Nutrition - Diets
Diets are a good effective way to lose weight, but they do require dedication and motivation. Sometimes low calorie food can be boring and bland as is not as appealing as food you would usually choose to eat, therefore it is easy to go off track – this can spoil your whole diet and effect weight loss. Snacking in between meals is a bad habit that is best broken, you will gain weight by snacking you are much more better of sticking to your main meals but if you do feel the urge to snack eat a piece of fruit.
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and will kick start your metabolism for the day, helping you digest food more quickly.
If a diet is combined with regular exercise a good weight loss is achievable. Weight loss typically involves the loss of fat, water & muscle. Normally when people lose weight it is a combination of fat and muscle, the more muscle you have the more calories you will burn naturally.
Diets usually consist of low fat, low calorie & low carbohydrate foods. Drinking plenty of water is also good practice and will help you flush out your system. It is also a good idea to take multi vitamins whilst dieting to ensure you are getting all the nutrients your body requires, although if you follow a good diet you should get these naturally from fresh fruit & vegetables.
Fad diets & crash diets should be avoided as they are not a healthy way to lose weight and generally once you stop them you will gain all the weight you have lost and maybe more.
Diet success will differ between people, one diet may be suitable for one person but not another. Metabolisms are different from person to person, some people will react well do a diet and lose weight quickly others will have to diet for longer and have to work harder at it to achieve their desired weight.
Regular exercise will also help you to lose weight as well as making you healthier and increasing stamina, combined with a diet you will lose weight quicker as well as toning up your body.
Lifestyles can effect your weight, many people have busy lives and do not have time for healthy home-made food, often opting for takeaways, fast food or junk food. Eating these types of food on a regular basis is not good for you and do not contribute towards a healthy balanced diet.
Diet food does not have to be bland & boring, there are many variations of low fat, low calorie food you can eat, and you can still treat yourself, deserts do not have to be missed, there are many low calories puddings available on the market, so if you have a sweet tooth you don't have to be denied a treat. There are also many recipes for interesting, tasty, healthy, low calorie meals. You do not want your diet to feel like a punishment.
It is easy to track of what you eat throughout the day try keeping a 'food diary' this will help you to keep an eye on what you are consuming through the day ensuring you do not over eat.
If you are going to go on a diet make sure you eat plenty of fruit and vegetables and that you are getting enough vitamins and nourishment from your food.