Going on a diet is great, but staying sane while you’re knocking back green smoothies is a challenge, even for the most stoical among us. Fortunately, there are many strategies and tools that you can use to stay the course and get the results you want.
Here’s everything you need.
A Fully-Stocked Spice Rack
You need alternative ways of flavoring your food when you come off fat and salt. Your best bet is to use herbs and spices, preferably fresh, if you can get them.
Herbs and spices stimulate your taste buds and help to keep your food interesting. Eating a bland potato every day can soon turn into a chore. But when you combine it with some fresh chili or parsley, it can make a world of difference.
Something To Chew On In The Evening
Overeating food in the evenings is one of the biggest causes of weight gain and poor health. Science suggests that most people do best when they stack their calories up in the morning and just eat a light dinner – if any.
Keeping the munchies at bay in the evening, however, is a challenge. Unless you have something, like Bazooka gum, to put in your mouth, you can find yourself reaching for the ice cream. Where possible, try to keep your mouth busy with low-calorie, chewable products.
Convenient Healthy Foods
Living healthily is difficult enough by itself. But when you add complicated recipes that take hours to prepare, it isn’t surprising that many people fall off the bandwagon. It is just human nature.
Ideally, therefore, you want to pre-prepare food in your fridge so that you can whip up something quick, should the desire for snacking come knocking.
Here are some ideas for the kind of food you could keep on-hand, ready to go the moment you need it:
- Celery and carrot sticks
- Fresh, homemade hummus
- Cooked, whole-grain pasta
- Tinned tomatoes and beans
- Bags of pre-chopped salad
Now think about how easy it would be to whip up a quick, healthy meal if you had all those ingredients to hand!
A Treat At Breakfast
Dieting can often seem like a chore, but no rule says that being healthy needs to be boring – quite the reverse, in fact. Plants, it turns out, contain an abundance of health-promoting compounds. The wider variety of these that you eat, the healthier you’ll be. Health gurus, therefore, recommend that people make their breakfasts as enjoyable as possible.
If you eat porridge, then try adding all kinds of different fruits and nuts. You could try apple, passion fruit, papaya, mixed berries, pistachios, flaxseed, and almonds, to mention just a few.
A High Intake Of Fiber To Keep You Full
Going on a diet is tough because you have to reduce calories. But when you add fiber, you instantly make it much more bearable. Fiber bulks out your stomach, sending signals to your brain that you’re full. In turn, this reduces cravings and makes it far easier to avoid snacking in the evenings.