So you love food. But you’d also love to lose some of that excess weight. Could it ever be possible to achieve?
Admittedly, it can be a tough mission. But with a clear goal, strong will and determination, and these simple, but effective tips, you can be on your way to finally achieve your long-desired goal.
No, this does not involve a math equation, at least not so much. Substitution simply means replacing the usual food items or ingredients you use with something healthier or less in caloric content.
For example, if you love ice cream, you don’t have to take it out of your diet completely. All you need to do is make sure to get one that has fewer calories/carbs/sugar or whatever metric you’re looking at.
If you like fruits, go for the fresh ones instead of the dried version. Dried fruits are heavier in calorie content and do not leave you as full as fresh ones do. As for bread, you can replace the regular white bread with whole wheat or multigrains. If you really love white bread, then there are brands that do offer much lower calories.
Stick to Your Grocery List
If you like preparing your meals, then planning what to prepare for the rest of the week shouldn’t be too much of a task for you. The challenge is in sticking to the items on your grocery list. More often than not, we end up coming across an item that does not belong in the plan, but we make room for it anyway because we like it.
This shouldn’t be too much of a big deal, but it is likely to become a problem if you end up buying more stuff outside of your list than what’s actually in it. You want to keep faithful to your list because supposedly, this is reflective of your game plan for the week.
Try not to deviate from it too much, otherwise, you might find yourself missing your own goals because you broke your own plan. Besides, it’s just much more cost-efficient that way.
Subscribe to Meal Plans
If you’re not too fond of preparing meals, but would like to have them ready in an instant, consider subscribing to meal plans. These programs are great for getting you healthy diet meals on the ready.
All you have to do is choose what kind of diet you’d like to follow (low-carbs, low sugar, vegan, paleo, keto, etcetera), select the dishes from the menu that you’d like to have, and voila! You’ll have it delivered to your doorstep in no time.
This is especially great for those who usually have a hard time sticking to a meal plan because they don’t actually have one.
Set Up Your Environment for Success
By this, we mean, hide those sweets and treats. The more you see them, the more you’re tempted to make an easy grab for them. Put them high up on the shelf, or anywhere else that would require a bit more effort on your part to get to them.
You don’t have to throw them all away, because you do deserve to treat yourself once in a while, too. But the point is to instead surround yourself with easy-access, healthy options, like fresh fruits and vegetables. Remember the food substitution tip above? That would come in handy for this particular step.
Ultimately, you only need to be more mindful about the choices you make, so that you can finally stick to a healthy diet plan.