You have finally made the commitment to do something good for yourself by losing that extra weight you have gained. Dieting does not have to be scary or stressful. With just a little know how from Dieting for Idiots; your dieting experience can be a positive (even fun) experience. Here, Dieting for Idiots, shares dieting tips that have been tried and proven to work.
It's a life change not a one-time thing. Crash diets don't work because the dieter does not permanently change their eating habits. Instead of crash dieting, Dieting for Idiots suggests that you change your eating habits. Read our article on basic nutrition and you will get the basics of what a nutritious diet is made up of.
Health through Fitness: By eating a healthy diet, you fight aging, cancer, heart disease, and--as an added bonus, you lose weight. Always fit exercise into your daily routine. If you are not one for going to the gym, then a workout schedule is not for you. Don't set yourself up for failure; devise an exercise routine that you can live with. Dieting for Idiots suggests that you do little things that can add up: take the stairs instead of the elevator, walk to lunch instead of driving there, park far away from the mall so that you have to walk those extra few feet, and stand up and do five minutes of stretching once every hour. What to Drink: Drink eight glasses of water every day.
Our bodies are 80% water and sodas (even sugar free ones), juice, coffee, and alcohol do not replace the fluid we lose daily. Drinking water makes us feel full so we eat less. Water also hydrates the skin; relieving dryness and giving our skin more elasticity (giving a more youthful appearance). If you are one of those people who need to have some type of flavor to their drink: try adding fresh juices like lemon, orange or cranberry to your water. You can also add fresh berries like blackberries, strawberries, and blueberries.
The result is low calorie water with the nutritional benefits of fresh fruit. Do Not Add Stress to your Diet: Do not weigh yourself every day. By weighing in every day you are putting too much mental stress on the aspect of loosing weight--and not enough emphasis on the goal of becoming healthier. Weigh yourself about once every 7-10 days. Don't be discouraged if you have only lost a pound or two.
Remember that it is two pounds lost, not gained. Researchers have found that people who loose weight slowly are more likely to keep it off. What to Cook: Learn to cook low fat.
There are many great cookbooks on the market offering new, unique, and flavorful dishes that will help you meet your goals. Even if you don't know how to cook, the easy step-by-step directions in low fat cookbooks will have you off and running in no time. Many local parks and recreation centers offer low fat cooking classes. Not only will you be learning a new skill and getting healthy, but you will also be getting out of your house and socializing. Dieting for Idiots hope that you will try our dieting tips.
If you do, soon you will be getting healthier (and loosing weight) in a way that is fun, simple, and stress free. Happy dieting!.