2015 Diet Resolutions | Creating a Win-Win with your Food Plan

2015 Diet ResolutionDieting is hard, and made even more challenging by eliminating things that we enjoy eating.  Many people try to cut out sugar or carbohydrates or fat entirely when trying to lose weight, in the hope that it will be enough to allow them to shed pounds and become healthier.  Unfortunately, restricting diet or food intake that much will often cause cravings and binging, which are irritating and unproductive.  But dieting doesn't need to be that challenging.  There are a few simple rules that can take the place of a more restrictive diet, and with proper exercise, be just as effective.

  1. Eat whole foods. Fresh vegetables and meats are the name of the game here.  This means a lot of cooking for yourself, but if you can cook for yourself, you can control what you put in your body.  That means your levels of fat, sodium, sugar and everything else can be tightly controlled.  You can also control portion sizes and keep from overeating.
  2. Eat in, not out. Everybody likes going out to eat, but the issue with doing so is that many restaurants are less discerning with their ingredients and portion sizes than people at home.  Plus, people like drinking when they go out to eat, which is a hidden source of calories that will undermine an otherwise pristine diet.
  3. Treat yourself. One of the biggest things that diets will say is that you need to completely cut out certain types of food, such as sugar.  But the thing is that sugar, in moderation, isn't necessarily bad for you. Having a soda once a week or once every two weeks isn't that bad.  In fact, it can be a nice reward for a challenging workout or something like that.  It’s when you start having one or two a day, followed by dessert cookies and sugary cereal, that you have a problem.
Dieting doesn't need to be as painful as it often is, especially if it can be paired with exercise to push the number of calories expended up.  Don’t be afraid to treat yourself to something yummy occasionally, as that will help stave off cravings and the subsequent binging that they bring on.  Most importantly, however, is to be aware of what you are eating, and to stop eating when you are full.The Art of Personal Training by Kisar Dhillon107 SE Washington StreetSuite 137Portland, Oregon 97214503-953-0241