Making the decision to begin a healthy diet can be overwhelming, but it doesn't have to be. While there are many ways to begin a new eating plan, WebMD recommends a sensible approach: make a realistic goal, slowly incorporate healthy foods, and write down what you eat. Adopting these habits will make adhering to your new eating plan much easier.Continue Reading
It is tempting to set an ambitious goal when beginning a new weight loss plan, but keep in mind that experts agree a steady, slow rate of about 1 to 2 pounds per week is considered healthier, safer and easier to maintain. Studies show that losing as little as 5 percent of your body weight can improve blood sugar and cholesterol levels while giving you more energy. Based on this, decide on a goal that works for you and write it down.
Steer clear of fad diets or strict plans that require drastic changes or eliminating entire food groups. Adopt a balanced eating plan that includes plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, lean meats, beans, nuts, whole grains and low-fat dairy. These foods are more nutritious and satisfying than highly processed or junk foods. Over time, slowly eliminate high-fat and high-sugar foods from your diet and replace them with healthier, less calorie-dense options.
Studies show that dieters who write down what they eat are more successful at keeping weight off than those who don't. Use a calorie tracker website or phone application, or simply write down what you eat in a journal or notebook. The simple act of writing down your food intake helps you stay focused on your new healthy habits.