Many of us start with the best weight loss intentions but how many of us who start the working towards their goals actually see it through? We’ve put together 9 top tips to help give you the best chance to meet your diet goals!
1. Remind yourself why you want to lose weight
It’s a big decision to start a new diet. Once you’ve been doing it for a while some mornings you may wake up on the wrong side of bed and it can be hard to find the strength to continue and seem easier to go back to your old eating habits.
To keep yourself motivated at the start of your diet write down a list of reasons why you want to lose weight and what made you start the diet. Then every morning before you start your day read this to yourself to remind you of the motivation you felt on day one.
2. Are you hungry or thirsty?
Very often people will confuse thirst and hunger. If you aren’t drinking enough water your stomach will become empty and it can be all too easy to overeat to fill yourself up. It’s recommended that you drink at least 2 litres of water per day in order to keep yourself hydrated. Try to drink a glass of water before each meal and one between meals to help relieve your hunger pangs.
3. Create a schedule and stick to it
Eating meals at different times each day will cause confusion in your digestive system. If you eat lunch at 12:30 on Monday and then at 14:00 on Tuesday, you could start to feel hunger pangs as early as 12:30 on Wednesday afternoon, making you more likely to reach for snacks and break your diet. Aim to have your meals and snack at the same time every day. If you know you’ll be out and about on certain days making this trickier, our tasty and filling protein bars are perfect to keep hunger at bay when you’re on the go.
4. Avoid skipping meals
The whole idea of dieting is simple: take in less calories than you burn each day. It’s logical therefore to assume that skipping a meal will help in your weight loss efforts. This is not always the case. Often dieters who choose to skip breakfast, for example, will be much more likely to overeat during lunch or reach for snacks between meals so this can be counter-productive in weight loss efforts. For an optimum diet make sure you have 3 meals and a snack spaced throughout the day.
5. Make a date to check your weight
One of the biggest causes of a failed diet is losing motivation because the results are not always consistent or immediate. Many dieters will be become disheartened if they put on weight from one day to the next. The fact is there are many variables that contribute to your overall weight. These include the time since you have last eaten, how long since you woke up, how much water you have drank and when you last exercised. It is certainly common to see you have gained weight from day to day and feel your diet is not working.
For accurate results it is best to weigh yourself only once a week at the same time and ideally first thing in the morning to give you a true reflection of your progress. It’s also great to keep a little chart of your progress for motivation through the week.
6. Choose wisely
We do advise that while using Diet Chef you try your best to avoid alcohol. Alcohol has hidden calories and can cause you to break your diet by snacking or ordering take away. If you do want to have a couple of a drinks, then Diet Chef recommends Vodka Lime with a diet soda. At only 130 calories per serving this is a low calorie beverage but, like anything with dieting, please ensure you enjoy in moderation.
7. If you do cheat – burn it off
It can happen – you’ve had to run out of the house and you forget your diet foods or you don’t have access to a microwave and you’ve been too hungry to wait. When it does happen, the most important thing to do is to bounce back and burn it off.
A typical burger and chips weighs in at 600 calories whereas a typical Diet Chef dinner works out at around 350 calories. This 250 calorie deficit can be burnt off in a 2.5 mile brisk walk – this works out at just less than an hour’s walk. You will feel great that you’ve gone some-way to restoring your daily caloric deficit and it will also help you to realise how hard it is to burn something off that took a matter of minutes to eat.
8. Start a Diet Duo
Even with all these tips, it can still be very hard to go at it alone. Finding other dieters to join you on your adventure is a great way to increase motivation and focus. It can be your partner, sibling, friend or co-worker. It will be great for encouragement but also, if you are the competitive type, it can be a great to challenge your diet buddy to see who can lose the most weight healthily.
If you’re struggling to find a diet buddy there are loads of great online forums or Facebook groups where you can find dieters to share your progress and experiences with.
9. Everything in moderation
There’s no big secret to losing weight. The key is to eat less calories than you use. This doesn’t mean you need to give up your favourite meals but rather to control your portions to make sure that you’re not eating too much.
At Diet Chef we have over 100 filling and nutritious meals prepared for you. They are all perfectly portioned – you just add dairy, fruit & veg to your diet per day.
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