diets sound temporary but some expert fixes can make the diets work.
THE HITCH: “I’m starving all the time.”
THE FIX: Here are three things to enjoy more of:
- Calories. Up them to 1,600 a day if you’re trying to lose; 2,000 if you’re maintaining.
- Nosh sessions. Have three daily meals, plus two snacks.
- Lean protein. It sends stronger “I’m full” signals to your brain than carbs or fat do. Aim for 20 grams in meals and 10 g in snacks.
THE HITCH: “The needle on the scale is stuck.”
THE FIX: Trim about 200 calories more a day. If you don’t start losing again within two weeks or so, your calorie counts or portions may be off. Keep a food diary for a week to catch errors. Measure your food. You might also step up your exercise efforts to help hit the lower-calorie goal, and definitely switch up your workout.
THE HITCH: “I’m busy, so I tend to eat out a lot.”
THE FIX: Alcohol revs appetite, so stick to one drink and sip it with dinner. Order grilled over fried (entrees) and steamed over sauteed (veggies); if you truly crave something decadent for dessert, go halfsies.
THE HITCH: “My willpower vanishes on weekends.”
THE FIX: Factor approximately 1,400 fun calories a week into your diet, and spend 150 to 250 of them a day on treats you’d otherwise miss most (a 5-ounce glass of wine, 2 oz of Brie, ¾ cup of ice cream). That way, you won’t be as tempted to scarf them all down come Friday. You can bank two or three days’ worth of fun calories for a splurgeworthy event—but not more than that. And schedule a workout for the morning after.
read article on Yahoo! Health by Lucy Danziger and the staff at SELF: 4 Fixes for Diet Failures