Top 8 Diet Tips to Get You Back on Track
Have all the eating holidays completely ruined your diet? Are the warmer days causing you panic attacks because you aren’t bathing suit ready and summer is just a few short weeks away? Don’t throw in the towel yet. Follow these top 8 diet tips to get you back on track and ready for the beach.
Quit Diet Pop
I’m from Minnesota where we say Pop, you might say soda or if you’re from south it might just be called Coke. Whatever you call it that refreshing drink you’ll want to skip it if you want to wear a bathing suit soon. Diet soda can make you bloated and it’s been shown that the sweetness, even though zero calories, can cause you to crave more sweets. Drink water instead. It keeps you hydrated without added chemicals and it can help flush out the fat you’re losing following these diet tips.
That’s right, cook more. By preparing and cooking your food you’re in control of what goes into your body and because you’re actually working with the food – chopping, smelling, tasting…experiencing – you’re going to feel more satiated before you eat which will cause you to eat less.
You don’t have to put on your Sunday best outfit but by eating at a regular table with table clothes or place mats and silverware you’re like to be more aware of what you put in your mouth and how much. If you eat with other people and you get some good conversation going you’ll eat less because you’ll give your brain time to realize it’s no longer hungry.
Turn Off The TV
Eating while watching TV can cause you to overeat and not feel satisfied. Make the meal a time to relax and unwind with family or friends not the boob tube.
Get On The Scale
Each morning weigh yourself before you’ve had your first cup of coffee and after relieving yourself. Try to do weigh yourself without clothes on so you know what your real weight is. It’s normal to see the scale fluctuate from day to day but by weighing yourself each day you’ll stay on track to meet your dieting goal.
Set a Goal
Speaking of goals, have you set one. Set a realistic goal that is a week or two out. For example, you might want to set of goal of reaching 10k steps each day on your Fitbit or other pedometer and a loss on the scale of 5 pounds in two weeks. Whatever goal you set make it reasonable and something you can reach fairly quickly. When you reach your goal reward yourself with something like a new bathing suit or new shade of lipstick, just make sure your reward isn’t food. After you reach one goal set another one and another one until you reach your ultimate goal.
Get Fat Shamed
It doesn’t work for everyone but some people have lost a lot of weight because they have set their phone to fat shame them several times a day. Reddit has subreddits like Fat People Stories and Fat People Hate where you can be abused for being overweight. You can also watch My 800lb Life and see someone else shamed. Other methods include posting a picture of yourself on the fridge so you have to see it each time you want to eat. Again, it doesn’t work for everyone but for me it can be reminder of one of the reasons I’m trying to lose weight.
Take a Walk
If you feel the urge to snack ask yourself if you’re really hungry. If you aren’t but are bored take a quick walk around the office, block or wherever you are. You’ll get more steps recorded on your Fitbit and you’ll distract yourself long enough to resist temptation. You’ll also feel empowered for avoiding the extra calories.
Do you have any dieting tips? Feel free to share them in the comments.