10 Tips Before You Diet

Okay, you finally made the decision, it is time to go on a diet. Not a problem, right? If you’re like me you’ve tried several diets in the past. Let’s consider that thought for a minute. Is this diet attempt going to be just a passing fad as in the past? Or are we really serious about losing weight this time? Let’s stop and consider the following 10 tips from https://www.sportzfuel.com/ before you diet.

  1. Identify your motivation; is your decision to go on a diet based on vanity or health? If you just want to lose 5 pounds to look better in that new outfit  for a special occasion, then vanity rules. You will reduce how much you eat for a short period of time, lose the 5 pounds, and look great. You’ve done this before and know it works, but at the same time you know in the back of your mind you’ll gain it all back – and then some. In my humble opinion, after seeing the obesity statistics for a large portion of the world, all dieting should be health motivated
  2. See your doctor; regardless of your motivation always meet with your doctor before going on a diet and exercise program. A quick examination and a couple of tests will help rule out issues that might keep you from moving forward. Be smart, don’t run the risk of injury or serious health issue by thinking you can move forward on your own.
  3. Set realistic goals; most medical sources suggest that 2 to 4 pounds weight loss per month is acceptable under normal healthy conditions. However, for those of us that want to look better at the beach in a month there is hope. Many popular diet plans will help you lose as much as 14 pounds in 2 to 4 weeks. Set a long term goal of what you want to weigh then find a plan that will take you there in a reasonable amount of time, and help you maintain that weight.
  4. Keep a food journal; record what and how much you eat and drink for at least a week, two weeks is better. Write down the calories and portion sizes of everything. Of course it depends on gender, age and weight, but the average calories per person per day is 2,000. Your food journal will provide an eye-opening event as you learn how many calories you take in.
  5. Take a photo of yourself; do you chose not to look at your reflection in a mirror or store window? For many there is no greater motivation to lose weight than seeing yourself in a group photo. If you don’t like the way you look carrying around extra weight, then take that group photo or just your image and put it in a prominent place where you will see it several times each day.
  6. Research popular diet plans; find out as much as possible about each diet plan that might appeal to you. How do they work? What are the expectations? What are the food limitations? What and how much exercise is involved? Read reviews, good and bad. Talk with friends and associates who you know are dieting. What do they like and dislike?
  7. Determine what will work best for you; find what will be most comfortable for you, whether its counting calories, points, portion size, regimented menus, pre-packaged foods, or whatever else may be available. Chose a plan that fits your personality.
  8. Make a commitment; make a vow to yourself that you will succeed. Include your goal, put it in writing and place it above your photo.
  9. Join with a friend or group; this should not be a “misery loves company” attitude, rather a forum for encouragement and celebration. Find a friend or group that is pursuing the same plan and become involved. Success for many comes from having someone to share with along the way.
  10. No surrender; many of us fail in dieting because we surrender to temptation. In almost any stage of dieting we are tempted, sometimes by hidden cravings, to give up and go back to our old ways. Or we reach our goal and believe we can revert to our old eating habits. As most of us know, you gain back what you lost and then some. Our body is a marvelous system. If we don’t surrender along the way, our body will adapt and thrive on the improved nutrition. And we will be a more healthy and happy person.