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With the holiday season coming to a close and the new year fastly approaching, women across the nation will find themselves regretting overindulging in not so healthy foods and wanting to lose weight.  To avoid yo yo dieting or fad diets, here are a few tips to keep in mind when you’re designing your diet plan.

  • Dramatic weight loss should will not happen over night.  Be patient with yourself.  Give your metabolism time to switch into high gear.  You didn’t gain 10 lbs. in one day, so don’t expect lose it in 24 hours.
  • Consult with your primary care provider (PCP) before you begin a new diet plan.  You should work in conjunction with your PCP to create a personalized diet plan.
  • Research sample diet plans that may fit your lifestyle if you can’t afford to meet with a healthcare provider.  Just be aware of your sources.
  • EXERCISE, WORK OUT, BE MORE ACTIVE, GET MOVING!!! Diet alone probably won’t get you the results you’re hoping to see.  Calories expended MUST be greater calories taken in to achieve weight loss.  It’s really common sense.
  • Buy a reliable scale and weigh yourself at the same time everyday wearing similar clothing each time.  It’s best to weigh yourself first thing in the morning after you urinate to get the most accurate weight.
  • Eat a healthy breakfast.  Try to include protein and fiber rich foods because they will make feel more full and delay hunger longer than simple carbs.
  • Eat more frequently.  Eating 6 small meals with protein rich snacks in between if needed as opposed to 3 big meals will help keep your metabolism working burn to burn those calories.
  • Drink a glass of water before each meal to help you satiate your hunger more quickly.  You’ll be too full of water to want to fill up on too much food.
  • Drink more water.  Not only does it help you stay hydrated throughout the day (especially during work outs), but it will decrease the amount of calories you consume through beverages.  Americans on average drink about 450 calories a day.  Thats about one meal!
  • Slow down and actually enjoy your meal.  By scarfing down your food, you don’t give your stomach and brain time to communicate.  Your brain doesn’t have time to signal to you letting you know that you’re full when you eat quickly.
  • Keep a journal or diary of everything you eat.  This way you can see what meals need to be modified.  This can definately help you make healthier food choices. 
  • Eating healthy shouldn’t be punishment.  Eliminate your favorite, but unhealthy foods one by one.  For example, cut fried foods out your diet one week, then eliminate sugary snacks the next.  This will help you stay on track longer and you won’t send yourself into shock…or worse- binge eat.
  • It’s ok to reward yourself if you’ve reached a short-term goal like losing 2 pounds in a week.  A cookie or two never killed anyone.  Moderation is the key to life.
  • To keep the weight off, you must make lifestyle modications.  Soon eating right, exercising on a regular basis, and making healthier choices in general will become second nature.
  • Last, but not least, stay positive.  If you’re not motivated enough to believe in yourself, you may not reach your goals.  You can do it!

I hope these tips will help in your future endeavors.

Remember ladies, keep a healthy demeanor, both inside and out. 🙂