Those of us pursuing health and fitness for body and soul have chosen the road less travelled. We came to a point in life, especially physically when we are sick or too chubby to zip our pants. The world encourages us, “Eat, drink, and be merry. Tomorrow you are going to die anyway, so indulge in your passions. Don’t deny yourself. Live it up. There really aren’t any consequences.”
On the Body Confidence Balance diet, if you blow it one day (or in an evening out to dinner), just cut back the next. Weight loss results from the total calories taken in and used up throughout the week (input and output). If you blow it too many days in a row, you’ll show a weight gain, naturally (ask us, we know!) Sometimes we just need a little help from a friend. The following are some sly strategies that will almost make you forget you are dieting. They work for me!
A Dieter’s Tricks
Use A Smaller Plate
Our dinner plates these days are quite large; some of the plates have grown from 10 inches to 14 and is still growing. Your low calorie food will look lost in a large platter. Instead, choose a soup plate and fill it with just the right amount of food (up to 2 cups-1/2 cup protein, 1/2 cup starch, and 1 cup veggies) to stay fit!
Drink Water Before Meal
A cup of hot green tea even works better to fill your stomach with something before the food hits. Research has shown that soup eaters who begin their meal with a hot bowl of pepper soup lose the most weight. Continue to drink clean water throughout the day, you need 8-10 cups to rehydrate. Don’t trust your thirst mechanism. Train yourself to drink the water your body needs.
Don’t Tempt Yourself
Plan meals based on the same healthy foods while using variety of fruits and vegetables to add excitement to your diet. A recent study proved that a variety of food in any category except fruits and vegetables caused subject to overeat and become obese. Increasing the variety of fruits has no effect on the body weight, but increasing the variety of vegetables can cause even greater weight loss! More praise for green things!
Feed On Demand
That’s a breast feeding term. Lots of mothers swear by it. It can work for dieters too. Eat when you are hungry and not when the clock (or someone else) tells you to. Wait until you hear that familiar growl. Or maybe it’s not too familiar to you. Reacquaint yourself with true hunger (but not a famished feeling). Feel that rumble in your stomach. Then eat. You’ll enjoy your food more-and eat less. Snacking plies up the calories.
Know When To Stop
There’s the catch. It’s not too hard for us to be sure when we are hungry. It’s much more difficult to tell when we are satisfied. Most of us lost our appetite control mechanism after childhood. Watch children. Pile foods on their plates. It doesn’t matter how sumptuous it is, when kids are finished, they are finished. They can’t be talked into another bite. “No, am full,” comes a firm answer. If they are ever coerced into overeating, they shove their plates back, make a face, rub their tummies, and groan, “Ugh! I’m full. My stomach hurts.”
Eat More To Burn
This trick sounds like it contradicts the last one. But every time you eat something, your metabolism kicks in to burn the calories. So don’t stuff yourself once, twice, three times a day. Research shows that people who eat most of their calories at one sitting gain the most weight (like those who skip breakfast and lunch and indulge themselves at dinner. Keep that light feeling in mind. Spread your food allotment throughout the day. Since you are eating mostly fruits and vegetable you won’t be loading up on fats and high-carbs. But you will be revving up your calorie-burning metabolism.
Many dieters punish themselves when they fall off the low-cal wagon. Don’t! Commit yourself to a lifetime of healthful eating and climb back on! (After all, don’t you want to look and feel good for the rest of your long life). Once you are at normal weight, eat healthily all week and then present yourself with a reward meal on the weekend (perhaps at your favourite restaurant).