Whether you are trying to lose weight, gain muscle, and/or live a healthier lifestyle with good nutrition, you need to pick a diet that you can follow. It is often a good idea not to think of your new meal plan as “going on a diet”, but rather, making new lifestyle changes.
“Going on a diet” implies that you will restrict your calorie intake for a set amount of time. Once you achieve your goal weight, you will go back to eating the way you ate before. It is easy to see the problem with this strategy; often, people lapse back into old habits and gradually regain the weight they have worked so hard to lose. Therefore, it is better to have a mindset of making a few permanent lifestyle changes, rather than a temporary diet, to make sure that these changes last long-term. It is also very important to find foods that you like, and to eat portions that provide you with essential vitamins, nutrients and minerals, and leave you feeling full at the end of the meal. It might be helpful to work out a nutrition plan that is suited to you and your personality. There are a few general diet personalities which suit different types of people. This article describes the different diet personalities to help you choose a nutrition plan that is best suited to you and your needs.
You are always snacking! You tend to eat snacks frequently based on when you feel hungry and when you have time to eat. It is easy to incorporate this pattern into a new eating plan; it does not need to revolve around three square meals each day. Rather than choosing high-salt, high-sugar snacks, such as potato chips and lollies, choose healthier snack options, such as fresh fruit, vegetables, grains and nuts. You can also divide your daily calories into 5 to 7 small meals spaced throughout the day, rather than having three large meals.
You crave sugar
Having a sweet tooth can make it quite difficult to lose weight and reap some of the health benefits, including lowering your resting heart rate and reducing your blood pressure. Unfortunately, sugar is very addictive, and a large amount of sugar in your diet does not make weight loss an easy task. However, there is a solution. Fortunately, the highly processed simple sugars found in many snacks, such as lollies, can be substituted for more complex sugars with a lower glycaemic index, such as those found in fruits. Foods with a lower glycaemic index are better, because they cause a more gradual rise in blood sugar levels than those with a higher glycaemic index. Reaching for a piece of fruit rather than a sugary cake can help to satisfy your sugar craving in a healthier manner.
Food lifts your mood
If you are the type to reach for comfort food when you are feeling down, your emotions are guiding your eating patterns, rather than feelings of hunger. One of the biggest challenges when trying to break this habit is to remove the association you have made between food and emotions. If eating when you feel sad helps to boost your mood, eating becomes an emotional reward, and your brain associates food with positive emotions. One strategy to overcome this habit is to find another activity to replace eating, such as going for a walk rather than eating a bowl of ice cream. It might also help to substitute high fat and high sugar foods with wiser options, such as a fruit salad.
Most people will fall into one of the above categories. As you can see, there are several strategies that you can use to break some of your bad diet habits and replace them with healthier options. Making these small changes might seem quite insignificant, but can make a big difference to your diet and overall wellbeing.
If you have questions about healthy eating or nutrition and weight loss, contact your local doctor, who will arrange for you to see a dietitian. We can provide you with a simple and effective routine targeted to your concerns. Contact us today!