat meal once in a while. Before you take that cheat meal make sure you have given some time to build consistency in your diet plan. You do not need a cheat meal after one week. Give yourself a few weeks before you take that cheat meal. Just my preference if I am going take a cheat meal I get a hard workout before. Make yourself earn that meal. That is just my preference.

5. Remember low calories or low fat does not always mean healthy. Be aware of foods that have high sugar. A great documentary on Netflix called fed up goes in depth on this issue. Not only does sugar turn into fat but it also can lead to diabetes. A lot of foods might be labeled as fat free but the sugar content can be even more damaging.

6. Be consistent in your diet! Especially early on you will need to give your mind and body time to adjust. It can take anywhere from 3-6 weeks to build a new habit. Sometimes longer depending on the individual. Usually once you push past that 3 week mark it will become habit and get a little easier. Diets are not always fun because they require denying ourselves of foods we want and crave. They make us do things were not used to doing but they can be beneficial to our health. Take a little bit of time in the process to educate yourself about nutrition. Hopefully that leads to healthier eating habits for the long term.