Although sticking to a weight loss diet is considered by most people to be one of the most challenging tasks, there are some ways in which you can make the best of this tough process and make it something that you even enjoy.
The key is to ease into it and simplify the process, not making it an impossible endeavor, making an effort to stick to a tight regimen of clean fat burning foods right from the start.
Top 21 Diet Tips for Beginners
Taking small steps and easing into your fat loss program is the key.
This way, you are not overwhelmed with trying to start living a lifestyle that you are not accustomed to yet.
And so you will have a much greater chance in seeing success and making it to the end of your journey.
So with that said, here are twenty one easy diet tricks that you can start applying to your weight loss regimen which will help you to lose weight and keep it off for the long term.
1. Eat Anything You Want
Eat anything you want; really?
The key to losing weight for the long term is not starving or depriving yourself of every single type of food that you love.
This is a sure way to failure on your diet.
In fact, the belief that you have to starve yourself to lose weight is just a myth that you should get out of your head.
They key is to keep the consumption of your favorite foods under control and in moderation.
It is really not the food that will make you gain weight but how much of it that you end up eating.
Eating one cookie or slice of bread is not going to prevent you from losing weight if you are still in your caloric range for the day.
So if you are just starting out on a diet, then do not deprive yourself.
You just need to discipline yourself enough to eat the right portions of those foods and not overindulge.
2. Stop When You’re Satisfied
The key to a diet that you can maintain for the long run is to eat only until you have satisfied your hunger and stop there.
And when you start to monitor your hunger when eating a meal, it’s pretty easy to do.
Sometimes, you need to outsmart your body and this is a great way to do so.
You can implement several different tricks to slow down the process of your meal and give your body enough time to know when you are full.
Try putting down your utensils after every bite and make sure that you chew your food very slowly, enjoying every bite.
Then be sure to sip a glass of water mixed with lemon in between bites of food.
Finally, deliberately using a smaller plate for your meals works wonders to trick your mind into believing you are eating a well loaded portion of food.
3. Incorporate More Vegetables
Loading up on low carb foods is a one of the most basic and effective ways to succeed on your diet that works wonders.
Aside from providing loads of essential nutrients that your body needs to stay healthy, vegetables are extremely low in carbs and conveniently rich in fiber which will give you that feeling of fullness early on in your meal and will last for hours.
Vegetables contain much fewer calories than all other carbohydrates too.
So filling your plate with lots of green vegetables like broccoli will help to keep you feeling full long after your meal and therefore helping you to eat fewer calories throughout the day.
4. Order The Smallest Portion
It common instinct for most people to feel they have to eat every last bit of food that they have in front of them.
This may come from conditioning when they were a child and their parents told them that they weren’t leaving the dinner table if they didn’t eat everything on their plate.
It is very common for foods that are served in restaurants to be placed on big plates with oversized portions.
This is to make the customer feel they are getting their money’s worth.
So a great trick when eating out is to order the smallest portion available, which may often times be on the children’s menu.
5. Always Have An Appetizer
A great way to prevent overeating when dining out is to order a large salad or a bowl of water-based soup as an appetizer before your main meal (avoid cream based soups).
This simple trick of eating low carb foods like soup and salad before your main meal will actually make you eat fewer calories when the main course comes.
Appetizers like these will start taking the edge off of your hunger and actually start filling up your stomach up, leaving a smaller space in your stomach for the main course.
The real bonus is that a bowl of salad that contains leafy greens and vegetables (choose your dressing wisely) or a bowl of soup (make sure that it is water based) contain very few calories and are perfect foods for weight loss.
6. Skip The Bread Basket
The dreaded basket of soft, warm bread just out of the oven is almost a given at just about every restaurant.
But those empty calories will do your diet no justice and after the first bite will tend to make you crave even more.
Even despite the high calorie content from the carbs, you will tend to feel hungrier.
So if you can help it, avoid the bread at all costs (unless you are carb cycling) and opt for a low calorie appetizer as mentioned in the section above.
7. Don’t Eat Everything on Your Plate
If you are eating out and ordering a smaller portion is not an option, then make sure that you leave something on your plate.
This may be a challenge for some people who think that they are wasting food if they don’t eat everything they have been served.
As mentioned above, the food portions that are served at restaurants are often too big for someone who is on a restricted calorie diet to eat.
So if you don’t let your guilt get in the way, or if you simply don’t want to take the other half home, leave at least one fourth of the food on your plate.
You can eat anything, just don’t eat everything.
8. Drink More Water
This is probably the simplest and least expensive diet tip of them all. When you start feeling the urge to eat, chug down a tall glass of water.
Sometimes when the body is dehydrated, people will mistake being thirsty with being hungry.
Oftentimes the hunger pang gets satiated just by drinking a glass of water, proving it was just thirst and not actual hunger.
9. Avoid Eating While Watching TV
This one is common and will always sabotage your weight loss efforts.
Most often, people find comfort in eating while watching TV and lose track of how much food they have eaten.
Without noticing, they have already consumed an entire pack of chips or a whole container of ice cream.
If you are spending time with your family watching your favorite program then just be smart and opt for foods which have fewer calories.
Snack on something like fresh broccoli, celery sticks with peanut butter or try snacking on a handful of almonds instead.
Or, if you want you can try a low carb protein snack like beef jerky.
