Prepare Your Body Before You Diet!
Changing your diet is one of the best ways to lose weight and may be needed for health concerns as well. Giving up sugary foods, fried foods, and foods like beef or cheese can often help with digestion and overall health. You may realize that you need to greatly reduce many unhealthy foods from your diet or that it’s time to follow a portion-controlled eating plan, but also know how difficult it will be to make those changes suddenly.
Preparing your body before you diet can be a great approach to a new eating plan. You can gradually remove foods from your everyday eating and at the same time, start incorporating more healthy food options. This gives you a chance to adjust to your new eating without feeling deprived which in turn may allow you to stick with that plan long-term.
To help prepare your body for a new eating plan, make a list of the foods you will need to remove from your everyday eating and note how often you indulge in these foods. You can then make a plan for how to remove them gradually. For example, suppose you get a candy bar from the vending machine at work every day. Rather than going without your everyday treat, get that candy bar and cut it in half. Have half one day and half the next. Skip the candy bar the day after and then get another one to split over the next two days. You are slowly moving away from the amount of sugar you eat every day when you do this. If you eat fast food for lunch several times per week, tell yourself you’ll have it just on Monday or Friday and pack a healthy lunch the other days. Again, you are making gradually healthy choices.
Introducing new foods to your everyday eating can also be done gradually. If you have bacon for breakfast every morning, switch to turkey bacon so you still have that taste but without all the fat and calories. Turkey-based meat products are good for lunch as well. You may need to eat more salads to keep you healthy, so opt for a small one with your dinner if you never eat greens. Each day make it a bit larger so that one day you’ll just be having salad for dinner and nothing more.
As you slowly prepare your body for these needed changes, take the time to learn how to cook and prepare healthy foods in a tasty way. Experiment with seasonings for vegetables so you can steam them for a meal. Practice cooking meats with a rotisserie or grill so you don’t need to fry them for taste. This will prepare your body for long-term changes to your eating overall.