Steps to stick to your new diet….

Steps to stick to your new diet….

stick_to_new_dietMany clients of mine say that they find it very tough to stick to the diet plan I have given them as they cant control their cravings.

Timings when cravings hit are mostly in the afternoons and late in the evenings. So how do you tackle them? Yes, there are solutions.

Firstly, learn to differentiate between hunger and thirst. If you have eaten and after sometime still have a craving to eat, Drink water if you get this feeling, you may be thirsty.

If you are asked to finish dinner early and especially in the early stages of following a low calorie diet, you may be hit with hunger pangs. To control this either have milk and fruit or yogurt. Fruits can freshen you up with a little sugar surge and the protein gives you the feeling of fullness. Rather than tearing open a packet of chips which should not be lurking about in your house, keep the low calorie snacks ready.

Binge eating during the day can be controlled by keeping a fruit bowl in your bag, flavoured buttermilk mixed with soda. Take up an activity which burns calories. Rather than taking a long snooze in the noon or just whiling away time, hit the gym about 2 hours after lunch. If you have had a very light lunch, you can hit the gym a little lesser than 2 hours.

Sweet cravings need to be handled well as the calories they provide are terrifying. Hence first task clear out the refrigerator of all the sweets. You feel very low and would really want to grab a sweet, go for a fruit or 2-3 dates.

What if you can stick to the servings planned by the dietitian or in simple words the quantity prescribed for you, eat salads so that you don’t overeat. A bowl of soup too can be satisfying.

Alcohol can add a lot of calories hence try to stay away from them. You can have a small glass of wine or try to dilute the drink with a lot of water. I suggest skip the drink.

All what you need is good will power. Try these tricks and see the magical difference.

Sanjana M Shenoy is a A dietitian from Mangalore, Karnataka, India. Having worked as a Dietitian for the Manipal Group of Hospitals namely KMC hospital Mangalore, India.She is also a consultant for corporate's like Infosys and others, conducting talks and presentations for various associations and local television shows.She consults at her Diet and Nutrition clinic "Nutrihealth" in Mangalore.Also is a visiting consultant to various hospitals in and around Mangalore and also runs an active online consultation.

One Reply to “Steps to stick to your new diet….”

  1. hi sanjana,
    i loved the very simple thing:- to diffentiate between thirst and hunger. so basic yet so ignored.

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