12 important rules of dieting if you REALLY want to lose weight
You might think, “I will be hungry all the time if I cut out 300 calories from my diet.” The psychological aspects of dieting are as important as the diet itself. Yes, you are going to feel hungry when you diet. The sooner you deal with it the better. But stay rest assured, that your body will soon adjust to what you feed it.
Dieting is basically about breaking bad eating habits, reading labels when you shop for food, and eating small portions of nutrient-rich, balanced meals.
So, before you cut down on your daily intake of calories, here are a few important things to keep in mind:
As a first step, stop consuming soft drinks with caffeine, otherwise, the addictive properties of caffeine will cause you to crave sweet drinks that add many calories to your diet.
Eat a moderate number of calories in either two or three meals a day and avoid snacking between meals because this raises the insulin level and suppresses fat-burning hormones.
When you order a burger or a pizza at a fast-food place, say “no” when you are asked if you would like fries or cheesy bites with your order; order a salad instead.
Eating or snacking while watching television is one of the worst habits. You can eat hundreds of calories more than you need when you are not paying attention to your food. Turn off the television when you eat.
Another bad habit is eating things right out of a box. Put what you are going to eat on a plate or a napkin and put the box away.