One of the main resolutions people make at this time of year involves losing weight, but for many this is also an item on their bucket list.
Make a Bucket list bring you the top 15 best diet tips as brought by WebMD.
Best diet tip 1: Drink plenty of water or other calorie-free beverages.
People sometimes confuse thirst with hunger. So you can end up eating extra calories when an ice-cold glass of water is really what you need. If you don’t like plain water, try adding a slice of citrus fruit or a splash of juice. Brew infused teas like mango or peach, which have lots of flavour but no calories.
Best diet tip 2: Think about what you can add to your diet, not what you should take away.
Start by focusing on getting the recommended five servings of fruit and vegetables each day. It sounds like a lot, but it is well worth it, because at the same time you are meeting your fibre goals and feeling more satisfied from the volume of food. You’re also less likely to overeat because fruit and vegetables displace fat in the diet, not to mention the health benefits of fruit and vegetables. To get more vegetables into your diet work them into meals instead of just serving them as sides on a plate.
Best diet tip 3: Consider whether you’re really hungry.
Whenever you feel like eating, look for physical signs of hunger.
Hunger is your body’s way of telling you that you need fuel, so when a craving doesn’t come from hunger, eating will never satisfy it. When you’ve finished eating, you should feel better, not stuffed, bloated or tired.
Keeping your portion sizes reasonable will help you get more in touch with your feelings of hunger and fullness.
Best diet tip 4: Be choosy about night-time snacks.
Mindless eating occurs most frequently after dinner, when you finally sit down and relax.
Sitting down with a packet of crisps or biscuits in front of the television is an example of eating amnesia, where you mindlessly eat without being hungry, just out of habit.
To stop doing this either make the kitchen out of bounds after a certain hour, or allow yourself a low-calorie snack.
Best diet tip 5: Enjoy your favourite foods.
Putting your favourite foods off limits leads to weight gain because it triggers ‘rebound’ overeating, say experts.
Instead of cutting out your favourite foods altogether, be a slim shopper. Buy one fresh biscuit instead of a packet, or a small portion of sweets instead of a whole bag.
Basically, enjoy your favourite foods but in moderation.
Best diet tip 6: Enjoy your treats away from home.
When you need a treat, consider taking a walk to the shop or planning a family outing to get it.
By making it into an adventure, you don’t have to worry about the temptation of having treats in the house.
When you just can’t get out, stock your kitchen with fresh fruit, which can be every bit as delicious as any other dessert.
Best diet tip 7: Eat several mini-meals during the day.
If you eat fewer calories than you burn, you will lose weight. When you’re hungry all the time, eating fewer calories can be challenging.
Studies show people who eat four to five meals or snacks per day are better able to control their appetite and weight.
Consider dividing your daily calories into smaller meals or snacks and enjoying as many of them as you can early in the day as dinner should be the last time you eat.
Best diet tip 8: Eat protein at every meal.
Protein is more satisfying than carbohydrates or fats and thus may be the new secret weapon in weight control.
Diets higher in protein and moderate in carbohydrates, along with a lifestyle of regular exercise, have an excellent potential to help weight loss, say experts.
Getting enough protein helps preserve muscle mass and encourages fat burning while keeping you feeling full. So be sure to include healthy protein sources, like yoghurt, cheese, nuts or beans in meals and snacks.
Best diet tip 9: Spice it up.
Add spices or chillies to your food for a flavour boost that can help you feel satisfied.
Food that is loaded with flavour will stimulate your taste buds and be more satisfying so you won’t eat as much.
Best diet tip 10: Stock your kitchen with healthy convenience foods.
Having ready-to-eat snacks and staples on hand sets you up for success. You’ll be less likely to give in to temptation if you can make a healthy meal in five or 10 minutes.
Stock your kitchen with:
- Fat-free microwave popcorn
- Frozen vegetables
- Bags of pre-washed vegetables
- Tins of chopped tomatoes
- Tinned beans
- Whole grain wraps or pitta breads
- Pre-cooked grilled chicken breasts
- A few containers of pre-cooked brown rice.
Best diet tip 11: Order children’s portions in restaurants.
When you are eating out, order a child’s meal or a small sandwich as an easy way to trim calories and get your portions under control.
Another trick is to use smaller plates. This helps the portions look like more, and if your mind is satisfied, your stomach is likely to be, too.
Best diet tip 12: Eat foods in season.
If you don’t like certain fruit or vegetables, it could be because you ate them out of season when they have little taste or flavour. When you eat seasonally, fruit and vegetables taste better.
Best diet tip 13: Swap a cup of pasta for a cup of vegetables.
Simply by eating less pasta or bread and more vegetables, you could go down a dress size in a year.
You can save between 100 and 200 calories if you reduce the portion of starch on your plate and increase the amount of vegetables.
Best diet tip 14: Use non-food alternatives to cope with stress.
Sooner or later, you’re going to be faced with a stressful situation. Instead of turning to food for comfort, be prepared with some non-food tactics that work for you.
These could include reading a few chapters in a novel, listening to music, writing in a diary or practicing meditative deep breathing.
Best diet tip 15: Be physically active.
Although it may seem counterintuitive, don’t use exercise either to punish yourself for eating or to “earn” the right to eat more.
When you do this it sets up a negative thought pattern, which is why so many people say they hate to exercise.
Instead, focus on how great you feel, how much better you sleep and how much more energy you have when you exercise. Physical activity is good for you whether you are trying to lose weight or not, so keep it positive and build a lifelong habit.