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6 Top Diet Tips

By Valerie Mellema

When it comes to losing weight, there are very few fad diets that will take the pounds off and keep them off. You'll usually get them off quickly, but they won't stay gone for long.

The best way to shed the pounds and keep them off is to eat less and exercise more. Although this sounds simple enough, it's not exactly that easy for most people. Real life has demands and this means you have to find a way to increase your exercise while you also keep up with your day-to-day responsibilities.

However, there are a few tips that you can use to lose weight and keep the weight off. Here are six of the top diet tips.

1. Drink Water

Hunger is often confused with thirst. Sometimes your body tells you you're hungry when you're really dehydrated. If you're not big on water, first try a nice and clean bottled water and if you still don't like it add a splash of juice or flavor packet with no or very few calories.

2. Think About What You Should Add instead of Take Away

Instead of focusing on the foods you shouldn't eat. Think about how you can add 5-9 servings of fruits and vegetables to your daily meals.

3. Are you Really Hungry?

Hunger is the way your body tells you that you need food. Cravings are not hunger and can't be satisfied. Keep your portions reasonable and if you really think you're still hungry it may be emotional. You can also try drinking a glass of water and see if you're really thirsty and not hungry.

4. Choose Nighttime Snacks Smartly Many people get into the habit of having sweets right after dinner or late at night while watching television. If this is your case, then consider a low-calorie snack instead of a bag of cookies. For instance, you could have apple wedges with peanut butter. Or you could have a 100 calorie pack of some cookies or rice cakes.

5. Keep Enjoying Your Favorite Foods

Just because you're trying to lose weight doesn't mean you shouldn't eat your favorite foods. Trying to force yourself not to eat certain foods often leads to rebound overeating. Instead of doing this, consider buying smaller portions of foods so that you're more likely to savor them and enjoy them in moderation.

6. Eat Mini-Meals

Instead of eating one large meal at lunch and dinner, be sure to get breakfast in there. It is even better if you can have 4-5 small meals a day and cut down on the sizes of your three main meals. This keeps your metabolism working for you and your body doesn't think it's starving.

7. Avoid Alcohol Consumption

Drinking alcohol makes you crave more food and you end up overeating. In addition, alcohol has its own calories.
If you or someone you know has a drinking problem, they could seek help at a rehab center like this Ohio alcohol treatment center.