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How Do I Start a Diet?

Thursday, 11 Nov 2010 04:29 PM

Looking for a good way to kick start your diet plan? Looking for a support system that helps you start a diet and exercise routine? Getting started on a diet plan to lose weight or meeting your health goal becomes easy with a little help from these quick tips and tricks.

Tip 1: Set realistic weight loss goals
Before you choose a particular diet or exercise regime, work out an achievable target. You may wish to lose 20 pounds in a month, but that is neither healthy nor practical. Try to go slow and steady, and set out to lose weight at a healthy rate of 1 to 2 pounds per week. After your long-term goals are set, you could develop a short-term plan to achieve those specific goals. Walking for 30 minutes a day or trying to add a couple of servings of fresh fruits per day are small ways to help kick-start your diet plan.
Tip 2: Be motivated and strong-willed.
Being on a diet plan requires dedication and will power, especially if you have tried out different diet plans and exercise routines and struggled to lose weight earlier. Choose a diet plan that suits your lifestyle and appeals to your eating habits. It is better to avoid diet plans that promise drastic weight loss goals or completely restrict intake of any food group. These diets are much more difficult to maintain than the ones that advise portion control and exercise. 

Tip 3: Focus on foods that are allowed.
Diets invariably restrict certain foods. However, be positive and look for practical substitutes. Switch over to olive oil or vinaigrette as salad dressing over cream or mayonnaise, choose whole fruits over fruit juices, and use multigrain breads over white breads to guide your new dietary preferences.
Tip 4: Plan your meals in advance.
Make grocery shopping a regular habit. This will help you stock up on fresh, healthy snacking options such as vegetables, fruits, nuts, and celery sticks, instead of overloading on packaged and processed foods. Browse through interesting low-calorie recipes over the internet to plan your diet plan meals. Exercise routines are notorious for increasing hunger; so ensure you stock up only on healthy food options.
Tip 5: Stay connected with a support system.
Getting started becomes easier when you find inspiration and support from the family, friends, and even online support systems. There are bound to be temptations and moments when you would just want to let go of the diet and binge. At such times, the support systems help you to stay focused and on track. Getting an exercise or diet buddy, who is on a similar diet plan and who can empathize, or talking to an expert guide about the best ways to incorporate changes in your diet or eating out choices can surely help you get started and lose weight through a sensible weight loss diet plan.

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