Diet is just what you habitually eat or drink. When we eat or drink we gain calories, when we do any physical activity we burn calories. We gain weight when the intake of calories is greater than we burn. We lose weight when we take calories less than we burn. We neither lose nor gain if we burn equal to the intake. Diet is necessary in both ways i.e. to gain or to lose weight. But the major issue is to lose. If you want to lose, it is a lifetime battle. There is no magic formula to reduce weight.
The world is at our fingertips, literally, when it comes to the Internet. You can find anything and everything that you want to find online. Search engines enable internet users to ’search’ and provide them with a lot of possible links that can be helpful to them. There are a million online diet programs out there. But not all of them might work for you. Always keep in mind that the number one rule in losing weight is to do it slowly.
Drastically changing your eating habits as encouraged by online diet programs, by eating next to no food at all will give you more harm than benefit. The natural tendency of our body whenever it feels hungry is to store fats, which defies your aim of losing weight. Starting a diet and an exercise plan should be done in a slow pace.
Diets should not restrict you from eating foods that are beneficial to you. Different kinds of food are needed to reach the recommended calorie intake of a person and if you cut down these important foods, then you are also losing the nutrients, vitamins and minerals that it provides to keep our body strong. The most effective weight loss plan involves decreasing the calorie intake but at the same time increasing exercise slowly. In doing this, the body will use up the store fat and this will result to weight loss. Keep in mind that in any diet program, you have to stick to it until you reach your goal. If you start a diet, you will lose pounds and if you stop suddenly, the tendency is that you will gain more than what you lost. This so-called yo-yo dieting is harmful.
To maintain diet you should avoid taking food for the second time, don’t repeat whether you like anything or not. Those who are on a strict diet to lose weight should put back one third of their normal food. Avoid fried food as much as you can. You can start this by taking once a week, if you take twice. You have to resist your temptation to keep a proper diet. If you try to skip meal then it makes you to have other foods and snacks because you are hungry. Starving yourself will increase your temptation. So always keep healthy food around you while dieting.
Keep those foods, out of the house, which increase your temptation. Don’t go to shopping when you are hungry. When you find any difficulty in keeping yourself away, distract your mind from it – go for a walk, for a bath, watch TV. Sugar is the enemy of dieting. It is not possible to be completely away from sugar, but keep yourself away from it as much as you can. Avoid bakery items, try to bake them will less sugar at home. Replace sweets and desserts, which you take after meals, with basket of fruits.
Fat is an important part of a diet plan. It provides energy, vitamins, fatty acids and good taste. What matters is enough or too much. It is important to choose the type of oils and fat you take. Replace saturated fats with unsaturated fats but in moderate quantity. Take oil which is made from liquid oil. Fiber which comes from plants has a variety of health benefits. It is highest in fresh fruit. Vegetables, whole grains, beans and peas. Those who eat high fat, high meat diet miss the required amount of fiber in a day.
An effective and healthy diet will allow you to lose 1-2 pounds every week. That may seem like negligible to you, but if you sum it up, you’ll eventually lose 12-24 pounds over a span of three months. If you want to stick to losing 1-2 pounds every week, you can start by burning a total of 300-500 calories every day. Some easy ways in doing this is through: drinking water instead of carbonated and flavored drinks, using low-fat substitutes for those products with high levels of fat, using less sugar when drinking coffee or tea and drinking one full glass of water before every meal, in doing this you will feel full and you won’t eat as much.
If you want to really lose weight, it will take time and patience on your part. Losing weight is hard work and you need to be totally committed for it to work.