The Diet Dilemma

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There’s no doubt that establishing a healthy diet can be a worthy and healthy goal, but at the end of the day it’s quite a task as well. Changing your whole lifestyle sounds daunting, and jumping into it headlong without preparing well will leave you feeling overwhelmed. Approaching this new challenge in your life needs to be thought through properly,with a structured plan in place. If you want to stick to bettering yourself and adopting a healthy way of eating, you need to be both physically and mentally prepared. These tips will not only help you lose those extra pounds, but also help you stay committed to maintaining the change.

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Know your body
Everybody reacts and behaves differently when on a diet. While some bodies show a drastic change within the first few days of starting adiet,others take time and the loss of weight and inchesis much more gradual. Expecting a major change in the initial stages of your diet can hamper your progress and affect your willpower. Monitor your weight loss and food intake to understand what suits you and which diet give your metabolism the best boost. Certain foods will make you feel full quicker than others, so identify them and incorporate more of themin your diet. If some meals make you feel bloated and sluggish, take note and avoid eating them altogether. Knowing and understanding what suits your body and what doesn’t is a major step towards reaching your goals.  

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Understand your goals  
While losing weight may be an important goal, your main target needs to be living a healthier and happier life. Understand that your ultimate goal is not momentary weight loss, but rather something that involves a major lifestyle change. While you may accomplish the weight loss or gain muscle within a couple of months, maintaining this while staying healthy should be your underlying, long-term commitment. Be sure that you are making this change for yourself and are not under any outside pressure, as the motivation to do this needs to come from within you. Will power and determination will keep you going, and embracing your goals will keep you in the right set of mind.

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Are you eating right?
Just becausecertain diets might have worked for your friends or relatives doesn’t necessarily mean they are healthy or right for you. A yo-yo diet or a crash diet might bring you results quicker, but they can play havoc on your body and skin. An unbalanced diet will not provide you with the nutrition you need, and in turnis more likely to ruin your progress rather than promote healthy living. Vitamin supplements will keep your hair and skin healthy and help you avoid any deficiencies. Going to a physician or a nutritionist is a healthy way to approach a diet, since they can help you create a structured and supervised programme. Dietary issues, or special requirements for vegetarians, vegans and others will be addressed and dealt with in the right manner.

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Plan your exercise
With a lower intake of calories while on a diet, exercising as usual can depleteyour energy and make you hungrier. Designing your exercise according to your calorie intake will help balance your energy levels and keep you on track to reach your goals. Start slow with your exercise during the initial stages of your diet, and gradually increase your cardio and circuit training. A high intensity workout might not be the best thing for your stress levels in the early stages of a diet, so re-evaluate periodically and adjust your exercise regimen accordingly. Make sure the combination of dieting and exercise you choose works for you, and keeps you mentally strong and physically fit.     -Devashree