One reason why diets never work is because we think of it as a short term method to losing weight. But if we really want to lose weight and keep it off it has to become a lifestyle. Another reason is that most diets are too hard to follow for long term. They would often require you to consume too little calories per day or only a specific type of food. As a result diets become no fun. In fact most people associate the word “diet” with pain.
The good news is it doesn’t always have to be like this. Yes. You don’t have to starve yourself to become thin. You can also lose weight by eating more. Now, I don’t necessarily mean more in quantity. What I mean is “more often.” By eating smaller, more frequent meals you get your metabolism going throughout the day. The disadvantage with going through long periods without food is that it puts your body in starvation mode. When this happens instead of burning calories your body attempts to preserve it. This is why even when you starve yourself you’ll end up losing weight really slowly. By eating more often you keep your body burning calories throughout the day.
But what should you eat? Think of your body as a tank that you must fuel up everyday. Now it is your choice whether to fill it up with good food or junk. Most people choose the latter. They eat frequently alright. But they eat the wrong kind of food – fast food, sweets, junk… if you fill your body with these kinds of food then you are definitely going to go fat. So why not eat healthy? Make it a habit to eat fiber rich foods like vegetables and fruits. Of course I am not saying you should swear off chocolates and Cheetoh’s forever. Depriving yourself is never the answer. It is all about portion control. Make sure that you fill up first on the good stuff. When you’ve made it a habit to eat healthy you will find your cravings slowly disappearing.
Is there a schedule you should follow? You should eat every three hours. That is 6 meals a day: breakfast, lunch and dinner plus 2 snacks. Breakfast can consist of oatmeal and a banana. For lunch, you can have salad plus a slice of steamed tuna in garlic sauce. For dinner you can have chicken breast and mixed vegetables. Snacks can be nuts or any piece of fruit.
Again, losing weight is about having the right mindset and having a healthy lifestyle. With small, frequent and healthy meals plus daily exercise you will find yourself dropping off pounds in no time.
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