Small Changes That Can Completely Transform Your Diet
By Genevieve Cunningham
Diet. Such a small word with so many feelings attached. Some people hear the word and immediately cringe. Others think of it as a challenge and attack it with everything they have. But if the emotions are stripped aside, the word diet is just a word that indicates what goes into our mouths. It’s also a word with gigantic consequences. The wrong diet can cause weight gain, illnesses, and long-term health problems, while a good diet can turn your body into everything you’ve ever dreamed of. In order to get your diet moving in the right direction, take a look at these small changes with big impact.
Set a Schedule
For many people, a simple schedule can do wonders for their overall diet and weight loss goals. If eating whenever is the route you tend to take, write down a game plan and stick with it. It’s possible that this one small step will lead to weight loss almost immediately. Once the habit is established, it can be tweaked to meet specific needs and further enhance your diet until it is in the best condition for your particular goals.
Eliminate One Guilty Pleasure
Sometimes transforming your diet just needs a bit of self discipline. One of the easiest ways to develop this trait is to start very small … something like quitting one basic guilty pleasure. It’s even OK to start with the easiest one. If soda is your all-time weakness, begin with something else. Begin with ice cream or morning donuts or even that extra spoonful of sugar in your coffee. Once you’ve mastered kicking one bad food to the curb, it will become easier to add to the list until your diet is exactly where you want it to be.
This one is not easy, but it definitely works. Meal prepping can be done daily (for the next day), or it can be done at the beginning of the week (for the remainder of the week). This involves cutting, dicing, and cooking all meals and snacks ahead of time. Then you’ll label them, pop them in the fridge, and grab them at the appropriate time for the week. It takes the temptation for fast food or unhealthy snacks out of the equation, which leaves you with a much higher chance of sticking to healthy meals instead of opting for quick and easy junk.
The truth is that changing your diet and meal plan can be difficult. It takes dedication and commitment, and getting changes to stick will take some definite time and effort. Use these small tips to give you a bit of a head start. Incorporate one change at a time, and be diligent. Over time, you’ll perfect your diet and reach your fitness goals for a better body and better health for a lifetime.
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