When you want to lose weight, you need to do 2 things – plan diet and work out as per your body needs. While both may seem like daunting tasks, all you really need is to pay attention to your own body.
This post is about how to plan diet. For workout routines, check my posts below:
Do the Groundwork
The best way to plan diet is to get started with a food diary. First jot down your current weight. Then start jotting down every thing you eat and drink. Yes, water too.
But don’t stop living your life. Meaning, if you go out every Saturday night, go out every Saturday night. If you have lunch meeting at workplace, go ahead. Keep your diary handy and when you get a moment, jot down your food and drinks consumed. (Download an app on your phone if you’re not a pen-paper person)
Keep writing in your food diary for a few weeks and then jot down your weight again. Any changes? Good or bad, move on. Now look back from the beginning and try to look your eating-drinking pattern. Don’t count calories. It takes the fun out of life, leaving one neurotic about calories. Don’t go there.
Don’t see enough raw veggies and fruits? Add it to your plan. Too much white food like bread, pasta, desserts? Plan it for a special day. Red meat too much? Cut it down. Too much alcohol? Chuck that habit. Less than 8 glasses of water? Add water. And so on. So, what do you see? (Send it to me if you don’t see any red flags!)
Analyse and re-adjust your diet plan from data from your food diary. Keep a list of “bad foods” – stuff you would like to avoid, and “treats” – stuff you would have only to celebrate yourself. And don’t lose your patience. You’ll get the hang of it.
I’m not a dietician or a personal trainer, but I have helped clients and friends lose weight by sharing tips and secrets from my experience as an Image Consultant, as well as my own struggle with weight. So if you have a question, or would like me to blog about something in particular, comment below, use the Contact Us page, or email here.