When most people alter their diets, they typically have one of two objectives in mind. The first of these aims, and typically the more common option is to reduce their weight. More specifically, people want to reduce the visible amount of body fat they have.
The second form of diet alteration is increasing your caloric and protein intake so that you may build muscle. While both of these diet modifications are quite difficult, you will find that increasing your diet so that you may bulk up is not as easy as it sounds.
Most of us are used to eating a certain amount of food in a day. If we were to alter this level of food suddenly, our body realizes that something has changed and starts to enter a form of natural withdrawal.
Regardless of whether you are increasing your caloric intake or decreasing it, any sudden shifts for the better or worse will result in your body requiring a period of adjustment so that this new diet may become the norm for you.
This is typically the hardest part of an altered diet. Once you make it through this part, you will find that it is easier to pursue your diet as your body has grown accustomed to it.
In this article, we will focus on the best meal plan you can adopt so that you may eat healthier and lose any excess weight that you have been trying to do away with.
We will try to give you some of the more crucial tips to adopting a diet that you will enjoy, and you will stick with throughout the entirety of your weight loss journey.
Even if your primary objective is not to lose weight, and you would simply like to alter the types of food you find yourself typically eating, you will find that this guide will work for you too.
If your primary objective is to lose weight, you will find that the ideal first step is to decide on a daily calorie limit. This gives you a concrete number value on which you can base your diet.
While you will not always be able to eat the perfect amount of food that will add up to your ideal calorie limit, you are better off thinking of your limit as a semi-flexible guideline that you can use to orient yourself around your diet.
Do not think of your calorie limit as something which is concrete and unchangeable. As long as you stay within 100 or 200 calories of your limit, you are doing more than you would be doing if you had no limit to follow in the first place.
You must also consider that your calorie limit can sometimes be misleading as large amounts of carbs and other ingredients in your food can result in you having a bad diet even if you remain below your calorie limit over the course of a day.
There are many ways to find an ideal calorie limit for yourself. By far the best method is through a combination of internet resources and trial and error.
There are many calculators online which can give you a good idea of your recommended calorie limit by inserting your height, weight and a few other variables. Test out your calculated limit through some different attempts, and you will eventually find a level you are comfortable with.
This is another crucial step to dieting which many people fail to follow. While many people will swear by unsweetened beverages, there have been many studies which have shown that artificial sweeteners will, in fact, increase your cravings for sugar, unintentionally sabotaging your diet.
The reasoning behind this is that the sweetness of sugar-free beverages tricks your body into thinking it is about to process glucose, which in turn prepares you to digest it.
Once your body realizes there is no glucose to process, it goes into a form of withdrawal in which it increases your sugar cravings. This is why it is ideal to stick with plain old water so you can reduce your appetite and keep your body hydrated.
Much of the time when we are hungry, we are just thirsty. If you feel your resolve slipping during the course of your diet and you are about to get a snack, try instead to drink a glass of water.
While it helps to reduce the amount of food you eat in general if you would like to live in a more healthy fashion, one of the ingredients to a healthy diet is, in fact, more protein.
If you reduce the amount of food you eat, you will very likely be reducing the amount of protein that you ingest, a reduction regarding protein will result in you losing muscle tissue, which is counterproductive to your objective of eating healthily.
An excellent way to maintain your protein levels is to have a protein shake each day. Typically, you will want to ingest one gram of protein per pound of your body weight. This ensures that your muscles will have the adequate level of protein so that they may remain in good health.
Many people wonder about the secret behind eating a healthy diet, and in reality, it is not much of a secret. All it takes to eat healthily is to understand the underlying reasons behind why we eat what we eat and taking those lessons and applying them to a healthy amount of common sense.