Resolving to lose weight in 2014 is a commendable decision. But reaching your weight loss goal can be a frustrating and daunting task.
In fact, you could be setting yourself up for failure – especially if you are unduly focused on the scale.
An estimated 45 million Americans – or about 1-in-8 – diet each year, yet the vast majority of us still struggle with our weight. We want you to diet right, starting with our timely Do’s and Don’ts for all you resolution makers.
You Say You Want a Resolution
Don’t set unrealistic goals. You may be eager to lose 15-20 pounds overall, but setting that goal straightaway can lead straight to disaster. As with most things in life, focusing on the finishing line can be overwhelming.
Do take it step by step. Our health experts recommend losing 1 to 2 pounds per week. At this rate you'll keep the pounds off longer, and you’ll maintain muscle and energy. This is the philosophy eDiets takes into account when making our recommendations for personalized meal plans. Instead of thinking, “I have to lose 20 pounds,” envision a happier and healthier you. Think about your whole health and visualize what that looks like. Ask yourself: How will I feel when I change my life? And remind yourself that, with every little step, you’re making a big difference in your overall wellbeing.
Don’t underestimate your calories or overestimate your activity. This is one of the all-time worst mistakes to make. Don’t forget, “fat free” does not mean “calorie free.” There are many healthy foods that can push you over your calorie limit if eaten in excess. Our chief nutritionist, Susan Burke March, has written about some of the specifics to watch out for when deciphering the fat free, low calorie, and lite or light designations. Read These ‘Diet Foods’ Can Make You Fat! for the details.
Do track what you are eating and doing. An easy way to keep your calories and exercise in check is to simply track your progress. Journaling helps you lose weight and keeps you motivated and accountable. A quick review of anyone of the diets we offer and you will realize that food journaling is a main component throughout all of our plans. Be sure to take into account the larger portion size and calories associated with dinning out. Most restaurants now have their nutrition information readily available online. If calorie counting has been a battle for you in the past, try checking out the eDiets Nutrihand plans. You will notice that nutritional facts are constantly updated and the supersized database lists brand-name foods, popular recipes, ethnic dishes and even fast food offerings.
Don’t stock up on junk food. If you live a hectic on-the-go lifestyle, eating junk food can be appealing because it’s quick and often easier to prepare than healthier alternatives. This don’t is a no-brainer but it is hard to follow if your cupboards are crammed with unhealthy temptations.
Do prepare healthy options ahead of time. Keep yummy fruits and vegetables on hand for when between-meal hunger strikes. Make a point of going to the grocery store at least once a week and take a shopping list with you. If you are having difficulties following this suggestion, try making use of the shopping list features of the eDiets Vitabot and eDiets Nutrihand plans.
Don’t go in without a plan. As it is with learning any new skill, dieting takes practice. Investing a little time now can save your health in the future. Sustainable health and nutrition starts with a realistic and achievable plan. Make it your resolution to journal regularly, or to take a long walk twice a week. Don’t plan to be perfect.
Do make good on your intentions. Just remember that you’re human and you may skip a workout or chow down on a candy bar every once in a while. If you make a mistake or come short on your daily goal, remind yourself that tomorrow is another opportunity for success!
eDiets looks forward to helping you make healthy decisions in the new year.
Many overweight people believe their extra weight is keeping them from being the person they truly want to be. If you know that there is a better, healthier and happier you in there, make the change… starting NOW.
Take our Free Diet Profile and find out which plan is right for you. And remember, you can always switch from any of our diet plans to another without incurring any extra charge.
Tabatha Davis is a contributing writer for eDiets. She enjoys writing about health topics and planning social media ventures. Tweet her @TabathaDavisPR