How to Diet More Effectively
If you are like millions of Americans, you are either already on a diet, have been on at least 5 diets, or are currently considering going on a diet in the near future
99% of all diets fail.
But yours doesn’t have too!
Recognise that it is pretty much a given that at some point in your diet, you will reach a plateau.
This is where your metabolism has come to terms with your diet and your body stubbornly refuses for awhile to loose another pound. This is called a plateau and it will pass if you give it enough time and not give up on your diet.
Common diet advice says to stay away from those high fat foods we love. Doing this only increases those cravings, making us feel miserable. Then we finally succumb to those cravings. Then we eat far too much of the forbidden food, only to find that we now feel dissatisfied and guilty. It those guilty and helpless feelings that cause most diets to fail!
If you allow yourself to have occasional small controlled indulgences you have greater success because you feel more confident and in control of your unique dieting experience.
Realize that you do not really need to restrict fats of all types.Instead you should focus on healthy fats. This may surprise you but 25% of your diet must be fats!
Fat is an essential nutrient which carries fat soluble vitamins and essential nutrients that are necessary for life.
Good fats contain omega 3 and are found in foods such as salmon. Flax seed and walnut have been shown to reduce your risk for heart attack and stroke, and has been implicated in reducing your risk of depression and dementia
Mono unsaturated fats such as those found in olive oil. Almonds and avocados just to name a few have been shown to have numerous health benefits and have several positive effects on the cardiovascular system
You should cut back on salt intake, but do not try to eliminate it altogether!
It is common knowledge that there are health risks associated with high salt intake.
But you should not strive to eliminate Salt from your diet.
This is still an essential nutrient.
We actually need a half teaspoon of salt daily to support essential body function.
In a recent study, those who attempted to adhere strictly to the minimum requirement for salt intake were 80% more likely to die from cardiovascular disease!
However as Americans, we typically receive more than twice that minimum requirement. Moe than 80% of this hidden salt actually comes from processed foods alone!
Don’t skip the pasta just eat it more wisely.
Yes, pasta can still be part of a healthy diet. Pasta is actually better for stabilizing your blood sugar than potatoes. But you must cook any pasta al detente, this lowers the pasta’s glycemic index, making it healthier for your diet than fully cooked pasta.
- It is ok to occasionally indulge your cravings, but do so before they get out of control.
- Portion control is far more important than what you really eat.
- When you go grocery shopping and pass that goodie isle, go ahead and put that item you want in your cart but place it back in the isle later on while you are shopping, this way you get the satisfaction of putting it in the cart.
- Never go grocery shopping when you are hungry
- use a shopping list when you go grocery shopping
- make a meal plan and try to adhere to the plan