Diet Tips

Here are some diet tips

and advice on losing weight through diets.  Remember though you should seek medical advice if you are reducing body weight by very much, or you are taking prescription drugs of any sort.
Here is probably the biggest diet tip ever!  When we discover that we are heavier than we want to be, we have a natural inclination to eat less food.  We may skip lunch or eat only a tiny amount of our dinner in the hope that if we eat less our body will burn off some of its fat.  But that is not necessarily true.  Eating less actually makes it more difficult to lose weight.

Keep in mind that the human body took shape millions of years ago, and at that time there were no diets The only low-calorie event in people’s lives was starvation. Those who could cope with a temporary lack of food were the ones who survived. These diet tips will help you in today’s world.

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Our bodies, therefore, have developed this built-in mechanism to help us survive in the face of low food intake. Rather than skip meals here are some diet tips on healthy menu planning

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When researchers compare overweight and thin people, they find that they eat roughly the same number of calories.  What makes overweight people different is the amount of fat that they eat. Thin people tend to eat less fat and more complex carbohydrates.

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Diet Tips 1

Losing weight is not something one can do overnight.  A carefully planned weight loss programme requires common sense and certain guidelines. Being seriously overweight and particularly obesity can develop into a number of diseases and serious health problems, and it is now a known fact that when calorie intake is excessive, some of the excess is frequently saturated fat.

The myth is that people get heavy by eating too many calories.  Calories are a consideration it’s true, but overall they are not the cause of obesity today. We actually take in fewer calories each day than they did at the beginning of last century.

If calories alone were the reason we become overweight, we should all be thin.  But we are not.  Collectively, we are heavier than ever.  Partly, it is because we are more sedentary now.  But equally, as important is the fact that the fat content of our diet has changed dramatically.

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Diet Tips 2

People who diet without exercising often get fatter with time. Although your weight may initially drop while dieting, such weight loss consists mostly of water and muscle.  When the weight returns, it comes back as fat.  To avoid getting fatter over time, increase your metabolism by exercising regularly.

Once you have made up your mind to lose weight, you should make that commitment and go into it with a positive attitude.  We all know that losing weight can be quite a challenge.  In fact, for some, it can be downright tough.  It takes time, practice and support to change lifetime habits.  But it’s a process you must learn in order to succeed.  You and you alone are the one who has the power to lose unwanted pounds.

For help with this go to Goal setting

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Diet Tips 3

Think like a winner, and not a loser; remember that emotions are like muscles and the ones you use most grow the strongest. If you always look at the negative side of things, you’ll become a downbeat, pessimistic person.  Even slightly negative thoughts have a greater impact on you and last longer than powerful positive thoughts.

Negative thinking doesn’t do you any good; it just holds you back from accomplishing the things you want to do.  When a negative thought creeps into your mind, replace it, reminding yourself that you’re somebody, you have self-worth and you possess unique strengths and talents.

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Diet Tips 4

Contemplate what lies ahead of you, take the holistic approach.  Losing weight is not just about diets.  It’s about a whole new you and the possibility of creating a new life for yourself.  There are success stories across the country today, on television in newspapers and magazines, about people who have miraculously lost untold pounds and kept it off.  In all instances they say their mental attitude as well as their outlook on life has totally changed.

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Keep in mind, too, that your weight loss programme will most likely include some physical exercises.  Look at the exercising aspect of your programme as fun and recreation and not as a form of gruelling and sweaty work.  The fact is that physical fitness is linked inseparable to all personal effectiveness in every field.  Anyone willing to take the few simple steps that lie between them and fitness will shortly begin to feel better, and the improvement will reflect itself in every facet of their existence.

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More Diet Tips

  • When hunger hits, wait 10 minutes before eating and see if it passes.
  • If it doesn’t, drink a glass of water or eat a piece of fruit
  • Set attainable goals.
  • Don’t say, “I want to lose 50 pounds.”  Say, “I want to lose 5 pounds a month.”
  • Get enough sleep but not too much.
  • Try to avoid sugar.  Highly sweetened foods tend to make you crave more.

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Drink six to eight glasses of water a day.  Water itself helps cut down on water retention because it acts as a diuretic.  Taken before meals, it dulls the appetite by giving you that “full feeling.”

Substitute activity for eating.  When the cravings hit, go to the health club if possible; or dust, or walk around the block. This is especially helpful if you eat out of anger.

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If you’re a late-night eater, have a carbohydrate, such as a slice of bread or a cracker, before bedtime to cut down on cravings.  Keep an orange slice or a glass of water by your bed to quiet the hunger pangs that wake you up.

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Weigh yourself once a week at the same time.  Your weight fluctuates constantly and you can weigh more at night than you did in the morning, a downer if you stuck to your diet all day.

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Make dining an event.  Practice the art of food arranging to make your meal, no matter how meager, look lovely.  This is a trick that helps chronic over-eaters pay attention to their food instead of consuming it unconsciously.

