If you keep a watchful eye on every thing you eat, you will control your weight. Sometimes the garnishes on your food are richer than the food itself. Accompaniments too can be very rich. Remember that it is the easiest thing in the world to eat something without realizing that it was something that you should not have eaten. Selective memory you know!
There are diet foods and then there are healthy diet foods. Which do you want in your daily diet? In this article you will find some healthy tips for you to add to your daily lifestyle.
Control that sweet tooth. Remember that sweet things usually mean tons of calories. It is natural that we have cravings for sweet things especially chocolates and other confectionery. Controlling your appetite and watching what sweets you consume with an understanding that if you do not take control of your urges, you will be adding on extra weight.
Set specific times to have your meals and stick to it. Try to have food at specific times of the day. You can stretch these times by half an hour, but anything more than that is going to affect your eating pattern, the result will either be a loss of appetite or that famished feeling which will make you stuff yourself with more than what is required the next time you eat.
Do you know what it feels like to feel hungry? Most people do not know because they eat consistently throughout the day. Eat only when you are hungry. Stop the tendency to eat whenever you see or smell food. Don't use special occasions or parties as an excuse to stuff yourself.
Understand that the effect of a whole week of dieting can be wasted by just one day's splurge of party food. Whenever you are offered something to eat and feel obligated to join the group, you do not have to decline but you can nibble so that you are with your friends and at the same time are watching what you eat.
DO NOT snack in between meals. Do not fall for snacks in between meals. This is especially true for those who have to travel a lot. They feel that the only time they can get a bite to eat is snacks and junk food. The main problem with most snacks and junk food is that they are usually less filling and contain a lot of fat and calories.
Learn to snack on vegetables. Keep snack size carrots, cauliflower, broccoli, celery, etc. in your refrigerator so will have them prepared and convenient when your urges to snack hit you. You might get urges to snack in between meals. By being prepared and being in control of your appetite, you will feel good about yourself. Each time you control your urges you become stronger and your self-esteem continues to grow because YOU are doing it.
I also recommend you stop drinking tea and coffee. You may think Tea and coffee are harmless but the caffeine will affect your appetite and nervous system. Also, the caffeine in the coffee is an alkaloid and can affect other functions of your body like the metabolism.
Keep a record of what you eat each day. Write down your snacks too. In fact, write down everything you eat and drink so you can keep a count of the calories you eat daily. It will also give you a good idea of the calories that your favorite foods contain and why you were gaining weight by eating those foods. Before you purchase any food item, read the labels and choose low-calorie low salt foods. This will keep you from having high calorie foods in your home to tempt you away from your goal.
Dieting doesn't have to be a bore or challenging. With some diet programs, you learn how to choose the right foods that give your body the benefits and strength it needs when you change your diet.