Top 5 Ways to Make Your Diet a Success
Losing weight is a dilemma for most people. Most often, you may find yourself going on a crash diet and rigorous exercise regime and giving up due to early disappointments. Going on and off a diet not only doesn’t help in weight loss but it also discourages one from taking weight loss seriously. You do not have to be one of them.
Firstly, it is important for you to design a diet plan which includes a mix of food with good nutritional value plus small servings of your favorite foods. If you are not sure about the diet plan then do take expert advice. Next step includes sticking to your diet for successful weight loss. Here are some tips which will help you in successfully following your diet plan and transforming into a new thinner you.
1. Maintain a food diary
While losing weight, keeping track of what you eat is an effective technique. Many researches from all over the world have concluded that maintaining a diary is the first step towards successful weight loss. Keeping a diary will keep you updated with the progress you are making in your weight loss diet. Keep this diary handy and keep noting down your food intake from breakfast till dinner. You should also note down the physical activity you did during the day as well as your hunger levels during different hours throughout the day. This will help you identify your high as well as your low points.
Take for example, if you took an extra serving during dinner time while watching television for several consecutive days, then you just might consider switching off the television during meals. Such eating patterns exist in our life without us being aware of them. Maintaining a food diary will intimate you with unhealthy eating patterns which you might have been following for a very long time without being aware of them.
Initially maintaining a diary will seem like a daunting task, however, in a week’s time you will get used to it. The diary will help identify your diet and hunger pattern and pin point the flaw in it. No harm in carrying a small diary around.
2. Reward Yourself
Little or lot of weight to lose, rewarding your efforts goes a long way. Do reward your efforts whenever you meet your smaller goal. It does take lot of efforts to stick to a healthy diet after all those long years of living off junk food. Losing weight is a challenge, but it need not be a punishment. Rewarding yourself is like patting your own back for achieving what you thought was unachievable.
The rewards does not necessarily have to be food related, you can also buy something that you always wanted, like a pair of shoes, or even go for a hair makeover. For most people, rewarding themselves at constant intervals throughout the weight loss period works like magic. It can work you, plus by the time you are done with losing the kilos, you will get into a healthy habit of rewarding yourself.