It has long been thought that dieting is actually bad for your health. If you don't need to lose a lot of weight, dieting can really hurt you rather than help you. When you limit your nutrition by not eating a specific food group, like carbs, or when you limit your calories every day, you are really creating a deficiency in your body. This can lead to health problems down the road, and it can harm you once you go off the diet. If you have been limiting your calories for so long, for example, when you stop limiting your calories, you fill up on all those unhealthy foods you had been avoiding. Needless to say, the weight goes right back on. Instead of dieting, then, try some of these tips for a healthier lifestyle, and a healthy weight.
Follow the Craving
If your body is craving something, you are probably lacking a specific nutrient. The key is to figure out what nutrient that is, so you can get it without being unhealthy. If you are craving salty foods, you are probably dehydrated because salt helps your body store water. If you are craving ice cream, you are probably in need of calcium, so you could have a glass of milk instead. Don't deprive your body of these nutrients, though, just because you are watching what you eat. Just make healthy choices that match up and you should notice a difference, and feel better, too.
As Americans, we are accustomed to eating really quickly. It starts in school, when we were only given a short time to eat, and it continues throughout our lives as we are too busy to sit down and have a proper meal. Instead of rushing through your food, eat more slowly. If you eat standing up or while doing other things, make sure you sit down or pay attention to your food. If you do this, you will notice when you feel full and stop yourself before you overeat.
Stop Before You are Full
Contrary to what your mother told you while you were growing up, you don't have to clean your plate. It's okay to take a doggie bag home from a restaurant or wrap up some leftovers after cooking at home. When you're full, you're full. Stopping just before you are full can help you feel lighter, as well, and can save you a ton of calories in the long run. It all adds up!
Master Portion Sizes
Americans are particularly bad at putting too much food on the plate to begin with. Most portions should not be any larger than your fist, but think about how many portions of food we have that probably totals the weight of our fist and forearm. If you can be conscious of the portion sizes you need to make you feel full, you'll eat less without even knowing it.
Make Healthy Choices
Adding healthy foods like whole grains, fruits, and vegetables to your diet can help you shed the pounds without even trying. Sure, a piece of white bread and a piece of wheat bread have comparable calories in them, but the wheat bread will give you more nutrients than the white bread will. The fiber you find in the whole wheat bread will help you stay full and keep your digestive tract regulated, which can help you feel thinner. When you feel fuller and lighter with less food, it's obvious you'll lose weight without trying!