Balanced Diet Tips for Weight Loss

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Balanced Diet Tips for Weight Loss

Here are eighteen balanced diet tips for weight loss.  When striving to lose weight, it’s important to have a plan.  Be it short term or long term, the steps you take to lose weight have to be what will work for you.

Take a look at these tips and see which tips will work for you.

Set Your Own Weight Loss Goals

Long term weight loss requires dietary and exercise changes.  Don’t just focus on losing weight.  Create a plan that you will follow and can attain.  Write down specific rules and goals like only eating healthy snacks and walking 30 minutes a day for five days.  Also practice disciplining yourself when you break one of the rules.

 

Commit to Reaching Your Goals

Commit to reaching your health, diet and weight loss goals.  If you stop when you lose X amount of pounds, chances are you will gain them back without a consistent diet.  Your health is a part of your long term lifestyle.

 

Create a Mantra or Mission Statement

Create your own personal mantra or mission statement to encourage your daily success.  Positive affirmations are a great and catchy way to remind yourself of your health and weight loss goals.  For example: Moments on the lips, forever on the hips; Healthy food promotes a good mood; A healthy cook has a good look.

 

Choose Health and Nutrition First

Make your health your primary goal with through nutrition.  When you create a daily lifestyle focused on eating right, you’re taking responsibility for your health.  Long term weight loss isn’t as hard as you think when your health is the priority.

 

Plan Ahead

As mentioned above, create a plan.  This also includes weekly meal plans.  It’s much easier to stick with your diet when you’re not contemplating what to cook, how long it will take, the required ingredients or just eating out.  With weekly meal plans you will already know what to have for breakfast lunch and dinner.

 

Be Consistent

Binging on junk food, skipping workout routines and losing sleep are the perfect way to waste your efforts and progress.  Weight loss and good health require consistency.  Know what works for you, so you don’t over or under do what you need to reach your weight loss goals.  The more time you spend away from your plan, the harder it will be to restart.  Just imagine how sore you’ll be when you get back to exercising.

 

Find Support

There is strength in numbers.  When you have the support of a health and weight loss partner you also have encouragement, positive energy, expectations, obligations and certainly motivation.  This is another tip that will make your weight loss easier to follow and your goals easier to reach.

 

Monitor Your Progress

Monitor your progress by keeping a journal.  This will identify what is working for you and what isn’t working at all.  It will also guide you into modifying and creating the perfect diet plan.  Monitor your lifestyle choices like eating and exercising habits, weigh yourself daily or weekly, keep track of what you eat and your caloric intake at each meal. Noticeable results will encourage more weight loss.

 

EAT Breakfast

As soon as you awake, drink 12 oz of water.  Eat breakfast within one hour of getting up each morning.  Breakfast is the most important meal of the day because it gives you energy to start the day and it will prevent inappropriate snacking – not to mention those embarrassing stomach gurgles during the 10AM meeting.

 

Know What to Eat & What Not to Eat

Most of your meal should consist of plant foods.  It’s important to also include protein since it is a required nutrient to sustain your health.  Consume a diverse mix of fruits and vegetables.  Eliminate the five white poisons as much as possible: white flour, white sugar, salt, dairy and white starches.  Reducing your sugar intake altogether will do wonders for your weight loss and waistline.

 

Control Cravings

Learn how to control your food cravings.  The first step is not to stock your kitchen shelves, bedroom drawers or living room wall unit with chips and cookies.  These are the biggest offenders.  Instead, have healthy snacks readily available and schedule snack time in your weight loss meal plans.

 

Avoid Food Triggers

Identify social, environmental and emotional triggers that will lead to poor eating.  Then create a workaround for each situation.  Once you’re aware of a trigger you can find ways to avoid it or simple prevent it.

 

Stop When You’re Full

It takes 15-20 minutes for your brain to receive the message that you’re full.  Eat slowly and eat more fruits and vegetables to create a full feeling sooner and than later.  Sticking to your meal plans, schedules and portions will also help you eat less and attain your weight loss goals.

 

Balanced Diet Foods Sabotage

Certain environments and people are known for encouraging overeating and poor eating habits.  Your workplace may have donuts, bagels, coffee and other yummy yet dangerous treats.  Then there are friends who beg you to share their French fries.  The fix: have a short response prepared. “My diet and health are really important to me.”  This will usually shame the opposition and reaffirm your goals in your mind.

 

Visual Inspiration

Take two pictures of yourself at the beginning of your diet plan.  Keep one on your person at all times and one on your refrigerator.  Next to each picture have inspiring picture of your ideal size.  This can be of a celebrity, your former size or someone you know.  Visual inspiration is another positive diet tip for weight loss.

Break Time

Set aside time(s) to meditate, think, pray, read or something calming.  During this time your food can digest properly.  Take an hour or more if possible to relax.  This will do wonders for your peace of mind, your mood, your body and your health

 

Adequate Sleep

Sleep seven to nine hours each night.  Yes, this may sound impossible, but it’s not.  Try going to bed earlier if you can’t sleep in each morning.  If you have difficulty falling asleep, take a walk or exercise in the evening to help exhaust your body.

 

Reward Weight Loss Success with a Treat

Reward your weight loss success and improved health with a treat.  Effective rewards are desirable, timely, and contingent on meeting your goals.  Smaller goals and smaller rewards are more feasible than big rewards with longer and more difficult effort.  Example treats are; going to the movies, buying a new item of clothing, a massage or a taking a trip.

Have you found any of these tips helpful?  Let us know which of our balanced diet food tips for weight loss work for you.

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For additional nutrition facts and health tips visit our Health and Nutrition page to start your balanced diet.

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Alana Johnson

Alana Johnson tries to enjoy the simple things in life and writes for the Lifestyle category on Quality Life Resources. Living in the small New England town of Norwalk, CT, she looks forward to the warm summer months. To submit your own article for my category, please click HERE. View all Self Improvement articles.