If you are trying to lose weight, perhaps for health reasons or for an upcoming holiday you maybe tempted by the claims of weight loss success made by the various faddy diets currently available to try.
Unfortunately despite the claims, the reality is that many of these diets cannot live up to their own hype.
Most will not result in long-term weight loss results, with any weight lost likely to return as quickly as it is lost.
These faddy diets are also often dangerous, with some promoting the cutting of drastic amounts of calories or whole food groups. This can leave you lacking in vital nutrients vital for good health.
So how can you achieve your weight loss goals without using a faddy diet? Here are a few tips that are guaranteed to help:
#1: Eat healthier
To lose weight you most certainly do not need to starve yourself or cut out entire food groups. As mentioned already this will only lead to a nutrient deficiency that could affect your overall health.
Instead to see the weight loss results you crave I would instead suggest that you start eating healthier.
This means that you should cut back on the junk food and takeaways and instead replace them with foods such as the following:
- Lean meats
- Nuts and seeds
- Dried beans
- Whole grains
#2: Fill up on vegetables
When you fill up on vegetables you will leave less space for junk food so make sure you consume plenty.
Research has shown time and again that those who increase their intake of fruit and vegetables are more likely to lose weight.
Vegetables are low in calories, yet contain various nutrients that your body requires for good health.
#3: Watch those portions
As well as watching what you eat, you should also watch how much you eat too.
Even those healthy foods contain calories that will quickly mount up if you are not being careful.
Also, once you start to feel full do not feel obliged to finish everything that is on your plate. You are allowed to leave some, you could even put it one side or freeze it to consume later with certain foods.
#4: What are you drinking?
Unless you are drinking water then chances are what you are drinking will contain calories too.
In some cases it maybe several hundreds calories per drink too, which can certainly derail your other healthy habits.
Soft drinks are usually the worst offenders with many full of sugar. Even those made using sweeteners should be avoided too, as it has been shown that these may cause food cravings to occur.
The best drink for weight loss is water. This is because it contains zero calories, can curb your appetite and flush out the toxins that promote weight gain.
#5: Find your triggers
There are certain things that surround us that may trigger our cravings. To lose weight you will need to find out what your triggers are.
Here are a few ways to avoid your triggers:
- Record your TV shows and fast forward the adverts, therefore missing those food ads.
- Avoid canteens. Watching others eat may prompt your own hunger.
- Take a shopping list when grocery shopping and stick to it.
#6: Resist temptation
It maybe hard when you first start trying to avoid temptation, but with time it will become easier.
There is an acronym that you may want to use to help you overcome any temptation, RROAR, which stands for Remind, Resist, Organised Alternative, Remember and/or Reward:
- Remind yourself that you are the boss, and you control your own actions.
- Resist the temptation.
- Organised Alternative means that you should do something to take your mind off the temptation.
- Remember what your end-goal is.
Faddy diets will certainly not give you the long-term results you crave and may even cause lasting harm. Stick to these healthy weight loss tips though and before long you will start to see some good results.