If you are trying to lose weight or just watching your calories and fat, you’ll be happy to know that there is a way to love your food and enjoy dieting. Women’s fitness involves a sensible diet that you can live with, complemented by an exercise program that keeps you fit. The really great news is you can actually diet without giving up the foods that you love.
Portion Control means Weight Control
The way to enjoy dieting is to adopt the proven philosophy of portion control. Eat the foods that you love, but in moderation. If you love chocolate, eat a small piece every day. A sweet morsel of dessert can actually help to curb your appetite, by sending a signal to the brain that the meal is officially over. Dark chocolate is an excellent choice since it is loaded with antioxidants and can aid in digestion. Look for chocolate that is 60% or higher in dark cocoa for the better benefits.
Good to the Last Bite
Learn to savor and enjoy every bite of your food. Never rush through a meal. Now, I know women in particular lead such busy lives that they constantly feel as if they have no time for themselves, not even enough time to enjoy their food. However, gobbling down a meal almost certainly counteracts the benefits of healthy eating.
Instead of eating 3 large meals a day that require more time to eat, I suggest eating 5 smaller meals every day and taking the time to enjoy each one. If you know that you will be on the go, prepare healthy snacks to take with you so you can recharge your resources throughout the day. If possible, set aside time to sit down and enjoy every morsel of your food.
Make Goals and Keep Notes
Learn to love food and enjoy dieting by maintaining a food journal to keep you on track. Write down every thing that you eat and drink, including the portion size that you consume. Make plans for healthy meals throughout the week and month. Stay on top of your diet by constantly planning ahead. When it comes to mealtime, allow yourself to enjoy your food. Eating is a natural part of our lives, we have been blessed with a variety of foods to choose from. Embrace this gift, enjoy your food, and reap the rewards of healthy eating.
~ Karen Ficarelli
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