We human beings like to plan everything. While many things do not have to be planned, there are some things that certainly need to be planned. If you’re serious about your diet, you should plan it, and you should plan it the best you can. I really don’t know why people don’t plan their diets. I mean, we plan everything else, right? Heck, some people even plan on when they will have sex!
So, why not spend a few minutes now and plan out what you will eat today, what you will eat tomorrow and so forth? If you’re reading this, then you have the time to do it. So please sit back and follow these 8 easy steps. Do not blink, if you do it will be over. This is not rocket science, it’s really simple!
Eat small meals
A lot of people with certain disease are advised that they should eat several small meals each day. They say that a person should eat something every 2 hours. If you think about it, that isn’t impossible to do, is it? I suggest that you start with every 4 hours. Keep it like you normally would any of your other meals. Make sure there are proteins and fibers in your food. Also, have some veggies and fruits to balance everything out. Don’t make your small meal a bucket of fried chicken, ok? I know that since it’s a small meal, the temptation doesn’t seem as great. I mean, if you only slip up in a small meal, who is watching?
This is a great way to avoid hunger and improper snacks during the day. Just make your mini meals up and eat them every time that you have planned. If you plan on eating every 2 hours, then every 2 hours it is!
Don’t go over board
Now, this might sound easier said than done. What you need to have is a specific amount of food that you are trying to reduce. If you are trying to reduce your meals by 10%, then you should stick to that. I’m not suggesting that you break out the calculator and count up every meal that you have, don’t do that. If you have been on a diet for a very long time, then you already have a good idea how many calories things have. Please do not eat with your eyes, rather eat with your mind! That will help you cut down on the amount of food that you eat.
Eat good tasting food
From time to time you just have to let yourself go. Eat something that you know you shouldn’t. Eat something that you like so much, even if it’s a big no-no in your diet. If you get it out of your system that way, it will be much easier to maintain your diet. If on the other hand you don’t allow yourself to eat things you shouldn’t from time to time, all you will do is hurt yourself in the long run. You’re going to nibble each day on those things instead of just eating them occasionally. Don’t be so hard on yourself.
Eat your calories, don’t drink them
Don’t drink too many sodas or similar drinks. Why? Because if you do it too much, you easily can get all your calories for 1 day in these drinks. A few sodas here, a few cups of hot chocolate there, a few beers here… Well you get the point. Remember – this WILL put on the pounds easily.
Let’s be clear about one thing – you absolutely need to exercise if you want to be fit. Not only will this keep you fit, but it will keep you mentally sharp as well. That can go a long way in helping you stick to a diet. If you are depressed or sad, there’s a big chance that you will end up eating fatty foods that make you fat. When you consume all of that fat, it will make you more depressed, and you start the depression cycle. So what kind of exercise should you be doing? Any kind. Think about what you enjoy most and do it. It can be something simple like walking for an hour in a park, or it can be something more adventurous like mountain climbing. The point is that you enjoy while you exercise.
Eat foods that help you sleep better
The food you eat not only contributes to the quality of your weight and general health, but also on how well you sleep. Some foods help you sleep better, while others can make sleep difficult or even impossible. Foods that improve sleep include fruits, green leafy vegetables, whole grain breads and cereals, and mushrooms. Even spices such as dill, sage and basil help with sleep problems.
It is best to keep the last meal of the day light. Eating too much or heavy meals before sleeping may cause indigestion, heartburn and discomfort. It is recommended to start with a hearty breakfast, the main meal of the day around noon, and a light supper early in the evening. Be careful on what foods you eat. It can directly affect the way you sleep. By improving your eating habits, you will have a better chance at a good night’s sleep.
Make your meals last longer
Chew your food son! I bet you heard that one as a little kid. Well, it is true. Don’t just swallow your food. Instead, eat it slowly and enjoy the taste of it. If you do this, it will make you feel like you have actually eaten something. If you swallow it down, you won’t get the same result. You will continue to feel hungry, when actually you’re not. Just don’t rush anything, eat slowly and enjoy it.
Discover your food triggers
Remember the last time you went shopping and you looked at a bag of candies and realized that you had to have them? Well I do this all the time. I know it’s not good, but I still do it. You need to understand what foods trigger your response system. If you can do this, you can avoid situations that will make you eat things that you shouldn’t eat. So next time you think about buying that bag of cookies in a grocery store – think about what we’ve just said.
Well, that wasn’t so bad, was it? There is absolutely no need to flip out when it comes to planning your diet. It is simple and easy. Just like anything else in life, you should have a plan before you begin to do whatever it is that you are doing. The same is true with your diet. Start planning your diet. Now.