Success doesn’t come from strictly following a diet. It comes from making changes to the way you eat.
Here are more ways to work on losing weight without following a strict diet.
Losing Weight and Keeping It Off
Diets that restrict different foods and rely on frozen or pre-packaged foods make it difficult to maintain the weight loss over the long run.
If meals do not consist of more whole, unprocessed foods, it can be difficult to keep the weight off for good.
If you drastically restrict your food intake, it will cause your metabolism to slow down.
When your body perceives starvation, it will also store fat to survive so when you start to eat normal again, you will actually gain weight until your metabolism comes back to normal.
All those special meals and shakes that may be shipped to your door can be expensive and not practical for learning to eat more whole, unprocessed foods especially for long-term weight loss.
There are many diet food and supplement companies out there touting that weight loss is a breeze, however this is not true. It takes commitment to a healthier lifestyle, food choices and exercise every single day.
Making it sound so easy does more of a disservice and serves up empty promises.
Learning to Handle Special Occasions
When dining out or attending special events or parties, it may seem overwhelming at times. One of the best things you can do is eat some protein before going out to dinner or to a party.
De-stress the Body
Many times we turn to food for stress relief or simply comfort and that habit can pack on the pounds faster than you can shake a stick.
Journaling comes in handy to recognize any emotional triggers that lead to overeating. It can also help you figure our healthier choices when stressful situations strike.
Find other ways to soothe yourself.
- Enjoy a cup of green or herbal tea
- Take a warm bath
- Head to your nearest yoga or Pilates studio
It will make all the difference when it comes to keeping the weight off.
Avoid Distractions While Eating
Take a break from working on the computer, watching television or even driving when it is time to eat. It makes it too easy to engage in mindless eating and consuming too many calories.
Stock Up On Emergency Foods
Healthy foods that you always have available when hunger strikes can help keep you on track. Keep them in your purse, briefcase, car, office and home.
Good emergency foods include:
- Fresh vegetables like fresh peppers, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, etc. and pair them with hummus. Hummus is made with chick peas, a great protein source and is available in a variety of flavors including lemon, roasted red pepper or garlic to name a few.
- Organic apple with almond butter is another good choice. Fresh ground almond butter is always best as long as you portion out no more than 2 tablespoons. You can find individual packets of almond butter in the health food section where nut butters are sold in most grocery stores.
- Greek Yogurt with blueberries
Schedule Times to Indulge in Your Favorite Food
Use this trick strategically and you can still lose weight.
For example, if you absolutely love chocolate, then indulge in a small square of dark chocolate after lunch. It will help you not obsess about your favorite foods all the time while staying on track with your weight loss goals.