Saturday, February 21, 2009
Posted by Meeta K. Wolff
Now that the year is well underway, many people are trying harder than ever to hold firm to their resolutions, many of which include a healthier way of eating. Whether you are looking to shed a few holiday pounds or completely transform your look, there is hope when it comes to dieting. With a few simple guidelines, diets can produce some amazing results. Keep reading for some great practices that will make your diet a successful endeavor.
Learn the Principles of Your Diet
How is your diet plan ultimately going to help you reach your goals? Will you need to count calories or watch carbs? Perhaps you will need to do a little of both. Take some time to learn how the body uses food and what kind of diet will truly suit your weight loss needs. Knowledge is power, so take some time to research the best methods for achieving your desired results.
Find New Recipes
The internet is an amazing resource for food lovers of all walks of life. A simple search will give you access to thousands of great recipes, all of which can be tweaked to meet the needs of your specific diet plan. Learning new recipes is a great way to find new flavors from the comfort of your own home without having to place undue strain on your pocketbook.
Avoid Eating Out
Eating out provides many temptations that could ultimately subvert your dietary goals. Many restaurants claim to have healthier or lighter items, but these items or only healthier or lighter when compared to other menu items. Salads at fast food restaurants, for example, can have as many or more calories than a large burger and fries once the protein and dressings are layered on. When you cook at home you know what you’re getting, plain and simple.
Keep a Food Journal
Keeping a food journal can serve many useful purposes when dieting. First of all, it helps you track what you’ve been eating, as well as what you liked and didn’t like about these items. You can track your portions and the ingredients, even the cost of your meals quickly and easily. Make it an interactive journal by pasting in photos of your meals or even recipes and responses from others who have tried your food. Doing this is a great record of your diet and a resource for the future.
Keep With It
Developing the bad habits that caused you to either want or need to develop took time, so expect your good habits to take a while to develop. Thirty days is the standard amount of time to supposedly change habits, so keep at it. Dieting is not always easy, but can be facilitated by practicing a few of these suggestions.
This post was contributed by guest writer Holly McCarthy, who writes on the subject of nursing school.
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