How to Stick to that Diet
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How to Stick to that Diet

Tuesday, October 9, 2012 1 Comments

Any fitness professional can tell you that losing weight is one of the key reasons people undertake an exercise regimen. But exercise alone will not accomplish this goal. You also need to eat the right kind of foods. That doesn’t mean that people who want to lose weight need to follow a fancy (and expensive) diet plan, but it does require changing the way that you eat, permanently.

Here are some things to consider whether you’re modifying your diet or trying to encourage someone else to lose weight and eat more healthily.

Importance of Psychology: Studies have demonstrated that the most effective weight loss regimes are those that include some form of emotional and psychological support. If you’re losing weight on your own, experts recommend that you do so with a weight loss buddy or have a mentor to speak with when the going gets tough. Many formal weight loss programs have some kind of support built in. Some have group meetings or individual weekly sessions with counselors. Others offer help from mentors over the internet or phone.

Stick to It: The most effective diet is one that doesn’t feel like a diet to you. In other words, you need to find an eating plan that you can stick with. You can lose weight on the all-grapefruit diet, but you’re not going to be able to keep it up for the rest of your life. However, good diet plans help you understand which are the best foods to eat and encourage you to make permanent changes in your eating habits. Look for the plan that is easiest for you to stick with.

It’s All About Calories: At the end of the day you need to burn more calories than you consume or you won’t lose weight. So it’s important to think about the total number of calories you consume. While it’s important to think about carbs, fat, and protein, the total number of calories has the biggest impact.

What to Eat: Protein makes you feel full for relatively few calories, so be sure to include some sources of lean protein (such as fish, chicken, or tofu) in your daily diet. Veggies and fruit also help you feel full and provide vital nutrients without a lot of calories. Consider making veggies and fruit as your main course rather than seeing it as an accompaniment to your meat. Or consider being a vegetarian a couple days a week; vegetarians weigh 15% less on average than non-vegetarians and they live an average of 3.6 years longer.

Exercise: While exercise alone probably won’t lead to a big weight loss, it’s an essential part of most diet plans. However, you don’t have to train for a triathlon. Try to build extra exercise into your day. Use a pedometer to see how many steps you take. Do more gardening or housework to burn off calories. Climb steps instead of taking the elevator. When exercise is easy to do, you are more likely to do it.

Hossein Noshirvani is a Co-founder and Executive Vice President for Motionsoft. His experience in the fitness industry allows him to offer tips to exercise-minded people like himself, especially fitness center owners. If you’re a fitness professional who works for an athletic facility, you might consider club billing software to help you run your business.

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  • Race October 15, 2012 at 6:44 PM

    you're right sis when i make my own healthy meal plan my main course is veggies mixed with white meat but the large part of my meals are veggies. we really need discipline to be successful in dieting.