For most people, dieting means depriving yourself of food and eating less than you would like to eat. Sure this restrictive diet works and helps you lose a few kilos, but the ffects are temporary. The weight piles back on as soon as you start eating “normally” again – which happens rather quickly! Let’s face it, it is not possible to forever deny yourself of the things you want to eat or to starve yourself for a very long period of time. This is simply why most diets fail.

What does work?

Instead of looking at dieting as a quick fix solution to lose a few kilos or to get into a dress you love, you should look at altering your diet as a part of altering your lifestyle. What you need to do is change the “normal” diet and make your “normal” diet more healthy, satisfying and nutritious.

How to Lose Weight Without Starving Yourself?

Change your Normal Diet: Swap out the unhealthy foods with yummy but healthier alternatives. For instance, if you can’t live without ice cream, switch to frozen yogurt. If you just have to have some crispy fries, try a baked option. Never skip any meal. In fact, increase the number of meals you eat every day to 8. Eat small but more frequent meals. This will keep your metabolism going all day. Control the portion size of your meals, especially when you are eating a calorie rich food item like peanut butter or nuts or ice cream. Do not deny yourself any food. If you love pizza, you should eat it – just make sure you don’t eat it very frequently and also that you don’t eat a lot of it in one go.

Get some Exercise: Experts say 10000 steps a day can boost your cardiovascular health significantly. Work towards achieving this goal. It is advisable to get your workout finished in the morning. A morning workout is not only more effective, it is also more doable. If you think you will exercise after you get home from work, it is possible you may be too tired, or something pressing comes up and you have to miss your workout!

Drink up: Water is essential to good health. Drink up at least 8-10 glasses every day. Avoid sugary drinks and aerated drinks. If you need some flavour, just add citrus fruit, mint, lemons etc to your water.

Go Crazy about Fruit and Veggies: You really need a good dose of fresh fruit and vegetables in your diet. Not only are these packed with age-defying nutrients, they are also kinder to your waistline.

If you follow these simple tips, you will never have to starve yourself, skip meals or avoid your favorite foods.

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