Your Diet: How To Live With It
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Your Diet: How To Live With It

Helpful hints on how to live with your diet.

For dieters: eating your way to health should not be difficult if the following are considered.

  •  Think of your diet as a time for developing new eating habits that will become a way of life for you. Once you reached your desired weight, adjust your eating habits to maintain your new weight.
  •  Set realistic goals for yourself before starting your diet. Decide how many pounds you want to lose within a certain period of time, and then plan your diet accordingly.
  • Learn to separate hunger from appetite. Less food is needed to satisfy hunger than appetite. Don’t eat when you’re not hungry.
  • Accept the fact that you may frequently experience hunger as you begin your diet.
  • Eat meals which are nutritionally balanced. Avoid crashed diets based upon a specific food or group of foods as they are often nutritionally unsound and lack variety.
  • Space your meals according to individual preference. If you prefer to eat more than 3 times a day, divide your daily food allowance into several smaller meals.
  • Eat a wide variety of foods to keep your diet interesting. Well-planned menus can often include a favorite high calorie food.
  • Include as many fresh fruits and vegetables in your diet as possible. Uncooked foods are higher in bulk and so, provide a more filled-up feeling at the end of a meal.
  • Select low-calorie foods that allow a moderate-sized serving without going over your allotted calorie allowance. Pass up second helpings and avoid foods that are so high in calories that the serving portion is discouragingly small.
  •  Plan at least one food in each meal which can be eaten in an unlimited amount, such as lettuce, celery, mushrooms, cucumber, green pepper, radishes, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, or spinach.
  • Take advantage of commercially prepared low-calorie foods. They add variety to meals and make available some foods which are otherwise not possible on a diet.
  • Reserve a part of your meal, such as the appetizer, salad, or dessert course for an afternoon or late-evening snack.
  • Eat slowly to allow more time to savor each morsel. Avoid eating your meals in tense or hectic surroundings.
  • Reward yourself as you reach each pre-established weight loss goal. Avoid using food as a reward. Instead, purchase a new piece of clothing or additional equipment for a favorite hobby or sport.
  • Recognize that weight loss is generally unsteady and is not always noticeable for the first several days of your diet. Weigh every few days in the morning before eating or drinking. Avoid keeping a daily weight chart since weight loss is not always reflected on a day-to-day basis.
  • Get plenty of sleep, particularly the first few weeks of your diet. You are less likely to stray from your diet or yield to temptation when you are mentally alert.
  • Increase your physical activity to use up excess calories. Include many and varied activities that keep you busy and prevent idle snacking or thinking of food.
  • Keep high-calorie snack foods out of sight. Instead, select wholesome foods rather than those which merely add calories.
  • Maintain your social activities in keeping with your new eating habits. Do not forego social pleasures just because you’re counting calories, but learn to adjust these activities in a realistic manner.
  • Live your diet–don’t just talk about it or monopolize family conversation with it.

Adapted from:

Better Homes And Gardens Calorie Counter’s Cook Book. Compliments of HOME FEDERAL SAVINGS, ©   1970 Meredith Corporation, USA.

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