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making a low calorie diet plan work for you

Feb 29, 2008
One of the most important parts of a new low calorie diet is planning. Before you ever actually start on the diet, you need to make sure you've developed a strategy that will work, and that will allow you to eat a healthy, well-balanced diet. Therefore, before you actually begin your diet, stop to develop a well-thought-out plan. Write down your goals and refer to them often. As you're setting your goals, keep in mind these principles of a good low calorie diet plan:

Change the size and number of your daily meals. No longer will you eat three big meals a day. Under the new diet, eat five or six smaller meals and snacks throughout the day.

Impulse eating is the enemy of the serious dieter. Plan your meals the night before, so that you know exactly what will be part of each meal and what you will snack on throughout the day. Have plenty of healthy snacks at hand to reach for between meals.

Foods that you have to have included in your low calorie diet plan are some of the following; fruit and vegetables, whole grain cereals, low fat dairy products such as milk and cheese etc, lean meats and fish.

A lot of people think about the foods they eat, but not always about how the food is cooked. Remember it's healthier to grill or steam your foods rather than to fry them in fatty oils.

While you don't have to totally abstain from all of your favorite foods, remember that popular foods like pizzas, doughnuts and cheeseburgers are high in fat and calories. Therefore, these should be rare treats.

Watch out for any food heavy in sugar, as it's probably going to be high in calories. Look for low-sugar desserts instead. Fruits are best!

Remember that fruits and vegetables are the real kings of the diet plate. Dietitians recommend eating about five servings a day for the average person. But if you're trying to lose weight, this means you should probably exceed even this amount. Try increasing your fruit and vegetable intake. One good idea is the delicious fruit smoothie or wholesome vegetable soup.

Another good tip for changing your lifestyle is swapping most of your white foods for brown! Change white rice to wholemeal rice and change white bread to wholemeal brown bread. You don't have to cut carbohydrates out of your low calorie diet plan altogether; you just have to east the right kinds of carbohydrates.

Remember, though, that losing weight is not all about what you eat. Along with changing how you eat, you must also make exercise a regular part of your new lifestyle. Get outside for some walking or running. Or if you must stay in the house, rather than watching TV, how about doing some chores that get you up and moving? This is a good way to get things accomplished and burn calories at the same time.

Remember though to check with your diet before you start your journey to weight loss. But once he's on board, these few alterations in how you eat and exercise will help you on a lifelong quest to improving your health.
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