Wondering how to incorporate dieting into your lifestyle?
We've all tried various dieting programs, in hopes that we will hit the one that just miraculously helps us shed those extra pounds. We've cut back on carbs, calories, sweets, increased exercise and more. While these diets seem to work for a while, they take a lot of work and for the busy lifestyle it's just not sustainable. The good news, is there are ways to successfully diet with a busy lifestyle. In order to be successful, dieting must be a permanent lifestyle change in an effort to become healthier. It's not realistic to think that you can shed 20 pounds and then go back to eating pizza, take-out Chinese and fast food. Here's how to incorporate dieting into your lifestyle.
1. Do the Math
Crunching the numbers is one of the first steps in how to incorporate dieting into your lifestyle. In order to lose weight, you must burn more calories than you consume. This is just simple math. There are a variety of ways to achieve this, but the bottom line is if you are eating more than you are burning it will be impossible to lose weight. On the flip side, if you are burning more than you are eating, it will be impossible not to lose weight.
2. Evaluate Your Lifestyle
This one is very important to the success of your diet. For instance, if you are someone who has a hectic schedule and truly does not have time to incorporate a massive workout routine into your week, then suddenly deciding to do so, will most likely be short-lived because you don't have the time to sustain that type of schedule. Take a look at what is reasonable for your lifestyle, without taking away from your family, friends and work. Either you will need to incorporate more exercise without having to cut back as drastically on the number of calories you are taking in, or you will need to drastically cut back on the number of calories, in order to make up for the lack of ability to exercise as much.
3. Re-evaluate Your Diet
This an area everyone can make improvements in. Make sure the foods you are consuming have true nutritional value and that you are not consuming empty calories. Empty calories are a waste of time. Cutting back on sodas and sticking with water or milk will help reduce your caloric intake drastically.
Exercise is important, and while you may not have the time to exercise 3-4 hours a day, but even 30 minutes is of great benefit and burns more calories than if you sat on the couch watching TV. Try to find a way to incorporate some type of exercise into your week.
5. Diet with a Friend
Dieting with a friend can really help with your motivation, as well as with theirs. You don't want to let them down by not working hard and the same probably goes for them. Find a friend who is interested in making dieting a healthy part of their lifestyle and team up.
Remember, there are a million ways to go about dieting. The approach you take needs to fit in with your lifestyle or it won't be sustainable in the long run. Sticking to the basics and keeping it simple will take more stress off of you. Here's to helping you reach your dieting goals and living a healthier lifestyle!