Staying In Shape When You Hate Dieting
Some people find, staying in shape and dieting, easy. They enjoy sticking to a healthy eating routine and making cutbacks when they need to shift a little weight. They stick to diet plans and have no trouble at all disciplining themselves. For every one of these people, there are probably five that just can’t do it. Those people you meet that always seem to be trying one diet or another, jumping on every healthy eating bandwagon, all with varying success. These people generally find that any weight they do lose dieting only comes back again when they give up after a few weeks.
When it comes to dieting, we’re all different. A big part of sticking with it is motivation and willpower, but the enjoyment comes into it too. If you’re the sort of person that loves takeout and big hearty meals, then it’s only understandable that you’d find sticking to a diet tough. But, that doesn’t mean that you can’t reach and maintain a healthy weight while keeping yourself fit and looking after your body. Here’s a look at how you can stay in shape, even if you hate dieting.
Losing, or maintaining weight is all about burning off more calories than you consume. So, if you don’t want to diet, make sure you do more exercise. If you want to lose a lot of weight, you’ll need to watch what you eat. Adding exercise to your routine won’t do it alone. But, if you just want to maintain your weight and tone up a little, adding some exercise to your week can make a difference.
Joining a gym is a great way to shape up and increase your activity levels. But, if this doesn’t appeal, there are other options. You could try swimming, going for long walks, taking dance classes, running around the park or even online workout videos. The key to sticking with an exercise plan, much like a diet, is finding something that you love doing. That could be long walks around the great outdoors, dancing around the house with the kids or having a go at a team sport such as netball.
Dieting doesn’t have to be about big changes and cutbacks. You might be surprised to find that simply making a few small swaps with your food choices can make a huge difference. Some swaps you could try include:
- Fruit for sugary snacks
- Low-Fat milk for full
- Natural sweeteners instead of sugar
- Fruit water for fizzy drinks
- Brown bread, pasta, and rice for white
- The grill for the frying pan
In many cases, you won’t notice the difference, and you’ll probably find swapping fruit for sugary snacks actually boosts your energy levels and improves your mood.
There are simple changes that you can make to your lifestyle as well as your diet. To increase your activity levels, you could start walking short distances instead of driving, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, standing up while you work or make phone calls and doing a few basic stretches when you get out of bed in the morning.
One of the main reasons people give up on diets is that they deny themselves the things they like. Or, take things to the extreme. Don’t. Keep eating the meals that you love, just with those healthy swaps that we talked about. Allow yourself the odd treat when you really want it or as a celebration and don’t worry about it. If you maintain a healthy diet and exercise when you can, the occasional treat won’t do much damage.
Another reason people find it hard to stick to a diet or even a healthy and balanced diet is that it can be exceptionally confusing. There are so many different guidelines out there. You can find advice telling you that near enough anything is bad for you. And, then three months later be told that the same thing is a diet miracle.
Then there is calorie counting. It’s easy enough to say that you need to burn off more than you consume. Figuring out amounts for either of these things is much harder. If you buy ready-made, packaged food, the calories, and other nutritional info are right there on the box.
But, it’s much harder to work out if you are making gorgeous home cooked meals. It can be a nightmare. A great alternative is getting healthy, tasty, low calorie meals delivered to your door so that you don’t have to worry about it.
It’s important to remember that staying in shape isn’t just about looking good. It’ll also help you to feel better and keep you fit and healthy, especially as you start to get older. It’s definitely worth it!