By Rob Cooper
You may want to know how to diet in order to lose 10 pounds in the next few weeks or months for some important event like a wedding, a graduation or to get ready for the beach. How do I diet should be answered, in my humble opinion, on the basis of health. The word diet is synonymous with starving oneself and I don’t advise you do that.
The question How Do I diet can be answered in various ways depending on your goals or your desired outcome. You may want to know how to diet in order to lose 10 pounds in the next few weeks or months for some important event like a wedding, a graduation or to get ready for the beach.
How do I diet should be answered, in my humble opinion, on the basis of health.
The word diet is synonymous with starving oneself and I don’t advise you do that. In fact, what I recommend is to eat as healthy and as clean as possible and use the principle of substitution instead of starving yourself.
Your first priority should be to learn about health and nutrition and stop asking “how do I diet”. Ask yourself, “what could I possibly not know about foods that are keeping me from my goal?”
You’ll want to learn about the Power of Protein, good carbohydrates, the importance of water in your diet and the power of your mind to achieve success. You’ll want to learn about good fats to add to your diet to help you achieve your goals.
How do I diet should be thought of as “how do I exercise”. Exercise goes hand in hand with your goals of weight loss, if you’ve got 10 pounds to lose, or losing those last 10 pounds (or first 10 for that matter). Never ever consider dieting without the thought of exercise.
ok, so you want to know “how to diet”. Here’s some thoughts from myself, a guy who dropped nearly 300 pounds of fat (so I should know a little bit about what I’m talking about)
Learn about foods – Learn all you can from a variety of sources and never consider any one thing as gospel. Continue to learn, apply what you learn and try new things. Experiment with food.
What do I recommend for a starting point?
Substitute water for pop.
Substitute Herbal teas for Coffee
Substitute a mid afternoon snack for your muffin, candy bar or other snacks – Make a small meal out of your mid afternoon munchies. Think lean chicken, some rice and a salad.
Begin eating breakfast – Have an egg white omelet with a small serving of oatmeal and some vegetables. Substitute conventional sugar laden cereals with whole grain oatmeal.
Begin eating fruit – Have no more than two pieces of fruit per day and have them on an empty stomach.
Begin exercising – How do I diet? should be replaced with How do I do cardio?. Begin walking at least 20 minutes every day. Morning is best as it helps raise your metabolism early on in the day. Begin some sort of weight training routine to help you not only build muscle but also to help your body to maintain it’s lean muscle tissue when you change your diet. Muscle burns fat and cardio helps muscle be more efficient at burning fat.
Drink more water. Water is your life and the better your water, the better your life. Drink more and use it to replace other non nutritional beverages.