If you’re on the chubby side, you’re likely to have mixed feelings about the endless round of partying that characterizes the holiday season. While you enjoy the food and the company, the thought of all the extra pounds you’re putting on is almost enough to make you lose your appetite. The most you can do is promise yourself to go on a diet as one of your New Year’s resolutions. Well, here’s one diet that is easy to follow.
Here’s the first step: Make a list of the food you normally eat on a regular basis, including weekends. Be honest – if you have ice cream every day, put it in there. The list should be what you typically eat. Get a food calculator or log on to a website that can give you the calorie content of practically every kind of food, and add up the calories. Seeing in black and white the quantity and quality of what you have been feeding yourself, you’ll get a clear picture of why you have been packing the pounds. You have to face up to the fact that you will only gain more and more weight if you continue eating the way you do.
Next, get rid of all fatty and sugary foods you have in the house – chocolates, junk foods, etc. Why leave yourself open to temptation? You may have to ask your spouse or significant other to cooperate by not bringing such kinds of food into the house.
The point has been belabored enough: you gain weight when you consume more calories than you burn. But even more important than reducing food intake is eating the right kinds of food. Your new diet should consist mainly of fresh fruits and vegetables, starchy foods, and just a little fat. Natural simple carbohydrates, also called sugars, are the best carbs to include in the diet if you’re trying to lose weight. These are found mainly in fruits: apples, oranges, grapefruit, melon, peach, kiwi, blackberries, etc. You can eat as much fruits and veggies as you like because they are low in calories. Stick to a basic salad of fresh greens, tomatoes, cucumbers, or some other veggies drizzled with a little olive oil.
Starches, also called complex carbohydrates, take the body longer to break down. This results in a slower and more sustained release of energy. Taken in their natural form, complex carbs contribute to appetite control and long-term good health.
Plain oatmeal with skimmed milk is an excellent choice for breakfast. If you find that bland or unappetizing, flavor it with some cinnamon.
Boiled or poached egg is good too. No more bacon, ham, sausage, and other fatty and processed meat products. Instead, opt for healthy sources of protein: fish, yogurt, beans, lentils, chicken or turkey, etc. As for fast foods, they’re an absolute no-no. You should also give up your coffee habit. This could be quite a tall order, so do it gradually. And if you’d been adding sugar and creamer, skip those extra calories by drinking coffee black.
The good news is that with this diet plan, exercise is optional; you’ll still lose weight with this plan. Of course, you’ll lose weight faster if you exercise. Just follow the diet plan and walk for 30 minutes a day. The results will amaze you!
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