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What are the Best Tips for Healthy Dieting?

Healthy dieting should involve an eating plan that allows dieters to gradually lose weight without feelings of constant hunger or deprivation. Thus, the best healthy dieting tips are those that allow the dieter to meet safe weight loss goals by making smart choices rather than denying themselves the foods they love. For instance, dieters can banish food cravings by consuming large amounts of heart-healthy fiber. They can bulk up their portion sizes by filling their plates with nutritious, low-calorie vegetables and fruits. Finally, they can prevent feelings of deprivation by continuing to enjoy their favorite treats in moderation.

Constant hunger is a common dieter’s complaint, and one that, quite understandably, leads many diets to fail. Healthy dieting need not involve a grumbling stomach, however. For a full feeling that lasts, dieters should try to consume a minimum of 20 grams of fiber each day. In addition to lowering harmful cholesterol levels, fiber — found in foods like beans, whole grains, oatmeal, and apples — breaks down more slowly than sugary, refined foods, promoting a long-lasting feeling of fullness that staves off post-meal cravings. As an added bonus, many high-fiber foods happen to be low in calories, meaning that dieters can feel full while remaining comfortably within the bounds of their daily calorie goals.

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For gradual, healthy weight loss, nutrition experts generally recommend a daily dietary intake of approximately 1,500 calories. It is possible to meet this goal while continuing to eat tasty meals, but when a dieter makes poor food choices, this calorie limit can translate to anemic portions that leave her unsatisfied. One of the best healthy dieting tips is to base meals around a small amount of a medium- or high-calorie food, such as lasagna or steak, and then fill out the plate with nutrient-rich, low-calorie foods like vegetables and beans. This technique allows the dieter to enjoy small portions of savory, satisfying dishes by balancing them with caloric “bargains.”

Many associate diets with a ban on ice cream, pizza, and all other delicious but fat- and calorie-laden treats. Regarding whole groups of foods as off-limits often leads dieters to feel deprived, however, and may even drive them to binge. Thus, healthy dieting should actually incorporate indulgent treats from time to time. Moderation is the key to enjoying decadent foods. Dieters should keep treat sizes small, and “budget” for their indulgences by limiting the remainder of their calorie intake that day or getting some calorie-burning cardiovascular exercise.

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honeybees
Post 4

There is nothing worse than being on a diet and being hungry and grouchy all the time. If you eat foods that have fiber and protein it will help you feel full and consume less calories then if you eat a of carbohydrates and high sugar foods.

LisaLou
Post 3

If I just start thinking about going on a diet, I am hungry and want to eat everything in sight. For me it has to be more of a lifestyle change, and I found the best way to do this is with portion control.

When we eat at home, I will use a much smaller plate than I used to. My plate will be full, but because it is smaller, I am eating less, but don't feel deprived. I also try to eat a healthy balanced diet with a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables. If I can't get them fresh in season, I will use frozen vegetables.

I also read that you retain more nutrition if you cook your vegetables frozen, rather than letting them thaw before cooking, and to use as little water as possible.

andee
Post 2

I am one of those strange people who usually enjoys exercise. I'm not quite sure if it is the exercise or the endorphins that kick in after a few minutes. It has to be something that I enjoy or I won't do it though. For me this has been one of the best ways to control my weight. I also try to eat healthy diet plans, but don't often eat more than I should.

By exercising on a regular basis, I hope this helps balance out some of the bad food choices I make. Having a dog really does help too. I give her a walk several times a day, and that forces me to get up and get moving.

Mykol
Post 1

Keeping a glass of water on my desk helps me in more ways than one. Not only does it help keep me full and hydrated, but helps me stay away from carbonated beverages. A healthy diet will always consist of getting enough water. This is not very easy to do if most of your liquid is coffee and soda.

I try to drink a glass of water first thing in the morning, and as soon as I get to work I have a full glass on my desk. This also gives me a chance to get up from the computer on a regular basis to refill my water glass. I notice when I do this on a regular basis, that I am not as tempted to snack on chips and soda at my desk.

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