are a few simple dieting tips and hints to help you on your journey to healthier
Be sure to read the
labels on commercial products. Get in the habit of checking for nutritional
Beware of “low-fat”
labels. They may be lower in fat than the normal product, but still high in fat
content and calories. Sugar and other additives are often added to make up for
taste. Substitutions: Use pureed fruit, applesauce, or non-fat yogurt in place
of butter or margarine for baking. Use wine bouillon or tomato juice instead of
oil for sautéing. Use flavored mustards, fruits and salsas instead of creamy
Stay away from alcoholic
drinks that can dehydrate your body and deplete it of potassium. Switch to fruit
juices, calorie-free seltzers and diet sodas instead.
Keep low-calorie snacks
on hand fro those time when the munchies strike.
Avoid diet milkshakes and
the like and stick to healthy recipes you can control yourself.
Don’t keep tempting
foods in your pantry. If you don’t have them on hand, it’s easier to resist
If you reach a plateau in
your weight loss, try increasing your exercise a bit to get over that hump.
Be realistic in your
weight goals and know that not all can be thin as a reed. In fact, business is
booming for large models these days. The point is to love yourself by eating a
healthy diet, and not berate yourself by being overweight. A positive attitude
is always important.
Get a good mindset before
you lose, with a firm goal in mind and perhaps a prize for yourself when you
meet that goal. If you fail to meet your dieting goals on a particular day,
don’t despair. Simply continue on anew the next day. Although you do need to
stick to a daily plan to get into healthy eating habits, you don’t want to
invite any eating disorders or health problems by being overly obsessive.