This article was published on February 6th, 2012
Eating a healthy diet and managing your weight is not an easy task. Most people who attempt to loose weight do not succeed long term; they end up gaining the weight back after failing. Here are four tips that will help you stay on track with your diet:
- Eat More and Plan: Before you get hungry, set out a meal plan. This will help you control what you are eating and when. You don’t have to eat the same thing day-in, day-out. You can mix up your meal plans with all kinds of different snacks and meals. Don’t restrict yourself too much either. It’s important to fuel your body with the right types of foods at the right time of day. Always have fresh cut fruit and vegetables on hand for a quick snack and don’t keep chips, chocolate bars or other fast-grab junk food around.
- Support System: Many people have the same goals as you – to eat healthier and to loose weight. Work together and hold each other accountable. It can be as simple as asking a friend who also wants to loose weight, a gym partner or someone at your workplace.
- Record Your Progress: Back to the food journal, track everything you are eating. It will help give you an insight into what you are eating and when. From there you can learn how to change your behaviours and be much more successful.
- Know Yourself: Don’t worry or panic if you slip up. It’s ok. You need to plan for these types of situations. If you are like me and you know you can’t resist having ice cream after dinner, work it into your eating plan. By avoiding the things you love, you will crave them more and be prone to being off-track more often. No food should be off-limits – just remember portion control, planning and moderation are your friends.