If you are looking to change or improve your diet, then you will benefit from this guide. At today’s hectic pace, it is quite difficult for people to stick to healthy diets. However, if you take a good look at your past failures, you will understand that there are many reasons why diets fail. Follow these 10 easy ways to start a diet at home and not only lose weight but also feel better in the process.
1. Keep things simple
Today there are hundreds of diets which claim to help you lose weight quickly. Vegan diet, paleo, GM, Ketogenic and other fancy sounding diets might sound healthy but most consist of eliminating certain food groups completely. If you feel you can do that- then by all means go ahead. However, you must remember that many elimination diets are known to lead to nutritional deficiencies. So, do get routine blood tests done from time to time and also take dietary supplements. You must also make sure to eat a wide variety of foods to prevent malnutrition.
2. Stop buying packaged goods
No more frozen meals: the moment you decide to make one change in your diet- this is it. Stop buying food that comes in a package- chips, cookies and frozen meals and so on. They contain artificial ingredients and preservatives that cause addiction which makes it harder to stop eating one. Secondly, the more fresh your ingredients, the more real nourishment your body gets. The key to changing your diet and improving it is to shop smart. Always carry a shopping list and never shop on an empty stomach. This way- you won’t add any unwanted items in your grocery cart.
3. Learn to read food labels-not just count calories
A good way to diet at home is to buy food having real nutrition -food that is minimally processed. Make sure you check the protein, sugar, sodium and carbohydrate content. The key is to cut carbs and, in its place, go for proteins and healthy fats. Instead of restricting your calorie intake, make sure you choose healthy, minimally processed items. You also must not fall for low-sugar, low-fat foods which are often packed with other ingredients to make up for the taste.
4. Do not starve or deprive yourself
These extreme tactics never work and they only leave you feeling hungry and low in energy. Instead, eat 4-6 small meals, exercise regularly and drink plenty of fluids.
5. Choose healthier replacements
Every meal/snack can be replaced with tastier and healthier options. For example, you can eat dried fruits or fresh or frozen fruits in place of calorific sweets. Similarly, you can replace high fat dairy cheeses with low fat soy or nut cheeses and butters. These are also packed with proteins and have healthier fats in them.
6. Stick to weekly menu planning
Even if you are unable to decide upon the exact dish you are going to make, you could at least allocate specific meals to each day of the week –for example, whole grain pasta on Monday, brown rice on Tuesday, beans and chicken on Wednesday and so on. Make sure you use healthy ingredients and fresh salads in every meal. This will help you to shop for fixed ingredients each week.
7. Pack your lunch to work
Avoid eating out and this includes your office cafeteria meals as well. You must avoid vending machines that are filled with unhealthy snacks. You could even eat lunch at a nearby park to escape eating in office- just make sure you park your car further n further away each day or walk all the way to eat your lunch.On road trips or outings, pack your snacks like healthy, unsalted peanuts, sliced fruits and veggies or low-fat cheeses.
8. Be careful what you drink
Many so-called-healthy beverages tend to pack hundreds of calories so stay away from those. Also reduce the intake of alcohol. Wherever possible, opt for water or herbal teas.
9. Quit the ‘clean your plate club’
While we should not waste food, we can certainly take care with the portion sizes. If not, save the leftovers for later.
There is a direct correlation between sleeping for 8 hours, lower stress an appetite. So, you must sleep well (at least 8 hours a day) but also exercise daily. DO not make excuses for the weather since you will start making excuses for every little thing then. Once you make exercise a habit, you will not quit for life.
Try these 10 easy ways to diet at home and see the difference in your health and well being.