Dieting and Watching What You Eat
Thousands of diet tips abound over the Internet, some offering contradictory and even harmful advice. While some of these might actually be credible, you have to remember that there is no single fixed formula, no be all and end all diet plan. Since there are so many factors to take into account such as current body weight and average physical activity, what works for one may not work for another. For this reason, it is best to consult a dietitian regarding the best diet plan for you.
Generally speaking though, many health experts still recommend following the most basic diet formula which is the food pyramid. Vegetables, especially the fiber-rich and leafy varieties, should make up most of your meals, although starchy vegetables like potatoes are eaten in moderation. Meats are eaten for their protein content. Lean meats are best because they have lower fat content. Additionally, frying is discouraged and should be substituted for other cooking methods like baking or steaming. Finally, breads, rice and grain are consumed for their carbohydrates which are converted to energy, but should be eaten sparingly.
Keeping a food diary is an effective way to keep track of what you’ve already eaten, and is useful for cutting down on those extra calories. This helps you observe and analyze your eating patterns as well, in order to correct unhealthy eating habits. Furthermore, cheat days are encouraged as a break, usually once every week, to allow yourself to indulge occasionally. Studies show that this also helps psychologically, as people who have cheat days are less likely to engage in binge eating behavior.
You don’t have to be a gym rat or have premium (and expensive) gym membership in order to stay fit and healthy, although having an instructor to target your problem areas is a great help. There are lots of home workout DVDs available that you can use which actually produce results as long as you follow the workout routine. Having workout buddies to exercise with can also make the experience more enjoyable while providing you the motivation you need to keep going. If you are very heavy and not used to exercising, start with light walking.
You can begin with 5-10 minutes a day and then gradually increase the time and distance.
Having the Right Mindset
Too often, people give up on their journey towards healthy living before even taking the first step. They always come up with excuses like not having enough time or money, and end up accomplishing absolutely nothing. Truly healthy people, aside from being physically fit, also always keep a positive attitude. This kind of optimism permeates every aspect of your life: your physical well-being, your career, and your relationships. The road to good health begins with the mind, and if you believe that you can do it, then you will. Keep on, keeping on. Once you start you see improvement, you will be motivated to continue.