Smart dieting isn’t about finding ways to make yourself suffer – it’s about eating the right foods, saying no to the wrong foods, and so much more! A smart dieter knows that their body needs food, so they won’t starve themselves or eat far too little. They’ll make sure to get just the right amount of food for their bodies to work properly, but without overdoing it.Here are some smart dieting tips to help you succeed with your diet the intelligent way:
Start the Day with Eggs
We always hear that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and the truth is that you definitely do need to begin your day with something filling and nutritious. That morning breakfast will keep your blood sugar levels steady throughout the morning, and will stop you from being hungry later on in the day. However, not just any breakfast will do, but eggs should be on that breakfast menu. Studies published in the American College of Medicine’s Journal show that those that eat eggs in the morning ate about 20% less than those that didn’t eat eggs. Eggs will stop you from feeling those hunger pangs later in the day, and will definitely satisfy your tastebuds’ demand for something delicious!
Get that Mid-Morning Snack In
A mid-morning snack is perfect if you want to stop yourself from overdoing it at lunch time! You’ll find that a good snack around 11 or 12 in the morning will be a wonderful treat, and the beauty is that you won’t even be too hungry after your filling breakfast. You can have a light snack of a peanut butter sandwich or a tuna salad (sans mayonnaise, of course), and you won’t be tempted to eat a huge lunch.
Balance Out Lunch
When you do sit down for lunch, what are you eating? Brown-bagging lunch can work most days, but there are just some days when you feel that urge to eat out. The most important things to add to your lunch are fiber and protein. You want plenty of fiber in your meal, as that will prevent a lot of the carbs and fats you eat from being turned into body fat. Make sure that your protein is lean (grilled meat, broiled steak, etc.), and go very easy on the carbs.
Consider Snacking Mid-Afternoon
Want to make sure that you get through the afternoon awake and alert? If your lunch hour was around 1 or 2, consider having a snack around 4:30 or 5 PM. You’ll find that your body is most drained at this time of the day, but it’s often right before you hit the gym or exercise after work. You’ll need a pick-me-up to make it through your workout, so have a very light snack – preferably something with a little bit of natural sugar in it. Stay away from fiber immediately before a workout (it can cause gas and bloating), but a little natural sugar will give you the energy you need to make it through your 60 minutes of daily exercise.
Make Dinner Light
You’ve reached the end of your day, and you’ve already had quite a few calories at breakfast and lunch. Ideally, your dinner should be the lightest meal of the day, so the smart thing to do would be to make it a meat-laden salad of some sort. A bit of protein will help to repair your muscles after exercise, and the vegetables and fruits will keep things light. Stay away from carb-heavy foods, and keep your dinner as light as possible.