HOW TO PROPERLY DIET
Today, more than ever before, we live in the world of plenty. However, the abundant and diverse food that’s available today is perhaps least used for the sake of satisfying our hunger. Instead – we eat because we are happy, and because we are miserable, we eat because it tastes good, because we have cravings, because we are bored, because we are lonely, or because we are sharing it with a friend. Hardly anyone leads a lifestyle that justifies the number of calories we consume. Unfortunately, our sedentary lifestyle, coupled with the bounty of food, most often leads to weight issues. A lot of us live in the vicious circle of yo-yo dieting – once we get fed up with our less than ideal figure, we jump on the first fad diet wagon that comes along. But, inevitably, it never lasts, and as soon as we stop dieting, the weight piles back on again. Let’s see how it’s possible to break the chain once for all and how to properly diet without the yo-yo effect.
HOW TO PROPERLY DIET: LISTEN TO YOUR BODY
If your goal is to lose weight just because you need to squeeze into a tight dress for a wedding or a hot date, chances are you won’t have the willpower to break the cycle. Try listening to your body instead. It might give you the wake-up call you need. Are you constantly feeling tired? Is your libido suffering or are you lacking in concentration? Huge numbers of people live with Celiac disease symptoms without even realizing it. They suffer from bloating, diarrhea or constipation, rashes, heartburn, muscle or joint pain and even infertility, but never even suspect it could be gluten – or obesity – related. Get a blood test and check out your cholesterol, sugar and triglycerides levels. If there’s ever been a valid reason to change your diet, it’s your health and your well-being.
The secret to change is not to go for unrealistic diets and consider them as temporary solutions. Find a solution that works for you in the long run. Healthy food can be delicious, and it doesn’t have to be challenging in terms of cost or time. Clean out your pantry and your fridge. You don’t need the temptation. Once you’ve cut out processed foods and the overload of carbs that we tend to stuff our faces with on a daily basis, you will realize that clean eating actually makes you feel good. Addictions, such as sugar and caffeine, might be hard to get rid of at first, but at least you will finally see them for what they are.
Exercise is the key element on your way to a new, healthier you. Most people cringe at the mere mention of exercise, but the trick is to realize it doesn’t have to be torture. The American Heart Association recommends 30 minutes of activity 5 times a week. If that feels like too much at first, start with less, then build up to this goal. Some exercising is always better than none. Choose something that doesn’t feel like a chore – for some, it’s dancing, for others, a brisk walk with a friend. You’ll be surprised at how soon you will start seeing the benefits on both your physical and your mental health.
Planning meals and prepping ahead can be a game changer. The key is to always be ready – when it’s time for your meal, you need a tasty, wholesome option on hand, so that you don’t reach for a candy bar or a bag of chips. Buy fresh, unprocessed, local ingredients (preferably seasonal). You can do meal prep at the weekends, then freeze either the prepared ingredients or the meal-sized portions of already cooked dishes.
Of course, with such a thorough lifestyle change, resolve is crucial. However, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t make it easier on yourself by eating tasty meals and boosting your energy levels through activities that you enjoy. You will soon see changes that will stay for the long haul.
Your turn: let me know in the comments your tips on how to properly diet ;)