10. Have A Snack Before Social Events
If you are going to a social event in which you know there is going to be lots of foods that will not go along well with your weight loss plan, make sure you snack on something before you head out.
Simply having an apple or a handful of nuts before you go to a party will do the trick well.
When you are hungry and you have a variety of poor choices in front of you, the odds are you will cave in and blow your diet.
On the other hand, when you already have something in your system, you will be able to control your cravings and make much better food choices.
11. Keep Healthy Snacks In Your Bag
A trick of successful dieters is to always be prepared.
Carrying smart snacks like a small pack of almonds or dried fruit is perfect for times when you are in need.
So if you are out running errands or you left work late and are getting really hungry on the way home, you will have something healthy that will quell your hunger instead of grabbing that pizza or burger from around the corner.
This will keep you sane till the next meal.
12. Avoid Sugary Beverages
When it comes to dealing with thirst, water or a good detox tea such as Green or Oolong is always the best option to hydrate your body.
Water contains zero calories and teas are next to nothing, while other beverages such as sodas, fruit juices and popular energy drinks contain more than a hundred calories per can or per serving.
Avoid any of these types of drinks, even the “healthy” fruit juices in order to eliminate a vast amount of empty calories that will prevent you from losing weight.
13. Go For The Whole Grains
If you are on an eating plan that allows for you to eat carbohydrates, go for the whole grain low glycemic carbs and avoid any type of high glycemic simple carbs such as white breads.
Simple carbs like breads made with white flour spike insulin in your body and will only make you crave more of them.
Refined carbohydrates also easily convert into sugar, which if left unburned, will be easily stored as fat.
14. Never Miss Breakfast
It has always been said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day.
It only makes sense since breakfast provides you with all of the essential nutrients that your body needs to control your hunger first thing in the morning and then energize your activities throughout the day.
So start your day out right by activating your metabolism and keeping your hunger at bay by eating a healthy weight conscious breakfast.
And if you don’t have time for a hot cooked meal first thing in the morning, protein shakes make a great alternative and can be prepared in no time at all.
15. Sneak Small Workouts in Throughout the Day
Although not necessarily a diet tip, this one is still essential and will help you a long way.
Exercise is important when you are trying to drop the pounds but you don’t necessarily need to go to the gym to get a bit of a workout in.
This is true especially if you have a limited amount of time to commit.
You can easily start creating simple calorie burning habits throughout the day like using the stairs instead of riding the elevator and parking in the back of the lot when you are out shopping.
And instead of using services such as a drive through car wash, you can make it a workout by cleaning the car at home with a bucket of soapy water, a sponge and the hose.
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16. Grazing is Good
While exercise has great benefits to the body, one of the factors that have a huge impact on whether you will lose or gain weight is not only what you eat but how you eat it.
Splitting up your meals into smaller, more manageable portions throughout the day will help to boost your metabolism and help you to start dropping the pounds. This is sometimes called “grazing”.
Yes, it is good to exercise; however, combining your workout routine with five to six small meals per day will help to burn fat even faster.
17. No More Carbs Before Bedtime
As the day wears on, your metabolism starts to slow down and finally is at its lowest in the evening around bedtime.
This is one of the benefits to cutting carbs late in the day.
Every time you eat carbs after dinner, you are increasing your chances that your meal will contribute to an increased accumulation of fat.
Sleeping does require energy and if you want your body to burn fat for fuel while you sleep, it is a good idea not to have any other type of fuel source in your system.
A protein rich fat fighting meal is always preferred late in the evening as it will help to fuel your muscles and let your body use up your fat stores for fuel while you slumber.
18. Mind Your Own Plate
When meeting with friends for a lunch or dinner get-together, keep your eyes on your own plate.
You have a personal fitness goal to achieve that your friends probably don’t and you should be committed to that goal at all times.
So sampling some of your friend’s food might cause you to get off track an even cause you to splurge and break your diet.
So kindly decline, if anyone asks you to sample their food because it tastes so delicious.
19. Watch What You Eat From
Eating directly from the bag of chips, from the pack of almonds and from the container of ice cream will almost always cause you to binge.
And in no time at all, without even realizing it, you will already have consumed the entire package of whatever it was that you were simply snacking on.
The key to stop you from binging is to use some type of small container, preferable marked with measurements.
This way, you can keep track of exactly how much food you have consumed and stay within your calorie range for the day.
20. No Second Helpings
When eating a meal at home, instead of using serving platters and serving the food at the table, load up your plate with food directly from the kitchen.
If you feel you like you want another helping, simple sit and allow sometime before you actually stand up.
Sooner or later you can talk yourself out of that second helping and save yourself from sabotaging your diet plan.
21. Stay Away From Artificial Sweeteners
Most people are under the false impression that just because a sweetener does not contain sugar, it is okay to eat when you are trying to lose weight.
Most artificial sweeteners actually increase your cravings for more sweets, which will lead you to actually gain more weight.
The only sweeteners that are recommended by top health & fitness professionals are natural products like Stevia.
Stephanie DeAngelis is a passionate health and wellness writer and fitness trainer who loves to research and spread the word on all aspects of nutrition and healthy eating. When she isn’t wrapped up in writing and research, you can find Stephanie in the kitchen putting her cooking skills to work, whipping up tasty and nutritious recipes or out getting a workout in on the tennis court.