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5 Ways Of Getting Off To A Great Start With Your Diet

5 Ways Of Getting Off To A Great Start With Your Diet 

It is a very worthy goal to start a diet in order to improve your health and lose weight.  However it can be overwhelming as well. Whenever you start on something new, and especially when it is something that you do several times every day - such as eating and drinking - you are bound to run into some challenges.  
However, as long as you don't attempt to change everything at the same time, you can achieve your weight loss goals.  Keep reading to learn what some of the master's secrets are - from people who have not only lost weight, but even more importantly, were able to keep it off for good. After all, if you just gain your weight back, it doesn't do any good to lose it in the first place. 

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1.  Create a Healthy Eating Plan and Follow It 
A healthy eating plan (such as will include foods you like to eat in addition to lots of healthy foods that are not overly processed such as vegetables, fruits, low-fat dairy, whole grains, seafood, lean meats, nuts and beans.  Since these low-calories foods are very satisfying, they can definitely help with sticking to your diet.  The foods that are the most satisfying are the ones that have lots of fiber in them (such as nuts, beans, whole grains, vegetables and fruits) and/or low fat protein (soy, dairy, fish and meat).   
You will ideally be weaning yourself slowly off of those favourite foods of yours that are high in calories or fat or highly processed, and replacing them with options that are more nutritious.  At any time throughout the process, feel free to devise a new eating plan that will decrease some healthy foods and increase others.  
You don't need to worry if you have intolerances, allergies or are a vegetarian.  Your personal eating plan might not have all of the recommended food groups in it, but you will be provide with adequate nutrients.  To help fill in any potential nutritional gaps, we recommend that everybody take a daily mineral supplement or multivitamin.
2.  Start Out Taking Baby Steps 
It is hard to change.  Making gradual, small changes in your eating habits is the best way of transforming your diet.  It is recommended by some experts that  just one change should be made every week, to give yourself some time for getting used to your new behaviour.  The ultimate goals that you should have is establishing new eating habits that you will be able to sustain over your entire life.   
A great way to get started is to make sure that your refrigerator and cupboards are stocked with healthy foods  Also plan to make healthier meals from home. Choose a new cooking magazine or cookbooks that specializes in healthy foods.  
3.  Set Realistic Goals 
A majority of people who really need to lose some weight set goals that are too lofty.  They might dream of being able to fit into sizes of clothing that aren't realistic for them to achieve.  However, losing as little as just 5% to 10% of your total body weight can help to improve how you feel, give your step an extra zip, or improve your overall health.  Studies have shown that even losing small amounts of weight can help to improve one's overall health, and also help to lower cholesterol and blood sugar levels and reduce blood pressure. 
Set attainable weight loss goals, and remember that it is recommended to only lose 1 to 2 pounds a week. Slow and steady will definitely win the race.  Learning new eating habits that last a lifetime does take time.
4. Track Your Meals
People who are successful at losing weight realize how important it is documenting what they are eating and how much of it.  Just writing it down can be a very powerful tool to help you stay in control. 
Keep a food dairy for tracking your daily intake of food.  
5.  Exercise 
Cutting calories and eating healthy is half the formula for losing weight successfully.  The other part is getting physical activity on a regular basis. Exercise is a very powerful way to help you burn calories as well as increase your coordination, balance and strength while at the same time reducing your stress and improve your health overall. 
I recommend that you try fitting fitness in first thing to ensure it doesn't get eliminated from your busy day.  (Consult with your doctor before you begin on a fitness program, and taking your eating plan with you to discuss as well.)
You can be very proud of yourself for deciding to improve your health.  There will be some bumps in the road along the way.  However, it you have a good eating plan, positive attitude and strong support system, you will succeed!