Coming up with a successful diet plan is simple. All you have to do is read a few books, search the web, or speak with a good dietician or nutritionist. Maybe you’ll make a few tweaks, but for the most part you’ll just copy a diet program that someone else designed. For most people, that’s the smart way to go. 9 out of 10 times the experts are better at designing successful diets anyway.
So once you’ve got a terrific new diet plan all set up and ready to go, what’s next? Now comes the tricky part. You actually have to implement it. You may have the best diet in the world, but if you can’t stick with it then you are no better off than your friend trying that weird cabbage soup diet. So how do you stick to your new weigh loss plan? That’s simple. By changing your habits and avoiding foods that are certain to ruin any successful diet plan.
Skip Those Late Night Snacks
We all love to do it. Grab a bowl of ice cream and sit down in front of our favorite TV show or pop a bag of popcorn for a Sunday night movie. Evening snacks are probably the most common diet busters out there. The key to understanding why late night snacking is so bad for your diet is to understand why we eat food in the first place.
Food is designed to fuel our bodies. Calories you take in at breakfast and lunch are converted into energy and then burned off throughout the day. Unfortunately when you eat meals or snacks late at night, you are less likely to burn off those calories. Therefore you are just adding to your waistline.
Now you don’t have to completely eliminate your evening snacks. The key is to eat healthier foods. That means you should avoid snacks that are high in fat or sugar. Whole wheat crackers, low-fat yogurt, and lightly salted nuts are just a few examples of healthy snacks. Just remember, whatever you decide to eat must be done in moderation.
Junk Food is the Enemy of All Successful Diets
This is a tricky one. Avoiding junk food is easier said than done. However there are some very good reasons why you shouldn’t be indulging.
Studies have shown that the saturated fat in junk food messes with your mind so to speak. It actually tricks your body into thinking it is still hungry. The result is a desire to eat even more. For many people this can often lead to binging on junk food. Now you know why it can be so difficult putting down an open bag of chips.
The obvious way to prevent junk food from ruining your perfect diet is to stop eating it. Of all the weight loss tips you receive, this one may be the most difficult to adhere to. Sometimes you just can’t help yourself. That’s why I don’t recommend giving up junk food completely. The key to all successful diets is eating in moderation. There’s no reason this can’t be applied to chocolate cake or your favorite burger joint.
Indulging occasionally is perfectly okay. Just make sure you determine exactly how much you are going to allow yourself to eat. If you portion it out before you start eating, then you’ll avoid the dreaded binge.
There is a reason it’s called the most important meal of the day. Actually there are several.
First of all it kick starts your metabolism for the day. Boosting your metabolism is great for weight loss. Skipping breakfast will have the opposite effect. It will slow down your metabolism considerably.
In addition to a slower metabolism, your body reacts to a long fasting period by producing more insulin. This results in your body storing excess fat which can potentially lead to weight gain. Studies have shown that skipping breakfast regularly puts you at higher risk for obesity.
This leads to frequent snacking which can easily destroy any diet plan. On the other hand, when you eat breakfast you are less likely to feel hunger pangs later in the day.
Those who partake in the first meal of the day are also more likely to exercise. In general eating breakfast provides you with more energy which leads to increased physical activity throughout the rest of the day. Hence the higher likelihood of exercise.
The guiding principles of any good diet must be consistency and moderation. Those are the keys to losing weight and being able to maintain it. If those are at the core of your weight loss plan, and you avoid the diet busters mentioned above, then you are well on your way to implementing a successful diet plan.