Diets are hard work. They can leave you feeling tired and empty. And they can leave you craving all your old favorites. Banning certain food types can also leave a gap in your nutritional intake. So what can you do to make your diet work better for you? Is there a way for you to enjoy being on a diet? And will the hunger ever go away?
Lots of diets are calorie controlled. They restrict your intake of food to bring your daily calories down to a low level. The idea is that you will burn more calories than you are eating. That way, you will start to lose weight. You need to burn off 3500 calories more than you eat to lose a pound. So a pound a week needs an extra burn of 500 calories a day.
This math is a bitter pill to swallow. For these figures to work, you may be eating as few as 1200 calories a day that is very difficult to do. To enjoy a little more food, you are going to have to get more active. Take some short walks throughout the day or a couple of classes at the gym each week. You can then eat the difference. Keep track with a good health app that records your activity and your food intake.
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Most of us just want rid of the excess fat on our bodies. It is thought to be impossible to pick and choose which parts of your body the fat will go to, or disappear from when you work out. However, there are some interesting supplements on the market that are thought to prevent fat from being stored in your body at all. There is a fruit called Garcinia Cambogia that is earning a lot of hype at the moment. Some companies offer sample bottles of Garcinia Cambogia if you apply online too.
Now you are preventing more fat from being stored in your body, you need to work that diet harder to get rid of what you already have. Fill up on vegetables that are naturally low in calories. Carrots are one of the good ones because you can enjoy them boiled, mashed, or even raw. This makes them versatile so they can fit into any meal or snack.
Don’t fill up on fruit, though. Fruits are naturally high in sugar, taking you over your recommended daily intake in just three or four portions. Have fruit daily, but keep it down to two portions. Lean meats are quite filling, and packed with muscle-building proteins. Fish is one of the best to choose. Eggs are low in calories so they can be a good alternative.
Find recipes on your diet plan that you enjoy. Some can be enhanced with spices and low-calorie sauces to make them tastier. If you are enjoying your meals, you will be more likely to stick to the diet. If the preparation time is putting you off, batch cook to freeze extra portions for later. Quick and easy. Setting yourself a time limit and recording your achievements can be another great diet motivator. Enjoy!