1. Drink plenty of water. So many times you think you’re hungry or “need a treat”, when in reality, you just need a drink.
2. Think about what you can add to your diet, not what you should take away. Start by adding 5-9 fruits and veggies every day. You will feel more full from the volume of food you are eating, and won’t be as hungry because vegetables displace fat in the diet.
3. Consider whether you really are hungry or not. Sometimes we’re bored, or food is just sitting out. Make an eating schedule, so that you know whether it’s time to eat or not. I do, 7am, 9-10am, 11-12:30, 2-3pm, 5-6pm, & 7-8pm.
4. Stop eating 3 hours before you go to bed. If you keep eating, the number of calories for the day just keeps climbing. Stop early, and plan that you aren’t going to eat, so that you aren’t hungry. If you do need something, keep it small, and healthy.
5. Don’t bring your treats home. If you love cookies. Stop and buy one cookie, eat it and enjoy it there. Then you won’t have to worry about having treats in the house when you get weak later. Make sure you always have plenty of fruits and vegetables ready, so when you’re starving you can grab something healthy, quickly.
6. Eat 5-6 small meals a day. This is one of the most important keys to dieting. By eating every few hours, you are dramatically increasing your metabolism. You will burn calories so much more quickly!
7. Eat about 30% protein at every meal. Protein is more filling that fats or carbohydrates, and is the key to building muscle and reducing fat.
8. Find ways to reward yourself, and deal with stress that aren’t centered around food. This is a tricky one. Food is typically the center of everything fun. It still can be, but try to deal with stress with other means. Some good ways are massage, a nap, exercise, shopping, spending time with family or friends.
9. Have an active life. Find activities you like, and really get involved with them. If you like to run, plan on doing a race, and find friends to run with. If you like biking pick a goal, and have fun reaching it. I like lifting weights, and love doing it with my husband. It feels like a mini-date when we get to go to the gym together.
10. Eat food that is in season. It tastes better, and has more nutrients.