Sometimes, reaching those fitness goals is about working smarter, not harder. Since your environment is often stronger than your will, start with this area first. Taking tempting foods or behaviors out of the equation may be a huge stepping stone for you, and this may surprise you. Having appropriate portions of foods you truly desire will make you the most satisfied in the long run. Aim to take reach small goals so that the changes do not feel like unbearable sacrifices. How to do that? Follow these 3 simple steps.
- Be prepared. Stick to three meals per day at regular times to get yourself onto a schedule. Denying yourself calories in the beginning of the day or skipping meals will leave you feeling depleted with a lack of energy. Better eating patterns maybe exactly what you need.
- Realize that there can be too much of a good thing. Often, the first few bites of very rich foods with intense flavors are far better than the remaining bites. Think in terms of your goals, and know that small changes, even leaving a little bit more food on your plate, add up to bigger results in the long run. Even you reduce your intake by as little as 250 calories per day, you will begin to see results!
- Do not cut out all of your favorite foods at once. Often, the foods you desire most can have a place in your healthy lifestyle when considered in correct portion sizes and moderation. After all, life is about enjoying the food you eat. Eating should never be a daunting task or a chore, aim to savor it as one of life’s finer pleasures. Enjoy!
By following these 3 steps, you will be more likely to stick to your diet goals!