Ten Diet Secrets
1. Only Eat One-Half of Portions Served at Restaurants
Portion control has become a serious problem among Americans. In fact, research has shown that portion sizes in the United States have significantly increased in recent decades. Meals at most restaurants are enough for at least two people; others carry more calories than the FDA recommends for a single person in one day. Our best advice for those interested in losing weight: monitor portion sizes closely.
2. Don't Eat Fried Food
Fried food is caloric-sabotage for any dieter. After covering crisp vegetables in a breaded coating and soaking them in saturated oil, we have... crisp vegetables! Add a generous helping of ranch, garlic-butter, or bleu cheese to this recipe, and you have likely tripled the calorie count of healthier appetizer alternatives.
3. Don't Give In Twice Just Because You Gave In Once
It's one of the most common mistakes among dieters: they suffer one relapse and turn it into two, three... or more. But just because you had dessert with lunch doesn't mean you should give into total temptation. Going off-course with your eating habits is something that will happen at some point. The secret is to immediately revert back to your diet.
4. Make Smart Substitutions
For those seeking to lose just five to ten pounds, making smart substitutions may be the diet secret you need. Almost everyone knows margarine contains fewer calories than butter. But the real trick is to determine what your dieting "weaknesses" include. Do you love salty chips with dips? Find low-calorie alternatives such as pretzels or yogurt-based dips. Love candy? Try Red Vines or Twizzlers.
5. Always Order Small
Portion sizes are an incredibly important factor for any dieter to consider. That is why it is always a good idea to order the smallest size available when ordering from fast-food joints or sit-down restaurants. While you don't always get the most "bang" for your buck, it can help you avoid weight gain.
6. Trick Your Stomach into Thinking It's Full
Do you have trouble making it through the work day due to hunger pains? Trick your stomach into thinking it is full before you have a chance to experience serious cravings. There are plenty of low-calorie snacks available to help you curb your hunger; it's up to you to find something that can help you stay away from foods that are high in fat and calories.
7. Limit Condiments
As a general rule, dieters may want to consider reducing their intake of condiments. Many condiments, including butter, mayonnaise, olive oil, and salad dressings, are extremely high in calories. Others, such as mustard and balsamic vinegar have fewer calories, and can be excellent low-calorie substitutions. It is important for dieters to be aware of the caloric values of condiments; they can substantially increase total calorie counts.
8. Drink Water
The importance of proper hydration cannot be stressed enough. Unfortunately, despite its availability, most Americans do not drink enough water each day. Drinking at least eight cups of water per day not only helps you feel more full, but it also improves the appearance of skin, promotes elimination of toxins, and increases energy.
9. Plan Ahead
Planning ahead allows you to prepare delicious, healthy meals that you can take with you to work or serve to your entire family at dinner. Not only is it a way for you to tailor your meals to your daily caloric goals and food preferences, but it also tends to be an inexpensive alternative to other weight loss meal programs.
10. Educate Yourself
By educate yourself about proper portion sizes, behavioral changes that can help you lose weight, and the calorie counts of foods, condiments, and drinks, you drastically improve your chances of meeting your weight loss goals. Don't be afraid to reach out to the online community for dieting guidance and support groups. Any resource that helps you in your attempts to lose weight is a good resource.
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