4 diet fixes

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:

  1. Calories. Up them to 1,600 a day if you’re trying to lose; 2,000 if you’re maintaining.
  2. Nosh sessions. Have three daily meals, plus two snacks.
  3. 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


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