Losing weight when you really love food is never easy. Even if your relationship with food is healthy, if you’re someone who finds joy in trying new recipes, experimenting with new foods, and eating out a lot, your waistline can soon start to expand. Many people think that if we’re going to lose any weight, we need to give up or cut back on our food-based hobbies, but this doesn’t have to be true. Here are some tips to help get the scale moving without giving up the things you love.
Don’t Make Drastic Changes
A lot of trendy diets involve cutting out whole food groups, such as carbohydrates or meat. For a food lover, this is simply not sustainable. By making a drastic diet change like this, you will see good results at first, but if you’re going to keep up those results, you need to get them in a way you can sustain.
For example, if you manage to lose a lot of weight by giving up dairy, as soon as you start to eat dairy again (which you will), you’re going to regain the weight. Instead, try to make changes that you can keep up when you’ve reached your goal weight. Instead of cutting out carbs altogether, aim to eat fewer carbs, for example.
Sustainable changes could include things like only eating carbs in a meal after exercise, or having a meat-free day a week, or eating smaller portions of the food groups that you think contribute to your weight gain.
If you feel deprived, which any foodie will if they can’t eat something they love, it will be much harder to stick to your diet and get the results you want. By making sustainable changes, you will have a better chance of keeping to your diet and getting results that you can maintain.
Make Treats Worth It
You’re a foodie, you know when food is good and when it isn’t. Save your off-diet treats for something that is really ‘worth it’. If you go to a friend’s birthday, there’s nothing wrong with enjoying a slice of cake, for example, but only accept one if you know you’re going to really enjoy it. If the cake isn’t a flavor you really care for, then don’t bother and save the calories.
Some people can cut out all sugary treats, but for others, this is very hard. Cutting out the majority of processed foods can really help, and you can still enjoy the odd piece of chocolate if you find that helps. Just make it a great quality bar, instead of a cheap, not very nice one.
If you buy good quality treats, whether that’s candy or fries, you’ll be satisfied with less, as there’ll be plenty of flavors packed in there.
If you’re really struggling with cutting back, try a meal plan like the diet from Hcgdietinfo.com. These plans have treats built-in, so you can enjoy them guilt-free.
Eat Out Less
Going out to eat at restaurants is a common treatment for the average food lover. You don’t need to give up your restaurant visits, but try to go less. The reason restaurant food tastes so delicious is because chefs don’t have to care about your waistline, so they can cook with lots of butter, double cream, cheese, and other tasty things that make food taste great. All these things taste good but make your meals much higher in fat and calories.
When you eat out, you’re also likely to eat more than you would at home. You order multiple courses, a decadent dessert, and wine or other alcohol. You’ve quickly got a dinner that can undo a lot of your hard work on the diet.
You can still go to restaurants, but try to restrict how often you go. Save them for special occasions or date night, rather than just because you don’t feel like cooking.
When you do go out to eat, remember the rule of making it worth it. Order something you will really enjoy, so you go home satisfied, not upset that you ruined your diet by adding dressing to the dull salad you ordered to try to be healthy.
To make things even simpler, if you know where you’re going to have dinner, take a look at the menu online before you visit. This means you can decide in advance about what will satisfy you most and bring the most enjoyment, while still meeting some of the diet goals you’ve set.