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Don’t shop when you’re hungry.  You’ll only buy more fattening food.  Avoid finger foods that are easy to eat in large amounts. Avoid consuming large quantities of fattening liquids, which are so easy to overdo.  And this includes alcoholic beverages.

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Haven’t lost weight yet?   Keep reading these diet tips. Oh yes and you do have to put the diet tips in place otherwise they will not work!

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Keep plenty of crunchy foods like raw vegetables and air-popped fat-free popcorn on hand.  They’re high in fiber, satisfying and filling.  Leave something on your plate, even if you are a charter member of the Clean The Plate Club.  It’s a good sign that you can stop eating when you want to, not just when your plate is empty.

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Casseroles are a delicious alternative to top of the stove cooking, great cold weather food.  Pressure cookers are another option, ideal for cheap cuts of meat, that when using traditional methods need a long cooking time.  Soups can be made quickly and the juices and goodness are all locked in.

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Microwave ovens are very versatile but it is easy to get into the habit of using them for fast food, rather than actual cooking.  Look at your cooking habits and see if you’re making the most of healthy options.

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Even more Diet Tips

  • Lose weight for yourself, not to please your partner, your parents or your friends.
  •  Make the kitchen off-limits at any time other than mealtime.
  •  Always eat at the table, never in front of the TV.
  •  Concentrate on eating every mouthful slowly and savoring each morsel.  Chew everything from 10 to 20 times and count!
  •  Never skip meals!
  • Balance your meals so that you use a variety of cooking methods.  The frying pan is easy but not necessarily the healthiest option.  If you use it on a regular basis try using “light” cooking oil.
  • Steaming the vegetables helps to keep them from going soggy and over cooked; it also retains more of the goodness.
  • Roasting bags are excellent for chicken and joints but they are also useful for chops and smaller cuts, the food stays moist, retaining more goodness, the juice should be used as the base for gravy or a sauce.  But wait there’s more!  The oven stays clean.

 

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Here are some diet tips on how to prepare a few of those high health foods that you may not like!!

Liver

Liver is a great source of iron but unfortunately it doesn’t fit in too well with some of the trendier dishes that people prefer today, so it’s not a popular choice.  Here’s an easy and quick way that you can use liver and get the benefit of all that goodness.  Use the recipe for Stroganoff but substitute liver for beef.  Choose lambs liver and buy it whole, not sliced.  Remove the skin, then using only the best part of the liver cut it into thin slices then into strips. The slices should be no more than an eighth of an inch thick.  Coat the strips in seasoned flour, then, proceed as for Stroganoff, serving it on a bed of brown rice.

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Prunes

Prunes aren’t very exciting in their dried up and wrinkled state, it’s no wonder people are put off by their appearance.  Try soaking them for a few days and they become a different fruit altogether.  Choose an airtight container that will go into the fridge and half fill it with prunes.  Sprinkle with sugar if desired, cover with boiling water then seal. Once cooled, store them in the fridge for two or three days before eating.  A drop of brandy or Masarla can be added for extra flavor.  Serve with yoghurt or cereal for breakfast, or try them with rice or custard for a dessert.

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Porridge Oats

As oats are recommend for controlling cholesterol and heart disease, and also help maintain energy levels, try to use them as often as you can.
If you don’t get the opportunity to eat oats for breakfast, or you simply don’t like them, try adding a handful to stews and similar dishes.  They can be used to thicken the sauce and blend in so well you don’t notice them.

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Sardines

Sardines are rich in essential fatty acids and iron, but most people have no idea how much goodness is packed into one of those little tins.  Try incorporating them into your diet as a snack.  Grilled sardines with tomatoes on toast packs a nice healthy punch, as the tomatoes are a rich source of antioxidant, and the snack is so quick to prepare.

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Yoghurt

Live or bio yoghurt contains bacteria which help to keep the digestive system healthy.  Plain yoghurt is ideal to eat at any time and is delicious when teamed with fresh fruit or nuts.  A yoghurt maker is a good investment if you are not handy to the shops.  They are very economical, easy to use and you can experiment with all your favorite flavors

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Remember this is not  “Die-ting” but dieting! so don’t take it too seriously or too vigorously, have fun.  Diet tips do work, but see your Doctor if the gain persists!

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For more information on Healthy Eating, try one of these pages.

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Super Foods  The key to good health is always about balance, however if you can source super foods that are high in nutrients you will get the most benefit. Here is how.

Healthy Menu Planning     Some healthy menu planning strategies to give you weekly menus.

Healthy Cooking    This is about choosing a cooking method that delivers optimum health benefits. Most people get comfortable with a cooking method and stick to it, but there are options and on this page explore the various cooking methods available to you.

Vitamin Source    In a perfect world we would all be eating the vitamin source in a healthy diet, so there would be no need for vitamin supplements. The reality is that most of us at some time or other will need to boost our diet with vitamins.

Food Safety    Learn about critical food safety and how to avoid food poisoning.

Benefits of Water    The benefits of water are enormous. Water is our body’s vital fuel, a health drink from mother nature. It’s calorie free, inexpensive and easily obtained.

Healthy Eating   Back to the home page of healthy eating.

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