Nowadays, everyone is looking for that quick fix to be lean and mean in their summer bathing suits but knowing how to do that seems to be a struggle. Weight loss without proper execution can lead to unhealthy habits and sometimes excess weight gain. This is why it’s important to move at your body’s pace and construct a healthy dieting program that works for you. Below we’ll discuss some common dieting tips that should keep you healthy, happy and wise throughout your weight loss journey.
There’s no perfect diet. Find something you can stick with for the long term.
Maintaining weight is an OK goal. The first step may be to prevent your weight from creeping up year after year.
Try to get more nutrition in every bite. You’re taking in fewer calories, so you need to make them count. Focus on fruits, vegetables and other nutrient-dense foods.
Keep some of your favorite foods in small portions for an occasional treat. If you feel deprived, you’re probably not going to stick with your diet.
Have a goal you can control. You may not have power over the number your scale displays on a particular day, but what you can control is: Did I get out and exercise? Did I eat four servings of vegetables today?
Focus on progress, not perfection. Don’t beat yourself up if you’re not getting to your “perfect” weight. Just make real, positive changes. Think of past failed efforts as gaining weight management skills.
Don't forget to be good to your body. It's normal during weight loss to be a little hungry sometimes, but avoid going so long between meals that you feel out of control and overeat. It's also OK to tell yourself in the evening that the kitchen is closed, so you don't overgraze.
You don’t have to get to your ideal body weight to enjoy better health. For people who have chronic diseases like diabetes or high blood pressure, even losing 5 or 7 percent of body weight can make a big difference.