Who’s all stoked to be a healthier you this year? I know I am. And although I’ve been doing alright following my plan so far, I could do a lot better. Maybe today’s guest blogger, Lizze Weakley, has a few ideas in the nutrition area!
Losing weight can be one of the most difficult and on-going challenges you face. It’s also one of the most rewarding, not because you look better, but because you are healthier. Being in shape allows you to function at your peak, live a better quality of life, and do what you do best.
Cater to Your Strengths and Identify your Weaknesses
Part of finding a good diet is realizing that what may work for others might not work for you. Firstly, cater to your strengths. If you love certain healthy ingredients or have easy access to them, incorporate them into your diet. It seems like a no-brainer, but so many people overlook the simple fact that if you love what you’re eating, you’ll keep eating it.
Cater to your personality as well. If you are organized and self-disciplined, create a menu and stick to it. If you work better when given a task or a challenge, find a buddy to join you on your mission or, if you have the means, consult a nutritionist. Equally as important is identifying and eliminating your weaknesses. Do you snack compulsively when you’re stressed or when you’re tired? Find ways to curb these cravings when you sense them coming on.
Create a Routine
The aspect of dieting that renders it difficult to sustain for prolonged periods is intensity. Having unrealistic goals may allow immediate visible results, but ultimately are not feasible for long durations.
Instead of going for a fad diet, work on having a healthy lifestyle. Of course, diet is just part of this, but it is a crucial one. Eat meals on a regular basis, so that your internal clock knows when to expect nourishment and start the metabolizing process (Source: Skinny Ms.). Make healthy foods a regular component of your weekly groceries. Is there a fresh farmer’s market every week? Pick up exciting items to garnish your weekly meals.
Don’t Wipe out Entire Food Groups
No-carb, no-fat, or pure-protein diets don’t work because the truth is, all of these components are vital for bodily functions. Carbohydrates break down into glucose, the main component of cellular metabolism. Healthy cholesterol and fats can actually contribute to lower risk of cardiovascular disease, and while protein is important, it is best utilized when paired with exercise to form muscles–otherwise, it’s still empty calories. In fact, completely counting out a type of food (fats, for example) will make you crave these foods and hold on to them more fiercely when consumed.
All in all, balance is the key to a successful diet. Consume foods in moderation, stay creative, stick to your goals…and you’ll be well on your way to a healthier version of yourself.
About the Author
My name is Lizzie Weakley and I am a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. I went to college at The Ohio State University where I studied communications. I enjoy the outdoors and long walks in the park with my 3-year-old husky Snowball.
I’d like to add that just cutting out the junk and processed foods will help with efficient weight loss. Go ahead and have a little treat once a week, though, to counteract any feelings of deprivation. Now I need some help with coming up with ways to curb my appetite when I’m stressed, bored or tired. Any ideas?