Most doctors will tell you that there aren’t really any strict dieting rules that are appropriate for every person. This is certainly true, although there are still some basics that apply to everyone, regardless of who they are or how they want to lose weight.
It would be wonderful if there were some one-size-fits-all dieting rules that could be applied to every person in order to lose weight, but that simply isn’t the case. Instead, it is a better idea to look at some basic common sense concepts that will help to guide you toward your own weight loss strategy.
In this way, you’ll be less focused on trying to find the right dieting rules and will be more focused on living the right lifestyle over the long term that will allow you to lose the excess weight and then naturally keep it from coming back as a regular part of your daily life.
1. Eat only as much food as you need – to do this, eat when you’re hungry and stop when you’re full. Don’t ignore your hunger. It will only make you miserable and starving yourself won’t last over time. Don’t ignore the signals that you’re getting full. Let them tell you to stop because you’ve had enough.
2. Get to know whether you’re really hungry – are you truly feeling hungry because you need to eat or is there something else behind the sensation? Many times, we feel hungry out of boredom, out of habit because we usually eat during a certain activity (such as while watching television) or even out of dehydration. Sometimes the sensation of hunger is produced in the body when it should actually be thirst.
3. Eat mostly plant based foods – this doesn’t mean that you need to become a vegetarian. However, half your plate should typically consist of veggies and fruits, one quarter should be whole grains and one quarter should be lean protein, if you want to enjoy a balanced diet. Because of that, most of what you eat should actually come from plant sources.
4. Understand supplementation – it’s important to realize that supplements are meant to fill in the gaps left by your daily diet. You use them to “supplement” what you’re already eating. That is, they are added in addition to your regular efforts to eat a nutritious and balanced diet. Supplements are not meant to replace nutrients from whole foods.
5. Planning is important – the more you plan ahead, the better prepared you’ll be to eat right and lose weight as a result of it.