The best way to diet is to feel like you're not on a diet at all, this way you will most likely never give it up. While learning how to be on a diet, you will have to see the whole diet thing as a game. Yes, you need to be on a 'diet' to lose weight, but you still want eat foods you enjoy. Once you learn what foods you can eat, and learn what foods to avoid, you begin to live a lifestyle that will be quite enjoyable. But guess what, there is good news! Continue reading...
In a real quick crash course to understand dieting, there are certain foods that slow metabolism, and on the contrary, there are foods that boost metabolism. For instance, spicy foods boost metabolism, examples being peppers, onions, garlic, and Tabasco sauce, these are all given a green light in terms of weight loss. Spicy foods should be a big part of your lifestyle routine and should be eaten daily. This means you can eat fajitas with onions and peppers, vegetarian southwestern chilli, and just about anything cooked Mexican, Cajun, Thai, South Western or Indian style. Regardless of what you eat, your meals should be cooked and warm. A thing to remember in terms of choosing meals, keep the meals light and hot. In addition to hot meals, drinking warm water with lemon and honey, hot teas, and eating soups are a great way to keep metabolism up as well.
In terms of foods to avoid, avoid cold, heavy and sweet items, these foods slow down metabolism. Examples of these would be pastas, potatoes, bananas, melons, icy cold drinks, candy, ice cream, milk, and cheese. These foods may be OK in moderation, but definitely not every day.
When it comes to daily routine, make it a habit to wake up and drink a cup of warm water first thing in the morning, this will ignite your metabolism. Throughout the day, drink lukewarm water or tea and avoid sodas and other beverages with sugar in them. The heaviest meal of the day should be at lunch time, this is when the body naturally has the highest metabolism going. For dinner, eat early, perhaps before the sun sets. This will allow your body to digest food completely before going to sleep. Dinner should include mainly vegetables and avoid anything heavy. It would be beneficial to take a walk 15 minutes after eating a meal as this helps aid the digestive process.
If the sound of eating vegetables doesn't sound appetizing, I guarantee that once start cooking and spicing foods properly, you will definitely start to look forward to eating them. You can simply cook vegetables in a frying pan with a little bit of oil and add cayenne pepper to the mix. Black pepper is great too, and just about any spice can be used except salt. Another quick hint to eating vegetables, organic vegetables taste the best. Non-organic and canned Steamed Broccoli is the simplest do not do any justice for the vegetable reputation.
A major rule towards dieting is to eat only when you are hungry. Hunger is your body's way of telling you that it is ready for food, this may mean you might skip breakfast on some days, so be ready to eat a snack before lunch if this happens. A great snack idea would be to eat a green apple, berries, or mango, as these fruits help boost metabolism. If you eat a meal and you are not hungry, you hinder the digestive process and you will only get negative effects from it.
Also, be sure to drink a moderate amount of water (but not too much) as some people mistake hunger for thirst. Do not go overboard with drinking water as some may suggest. Yes, you should drink plenty of water, and depending on your day, say if you have been exercising, or you have been on the go all day, 6-8 cups may be enough, or you may need a little more. Find the balance that is right for you.