Hello! Are you a woman looking for great diet tips? Of course you are! Most women are looking for new ideas to stay on track and keep looking fabulous. Everyone needs a refresher now and then and motivation for success! Dieting is more than food and menu. It is daily living and mindful choices. Try these 10 diet tips specifically designed to work for women.
1. Love Yourself
It’s okay to think highly of yourself and enjoy being you. If you are struggling with weight loss, seek help. Love yourself enough to find a certified trainer or fitness expert that can cheer you on to success. Weight loss is doable, but it requires determination, discipline, and desire. If you want to enjoy health and wellness, you must take the time, two to three days per week, and spend an hour working out. Most of us have people who depend on us; if you don’t take care of yourself, no one will do it for you. Get moving.
2. Choose Wisely
Life is all about choices. Choosing foods that are colorful, organically grown, free of toxins and pesticides, and free from man-made ingredients is crucial to a dieter’s success. The food choices you make have an important impact on how you feel, think, and move. Good choices include wholesome, fresh, organic foods like walnuts, almonds, hummus, tomatoes, and snap peas. The choice is yours.
3. Eat Breakfast
Experts agree that women who eat breakfast are more likely to be more in control of their weight than women who skip breakfast. Some people just can’t eat breakfast. Other people skip breakfast thinking they can save daily calories, when in fact, they end up binging the rest of the day. Try eating a protein breakfast with fresh fruit. Egg muffins are a favorite, and the protein will stick with you until lunchtime.
4. Eat Slowly
As women, we are busy. We are the caregivers. Don’t rush through breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Eat slowly to lose weight. It takes 20 minutes for your stomach to tell your brain that you are full. Take time to savor your food.
5. Just Say No!
There is no law written that you have to attend every event, family gathering, and social frenzy. If you are dieting and feel that the time would be better spent in the gym or focusing on your own life, decline invitations. There is nothing worse than attending a social event and be tempted by a table laden with foods that are not on your diet. If you feel you can avoid temptation, go for it, but if not, just say no!
6. Avoid Distractions
People can be emotional vampires. If you are on a diet, and/or an emotional eater, avoid vampires. They will distract and derail your diet plan every time. Usually vampires like to go for a friendly drink, which leads to over drinking (or over dining), and at the end of the day, you’ve blown your diet. Avoid distractions.
7. Be Prepared
Okay. So it’s a week before your period and you are so hungry for something sweet you want to raid the cupcake bakery down the street. Stop! Get control. It’s only PMS. It will pass. You know it's coming, so be prepared! Stock your pantry with satiating fruits and vegetables that will satisfy your sweet tooth. Fresh dates, apples, almonds; they are all great for satisfying hunger.
The old adage you are who you think you are rings true over and over again. Think thin. Find a cozy quiet spot where you are comfortable to breathe and relax. Repeat to yourself: I will eat healthy, I will get fit, I will be successful. Meditate on your mantra. Renew and relax for about 10 to 15 minutes every day. You will be amazed at how this can empower your diet.
9. Take Time
For women, the dieting process is all about food. But, there are times during the process when you must take time to step back and assess where you are. Take the time to renew your diet and fitness goals, see how far you have come, and where you want to be. As you re-assess your strategies, find time to reward yourself. Get a massage, a facial, or a manicure/pedicure. Enjoy the journey!
10. Get Some Zzzzz’s
Statistics show that women who get seven to eight hours of sleep every night are more likely to stick to their diet. There is a sleep-diet connection. It’s all hormones, cortisol, and our internal clock. Set a bedtime and stick to it.
Taking caffeine out of your diet will help, too. Switch to decaf coffee (or no coffee). Water is the best alternative. Stay hydrated. Keep moving, make dieting fun, and press forward. You can do it.