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Healthy Dieting Tips

Dieting is not Starving

Dieting does not mean eating less or keeping yourself starved. Dieting simply means eating differently and eating sensible food and less junk food. Sensible eating means choosing low fat, low sugar foods, lots of fruit, vegetables, beans, cereal, potatoes, wholegrain bread, rice & pasta, low fat dairy foods and modest amounts of lean meat & fish if needed, or try for its veg alternatives.

Following are the important diet mistakes that are committed which results into a disastrous attempt.

Some Common Diet Mistakes

  • Most dieters don't eat enough. Result -- They get so hungry that ultimately they give up.
  • Most dieters want to lose weight too fast. Result -- They get so impatient, they give up.
  • Most dieters don't understand fat. Result -- They eat all the wrong food available.

Hence one has to eat sensibly. Follow the following guidelines.

Don't Go Hungry and Avoid Food
Hunger is definitely your biggest enemy. Because if you stay hungry then it makes you feel miserable. And the end result is that you give up dieting and go back to the biscuits/cookies and all kinds of junk food you can lay your hands on. Unfortunately, most dieters still think that dieting means eating in small quantity - that's why most of them give up dieting and stay fat.

Avoid Fat
Avoid fat because it is no good for your health. Fat contains more than twice the calories of other nutrients. Fat in small quantity is ok i.e., you need no more than about 30 grams of fat per day. To do this, you must switch to low-fat options whenever possible. Switch to low-fat dairy products. Avoid high-fat foods like, fried breakfasts, fries, pastries, butter, mayonnaise, chocolate/candy and biscuits/cookies. Avoid red meat (beef, lamb, pork).

Eat Less Sugar
Sugar provides us with virtually no nutrients, so if we stopped eating it tomorrow we wouldn't be any less nourished. It is not your friend and so have as less sugar as possible in your diet. To do this you will have to reduce the amount of sugar you add to your tea or coffee or juice. Have cereals without sugar. Avoid non-diet soft drinks. Instead, enjoy diet drinks/minerals or 100% fruit juice. Avoid so-called treats like biscuits/cookies, chocolates/candy and cakes.

Eat More Fibre
Fibre is very important and you must include more fibre in your diet. Fibre contains far fewer calories than fat or sugar so it's an ideal slimming food. It also fills us up, so we feel nice and satisfied. It also helps to protect against a number of digestive complaints like constipation, diabetes, gallstones etc. High fibre, starchy foods include: whole meal bread, potatoes, pasta, brown rice, beans, peas, leafy green vegetables, sweet-corn, pulses, bran-based cereals, oat bran.

Eat More Fruits and Vegetables
Adding lots of fresh fruits and vegetables in your diet is not only good for reducing those extra weight but it makes your skin glow, hair shine and is very good for your health. Ideally, eat 4-5 helpings of fruit and 3-4 helpings of vegetables every day. Eat more salads; drink vegetable soups and green leafy vegetables in your daily diet. Add fruits in your cereals, drink fresh fruit juice without sugar or simply cut fruits into big pieces and munch on it.

Look into the Mirror - it will give you the real picture of your present gathering ...then go ahead....