A diet is simply a temporary solution to a permanent problem. Get the idea of dieting out of your head once and for all. Even if you do lose weight on some new fangled diet you’re more than likely to gain it back once you go off the diet.
What you need is to introduce a handful of new habits into your daily routine. Simple habits that you can live with, that will be become part of your lifestyle, a lifestyle that will allow you to become the healthy you that you have always wanted to be.
Stop Drinking Your Calories
Most of us are drinking way too many calories. A suggested eight ounce serving of soda has eighty calories. When’s the last time you poured yourself an eight ounce beverage. And just how many of those do you think the average person is drinking a day?
Eat A Breakfast Every Day That Includes Carbohydrates, Protein, And Fats
Don’t skip breakfast even if you’re not hungry. By making breakfast part of your daily routine you’ll help to keep your blood sugar levels from having wild swings throughout the day. When you blood sugar level gets low we tend to gorge on empty calories.
No More Snacking After Dinner
This is a tough one for many people, me included. Sometimes I find myself desperate for sweets late at night while sitting on the couch. Don’t pick up the fun size Snickers bars or the bag of Doritos.
Instead, have a glass of ice water or hot tea. Go brush your teeth to help discourage late night snacking. The craving will pass, I promise. Resisting cravings gets easier the more you do it and eventually they will nearly disappear all together.
By all means, have a small dessert after dinner. But when dessert is over the kitchen is closed for the night!
Practice Portion Control
Most of us are eating portions that are way bigger than we should. I’m not asking you to eat a steak that is the size of a deck of cards. That’s ridiculous! Just eat portions that are smaller than your current ones. Even portions that are just a little bit smaller will make a huge difference in the long run.
But please don’t try to starve yourself skinny. You’re just setting yourself up for failure that way.
Go For An After Dinner Walk
Don’t want to walk after dinner? That’s fine. Anytime is a good time for a walk. Just get out there and be active in some way or another. A sedentary lifestyle not only makes you pack on pounds but makes you feel awful as well. By getting just a little bit of exercise every day you’ll start to lose weight and you’ll be pleasantly surprised by how quickly you’ll start to feel great.
This article was written by Scott Jenkins. Scott has made several lifestyle changes over the last five years that have helped him to steadily lose fat while gaining muscle. In his spare time he runs a quartz countertops website that teaches about their benefits and he helps guide his readers through quartz countertops prices.