Are you looking for a diet plan that fits your lifestyle, needs, and tastes? We at Bright Side really want to help you find it, and today we share 11 secrets that will help you look and feel your best.
The key is not in dieting but in adopting these new habits.
1. Set realistic goals.
Set long- and short-term goals. Ensure they are realistic and attainable. Set mini goals you can reach within a short time. Take a moment to reward yourself for every success — this will help you keep a positive attitude toward meeting your ultimate goal.
2. Big breakfast and light dinner.
Remember the famous saying “Eat breakfast like a king and dinner like a pauper”?
Studies show that people who skip breakfast have a higher risk of obesity. Therefore, it is very important that you have a nutritious breakfast and take your time to enjoy it. Having a light dinner will help you sleep like a baby and speed up your metabolism.
3. Learn to identify when you are hungry.
Did you know our body often mistakes hunger for thirst?
When we’re dehydrated, our body receives the same signals as when we haven’t had enough to eat. So if you’re trying to lose weight, it’s important to keep track of your liquid intake. When you feel hungry, drink a glass of water first and wait a few minutes to avoid eating more than you need to.
4. Try to eat little and often.
Long gaps between meals will give you a terrible hunger. You will eat everything very quickly, and by the time you achieve satiety you will have ingested more than your body really needs.
5. Learn to cook.
People usually think that “healthy” food is boring and tasteless, but the secret is to learn how to spice it up and vary it.
Take the opportunity to try new foods and build healthy meals around the foods you like more.
6. Create a timeline.
A weekly plan is a great idea. This way you will achieve your goals more easily. For example, plan your meals and activities for the coming week. Try to do something different so that you don’t get bored. Perhaps a bike ride, a walk to a beautiful spot, or preparing a delicious and healthy meal with your friends.
7. “Guilty pleasure” foods.
Sometimes we have to reward ourselves for good behavior. That doesn’t mean you can eat a kilo of ice cream. Allow yourself a small portion of your favorite food, and return to your diet routine.
8. Reduce your portions.
A good way to trick your brain and avoid overeating is to eat on small plates. The same amount of food will look bigger, and you’ll feel like you’re eating more.
9. We all make mistakes.
Don’t beat yourself up over little moments of weakness. It is normal, and it can happen to anyone. Admit your mistake, get over it, and go back to your healthy routine.
10. Think positively.
When you are frustrated and feel like giving up, think about the positive things and about the goals that you already have achieved, no matter how small they are. Write down your major goal every day to remind you how much you want it. This will keep you focused and motivated.
11. Channel your stress.
We know that eagerness to eat generates a lot of stress to the point where food is all you think about. This is counterproductive for your body since stress generates cortisol, a hormone that really complicates your weight loss. Therefore, relax your mind, read a book, and try to do things you really like.