Can we all agree that dieting sucks?! Yes? Okay then let's begin. I recently started dieting to get in shape for a photo shoot; and I was reminded of all the tricks I used to use, and am now using to achieve my goals. So what better time than now to share my tips and tricks to make dieting a little less painful. So keep reading if you want to know how to fit in your favorite foods, curb your appetite, and stay on track with your diet.
1. Drink Plenty of Water.
Yes, I am going to start with the most obvious. Drinking water will help you feel full, and aid in digestion and fat loss. Besides, most of us mistake hunger for thirst because we don't drink enough water. Aim to drink 2 Liters of water per day. If you drink anything with caffeine, which dehydrates you, drink an additional 2 glasses of water to balance it out.
2. Pack Your Lunch.
Pack your lunch and take it with you. Then, you will have no excuse to stop at chic-fil-a and make a poor decision out of hunger. Most people who are in really great shape take their lunch, and for good reason, it keeps you on track! We all should know by now that eating out costs you more money, and has lots of hidden calories.
3. Distract Yourself From Food.
Most of us eat out of boredom; and if it's not boredom, you might actually be hungry. If you are hungry you might still need to fight that hunger until your next meal. So when this situation happens I suggest calling a friend, going for a walk, painting your nails, giving yourself a facial, or going to sleep.
4. Eat Free Foods
What are free foods? Foods that are super low calorie and will have little impact on your diet. Examples of free foods: Pickles, bell peppers, cucumbers,sugar-free gum, sparkling water, BCAAs, and unsweetened tea.
5. Flexible Dieting
What is flexible dieting? Essentially it is counting macros (fat, carbs, proteins) to achieve your fitness goal. Why is this a hack you might ask? Because you can make mexican food, ice cream, and pretty much anything fit into your diet. The best way to track your macros is to log it in a food tracker like My Fitness Pal.
6. Intermittent Fasting
Do you prefer larger meals, or have a large feast (like Thanksgiving) that you are anticipating? Try intermittent fasting. This usually means you are fasting for 16 hours, and eating in a 8 hour window. For example, you may choose to only eat from 1-9 PM and fast before and after that window. So if you want to have a big guilt free dinner, I suggest fasting all morning, light salad for lunch, and save a majority of your calories for dinner. You might be hungry all day, but you will be burning fat all, and enjoy a guilt free dinner. As long as it fits your macros, of course.
7. Nix Alcohol
Dun, dun, dun...... You don't have to give it up forever, but you may want to give it up until you reach your goal. Why? Well, alcohol can cause you to slack off and overeat for one. Two, it can give you a hangover which can also cause you to stray from your diet and exercise that day. Last but not least, I recently read that alcohol stalls the fat burning process and can cause you to store more fat. No, thank you! I have goals to get!