I don’t know many overweight or obese people who are happy with their physical condition, but I do know plenty of people who are seemingly content to put off their decision to start losing weight to another day.
Unfortunately for people like this, another day never comes, either because they simply choose to ignore their problem or because their weight problem is a primary factor that helps to kill them off early.
You are reading this, so I take that as a sign that you do not want to be overweight or obese forever.
So let's get right into the 5 secrets to dieting success.
Dieting Secret 1. DRINK 6-10 GLASSES OF WATER EACH DAY
Okay, right off the bat, for many people this is a big problem. Water doesn’t taste all that great generally because water doesn’t really taste like anything.
Drinking a cup of water 6 to 10 times each day gets easier the more you actually do it.
It is simply a matter of conditioning your taste buds, and yourself so that it becomes easier to do. Once you start this habit, you will begin to crave water.
To start with, First thing in the morning before you eat you should drink a glass of water, this will get the metabolism jump started.
This is probably the easiest glass you will drink all day and it will help you remember to drink water all day long. Better yet, why not drink two glasses?
So why do experts suggest that we drink lots of water and why is it considered so essential to a healthy life?
Well first off it helps to avoid dehydration and it keeps the kidneys functioning well by assisting in the elimination of waste products plus it helps to increase your metabolism which helps you to lose weight.
But aside from listening to what experts tell you, you should make it a priority to listen to your body first and foremost. When you are thirsty, then naturally you will drink water to replenish yourself.
Depending on the kind of work that you do, you should try to get into the habit of drinking water regularly or even better, keeping a water bottle handy, especially on really hot days since the heat causes you to sweat and your body loses water and thus you will need to replenish yourself.
This is why water is so important in our lives and success tip number 1. Not only is it zero calories, but it is also basically the best source for quenching your thirst AND the healthiest.
You may consider adding water to all of your meals over time and doing away with fruit drinks and sodas ultimately as it will help reduce your caloric intake and you'll also feel much better without the added sugar that comes with the other drinks.
Dieting Secret 2. MUST EAT BREAKFAST
Do not skip breakfast, for breakfast is the cornerstone to any success in an eating nutritiously. It is the foundation for a successful diet.
If you need to go to bed a little earlier so that you can get up 20 minutes earlier each morning do it! Breakfast is so important to your good health and to weight control.
According to Dr. Barbara Rolls a professor of nutrition at Penn State University, "Your metabolism slows while you sleep, and it doesn't rev back up until you eat again."
Eating breakfast is not only good for overall weight loss, but it will also help you stay on track with your diet for the rest of the day. You are more likely to binge on something sweet and in the bread group if you skip breakfast.
A top tip for making sure you never skip breakfast is to always keep a couple of hard-boiled eggs in the fridge or some high-fibre, low starch fruit around as a substitute. If you plan to eat fruit at all during the day, breakfast is the perfect time to do it.
Dieting Secret 3. EAT A MINIMUM OF 3 MEALS AND 2 SNACKS EACH DAY
This can be one of the most difficult adjustments to make. After all, you are busy! You already have a full plate.
When do you have time to worry about filling your plate with more frequent meals?
Ah! But this one of the top secrets to dieting success. The reality is, eating smaller portioned meals and more frequently throughout the day is another cornerstone of a successful diet.
Just like eating breakfast will increase your metabolism, so will eating more often. This will also help you curb your bad-carbohydrate intake by making sure that your snacks are planned and occur regularly throughout the day.
Really, it will just take a minimal investment of planning time at the grocery store and at home each morning before you head out for the day to make some healthy food choices and prepare a few healthy snacks and meals. For suggestions, just see the handy list of snacks and appetizers listed later.
Dieting Secret 4. MUST EAT YOUR VEGGIES
It is so easy to use a low-carb diet as an excuse for poor nutrition. Resist this temptation.
If the only vegetable you have eaten in the last 5 years has been the potato, now is a perfect time to begin experimenting with other vegetables.
This is important for your overall health and to avoid some nasty side effects of not getting enough fibre in your diet.
If you do a thorough search of vegetables, It's guaranteed that you will find vegetables that you enjoy eating.
Experiment with grilling veggies and cooking with real butter to add flavour. You can also search for new recipes on the Internet or in cookbooks.
Remember, if you are only eating 40 grams of carb a day or less, two cups of plain salad greens contain only about 5 grams of carbohydrate. You have no excuse not to eat your veggies.
Dieting Secret 5. EAT YOUR LARGER MEALS EARLY IN THE DAY AND SMALLER MEALS LATER
You will feel better and lose weight quicker if you eat a large breakfast and eat a smaller dinner.
Also as you have been asleep for hours your body has been fasting and earlier in the day is the best time to refuel and provide your body with the energy that is needed.
You may also want to eat the majority of your carbs earlier in the day, saving a salad and lean meat protein for dinner.
Eating larger meals during the part of the day when you are most active will help you to feel satisfied throughout the day and curb cravings for unhealthy snacks.
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