Its natural to want a fast solution -to make unwanted weight disappear as quickly as possible. Instead of a healthy diet plan, most people choose a very strict diet. Unfortunately, research shows that most people cant follow a very strict diet for long. They break the diet, go on a binge and end up weighing more than they did when they started. To lose excess weight and keep the weight off permanently requires a change of mindset. Dont think of being on a short -term diet. Instead, you are making a permanent change in your eating regime. This means you need a permanent healthy diet plan which gets the weight off and also fits in with your own special needs and your likes and dislikes. Plan to eat healthy food such as those listed below most of the time. Occasionally, say once a week or so, you can eat the rich food that is not on the usual healthy diet plan. If once a week you go out to dinner and have a few cocktails, enjoy a lavish buffet and desserts, there is no need to feel you have broken the diet. There is certainly no need to feel guilty and punish yourself by bingeing and overeating. Just return to your healthy diet plan at the next meal, accepting that the occasional time away from it is expected. To succeed in weight loss, as in life, you dont have to be perfect. You just need to follow a healthy diet plan 80% to 90% of the time. Here are some general guidelines to follow.
Eat wholefoods as far as possible with as few additives as possible. Sensitive bodies can be irritated by additives which are included in modern food to enhance flavour, colour and appearance. The irritation may cause medical problems large and small and which slow down weight loss. Wholefoods include food in its basic, least processed form-all vegetables and fruit, meat, chicken, fish, tofu and other vegetarian substitutes for meat.
Eat more vegetables. If your lunch or dinner is served on a plate, the vegetables would fill half the plate. ( One quarter could contain the protein and the other quarter a starchy carbohydrate such as rice or potatoes.) Eat a variety of vegetables. Try to eat 5 to 9 types of vegetables a day. That way you will gain all the minute micro-nutrients that are in all vegetables. To eat enough vegetables in the most convenient way, you may choose to have vegetarian meals two or three times a week.
Eat two pieces of fruit a day. They make excellent snacks.
Drink 6-8 glasses of water a day, more if you are physically active.
Limit alcohol intake
Alcohol is a willpower killer. After a few drinks , your inner resolve and willpower can disappear. For this reason alone, it is important to limit your alcohol intake while you are trying to lose weight. Have at least 5 alcohol-free days each week. Another reason to cut alcohol down or out altogether while you are losing weight is that it has lots of calories-empty calories that do nothing for your health.
One reason why people following a healthy diet plan do not lose weight is because the servings they eat are too large, At each meal, the protein component of the meal should be no bigger than the palm of your hand. If you are a short person (like me !) you may have a small palm and so have to eat less than your tall friend with the bigger palm.