Dieting Dos and Don’ts
For those wanting to shed the pounds, there’s an array of dieting methods out there. You don’t have to diet one particular way, however there are some dieting dos and don’ts that could help you to stay on track with whatever method you do choose.
Don’t starve yourself
Any dieting method that tells you to starve yourself to lose weight should be avoided. Whilst you should lower your calorie intake, cutting out food altogether could cause more harm that it does good. Starving yourself causes your body to go into survival mode, shutting down functions to other organs and processes that aren’t as important. Your body also limits the amount of energy you spend to keep other functions going, making you lose weight slower as burning off fat is not top of priorities.
Do cut out processed foods
The less processes food has to go through, the healthier it is for you. This means swapping sugary sweets for fruit and white bread for natural carbs such as potatoes. Try to rely less on microwave meals and foods straight out the packet and try making your own meals from raw ingredients.
Don’t rely solely on pills
There are lots of weight loss pills out there, but these should never be used by themselves. If you’re taking weight loss pills and still eating unhealthily as well as not exercising, you’re not going to make any progress.
Do consider supplements
That said, there’s nothing to stop you taking supplements on top of dieting and exercise to help lose a few more pounds. As you can see here, such supplements have a proven track record and have to pass testing and regulations in order to be allowed on the market. You can find all kinds of supplements online and at your local pharmacy.
Don’t think short term
Weight loss should never be a short term goal. You may well lose your target weight, but are likely to slip back into your old ways straight away and piles on the pounds again. Consider lifestyle changes that you can permanently adopt to ensure that you stay healthy. You may be able to drop a few rules once you’ve reached your target weight, but don’t expect to just take up you old lifestyle once you’ve got slim.
Do treat yourself
Getting rid of all those tasty comfort foods you once adored is hard. Cutting them all out permanently takes a lot of willpower – you’re likely to get demotivated very quickly. Instead use these foods as incentives and rewards. If you manage to go your whole week sticking religiously to your diet, reward yourself with a food you once loved for one day only. However, if you break your diet and indulge on this treat when you’re not supposed to, punish yourself by not allowing yourself to eat a treat at the end of that week. This will spur you on to not abandon hope.
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