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How to Stick To Your Diet Resolutions

How to Stick To Your Diet Resolutions

Stick To Your Diet Resolutions

Staying true to your New Year's diet resolutions is easier said than done, but there is a lot that you can do to help yourself through the year and ensure that you don't slip up and fall back onto bad habits. The most important thing with a healthy diet is to be consistent; as soon as you start to slip up with your food choices you can quickly end up right back where you started. The more effort you put into being conscious of your diet and being careful with what you choose to eat, the easier it will be to avoid weight gain. If you've started off 2015 by mostly sticking to your diet resolutions, congratulations, but if you have found that it's starting to get difficult or if you're worried that you might slip up in the future, below are some tips to help you stick to your resolutions:

Tip #1 - Try a structured diet with medical supervision

If you are the type of person that finds it easier to follow a specific diet rather than trying to guide yourself, the HCG diet may be the perfect choice for you. The diet is structured and designed to help you ease back into a healthy eating lifestyle, and you will have the support of medical professionals throughout the diet at Nu Image Medical. A structured diet may be the exact thing that you need to transition back into healthy eating, and you will be surprised at how much just a three week or six week HCG diet can benefit you by changing your appetites and boosting your fat metabolism. What better way to start the New Year than by losing 15 or 30 pounds or more? If that interests you, click here to speak to a medical provider at Nu Image Medical now.

Tip #2 - Record what you eat

Similar to what you would do on the HCG diet, you might start recording each meal that you eat along with the calories. By doing this you can pick out the worst offenders when it comes to your regular diet and replace those foods with healthier options. With your food diary you will want to record everything that you eat including snacks, and although it can be a bit cumbersome it is well worth it for the potential information that it can provide you with. You don't need to record it forever either; try keeping records of what you eat for just a week or two and you'll be amazed at what you might find. For example, if you notice that you're getting way too many calories from your drink choices or snack choices, you can easily replace those with healthy foods and calorie free drinks.

Tip #3 - Eat breakfast

If you haven't been in the habit of eating breakfast regular, 2015 is the perfect time to start, and eating breakfast can make a major difference in your weight control and your diet. By eating breakfast you can avoid gorging on your lunch and dinner, and you can avoid the temptation to indulge in snacks throughout the day. Several studies have shown that there is a correlation between eating breakfast and maintaining a healthy weight because it leads to a lower calorie consumption throughout the day. It also can help improve your brain activity and many breakfast foods are rich in fiber which is helpful with satiety. Be careful with the foods you pick for breakfast; you want to stick to mostly fruits, vegetables and protein and avoid eating carbs or sugar which are not a reliable source of energy.

Tip #4 - Drink more water and eat  more fiber rich foods

Fiber rich foods and water are a great way to lose weight without much effort, and they can definitely help you stick to your New Year's diet resolutions. The real key to maintaining a healthy weight is to have a wide range of different foods that are filling but won't put on weight. Foods like apples, berries (of all types), greens, pears, grapefruit, oranges, and many vegetables (not starchy veggies) are the perfect high fiber foods that can keep you feeling full without adding very many calories at all. You want to be careful with processed foods that are marketed as high fiber but are made with sugar, wheat and other ingredients that can cause weight gain. Stick to natural high fiber foods and avoid grains as much as possible; the fiber in grains is counteracted by the high glycemic load that many foods made with grains have.

Tip #5 - Stay more active

This isn't a diet tip per se, but being more active will definitely help you control your weight and will make your dieting efforts that much more effective. People who have a sedentary lifestyle are much more likely to gain weight, and the New Year is the perfect time to start getting into the habit of walking or biking whenever possible. Try to spend at least a few hours every week walking or performing some basic amount of exercise which is beneficial for weight control, and ideally you should have a more structured workout regimen. Make the time for exercise no matter what; it's something that simply can't be skipped without consequences to your health, and it helps a lot to work out in a group fitness class or another structured class that can keep you motivated.

Tip #6 - Pick your vices carefully

Let's face it, with the exception of the most committed amongst us, we are going to slip up from time to time and break our diet resolutions. The key is to slip up with foods that aren't going to have a huge impact on your healthy diet. Foods like dark chocolate, Greek yogurt with fruit, red wine, or high sugar fruits like dates and pineapple can be a great way to celebrate your diet success without having to resort to eating junk. No matter what, you're better off eating something with natural sugar rather than baked goods or junk food. If you do slip up and indulge in a dessert or eat fast food every now and then, make sure that you keep your portion sizes small, and no matter what you should always avoid certain foods like foods made with high fructose corn syrup as well as sugar drinks which end up being empty calories.

Tip #7 - Cook more often

The more often that you cook, the less likely that you are to eat something that you don't want to. Cooking is much easier than you think and there are plenty of fast and healthy recipes available online that you can try. Cooking lets you control every ingredient and the quality of the foods that you eat, which is important when you are trying to stay healthy and avoid weight gain. Fresh, local organic produce is your best source for ingredients, and it's hard to beat the nutritional quality of a home cooked meal made with organic local whole foods. If you aren't used to cooking, start with some of the simpler recipes and work your way up to the harder ones.

The HCG diet is a great place to start as there are dozens of easy recipes included with the diet program when you purchase it from Nu Image Medical. Get more information on the HCG diet and how it can help you achieve your ideal body in 2015 here.

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Dr. Constance Odom, MD

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