Dieting tips/tricks

28 Jul

Carry your worst picture around -This may sound crazy to some, but it helps with cheating temptations., and when the temptation arises, take it out and tell yourself it isn’t worth it. Also, tape one to your fridge or pantry.

increase your fiber intake– It has been recommended by many to eat 30 – 40 grams per day, it will help keep you full.

 

Monitor your progress daily—A common reason we break our diets is because we don’t hold ourselves accountable. Come up with a system for tracking your progress daily. Put a chart up on the wall listing what you ate for the day. Accountability is what will keep you motivated and focused.

Don’t starve yourself—Trying to lose weight by starving yourself is one of the worst things you can do. Not only will it make you miserable and unhealthy, but it’s also a scientifically flawed approach. Your body needs to intake calories so that it can burn fat when you exercise.

Reward yourself occasionally (and in moderation)—Whenever you reach the mini-goals you set for yourself, reward yourself…in moderation. If you enjoy ice cream, enjoy a small sized serving of your favorite flavor. Or, you can reward yourself in another way—a shopping spree, a day at the spa, tickets to a sporting event, etc.

Ditch the unhealthy snacks—Snacks are a diet’s worst enemy. If your cupboards are full of unhealthy chips and other snacks, ditch them. Because a time will come where you’re looking for something to munch on, and if unhealthy options are around, you could easily break your diet. Instead, have healthy snacks on hand (fruits, vegetables, etc.). Also, avoid the snack machine at work by bringing healthy snacks with you.

Live a healthy lifestyle along with your diet—Dieting alone usually isn’t enough. You should also start exercising regularly and living an all-around healthy lifestyle. This means trying to break bad habits like smoking that deteriorate your health.

Take a shower or bath – When a food craving strikes, it will relax you, and keep your whole body occupied and out of trouble (i.e., the kitchen) until the craving fades

Brush your teeth, floss, gargle, or chew a stick of gum – immediately after your meal to stop yourself from eating more.

Chew sugarless gum while you prepare meals – It’ll keep you from tasting (eating) that extra serving’s worth.

If you are going to a restaurant, decide ahead of time what you will be eating. Stick to it.

So what do you guys use as tricks or tips to stay on track??

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5 Responses to “Dieting tips/tricks”

  1. couchpotatoathlete July 28, 2010 at 7:56 pm #

    I have to write everything down — food, how much, exercise, how much water, etc. Just the act of writing it down helps me stay on track. I also make it a point to not eat after 7pm — some nights are really hard, but for the most part it is easy. I can have fruits/veggies if I want, but no late night cookie feasts or ice cream.

    I will also go jump in the shower quick to get myself out of the kitchen and by the time I’m out of the shower I will have thought of something else to do to keep my mind occupied.

  2. Katie July 28, 2010 at 8:39 pm #

    Love the tips and I do like to have lots of fiber rich foods daily! Fiber is so good for you!

    I do the sugar free gum trick If Im still feeling snacky after eating a meal, I also like to drink some tea for a trick : )

    I love your egg crepe combo you posted on my blog, sounds delish as ever!!

    I just love how we love the same things, maybe a blogger meetup one day we will hang out, shop, and eat yummy food! lol!

    Have a great day love! xoxoxo

  3. Erica @ Fashion meets Food July 28, 2010 at 9:47 pm #

    Thank you thank you for posting this! I have really been struggling lately and I am hoping this can help. I think I actually have a thyroid problem, but this has been very helpful for a jump start in the right direction. You are absolutely wonderful!

    xo

  4. april July 29, 2010 at 12:39 am #

    Great tips! I do the fiber and water trick as well. Plus, my new favorite thing is Vitamin Water Zero.. I always get a sweet tooth after dinner but like to wait a few hours to eat again, so I drink that and it helps!

  5. melissadishes August 3, 2010 at 6:21 pm #

    I wish the gum trick kept me from snacking when cooking, unfortunately it does not 😦 I gotta quit doing that! I used to not do it and it’s been a problem for a year. I need to nip that in the bud before it becomes a huge issue!

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