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Practical Diet Tips

Practical Diet Tips

If you are sparing no effort in maintaining a healthy diet, you should have already heard about plenty of diet tips and advice that are meant to assist you in achieving your diet goal. Unfortunately, not all of them are actually working if you put them into practical application. It is known that maintain a healthy diet requires time, dedication and effort. Here are some practical diet tips that can help you reduce the amount of effort needed for maintaining healthy eating habits.

1. Set realistic goals and rewards.

Before you practice the dieting plan, you should set small dieting goals and corresponding rewards in advance. One of the biggest mistakes that people usually make when comes to dieting is that they always set unrealistic goals. If you set an unreasonable goal like “losing 30 pounds within two weeks”, you can fail quickly. Instead, your goal should be something like “losing one inch from my waist in a month”. When you achieve a set goal, you can reward yourself with a nice piece of fitness equipment or clothing to keep encouraging yourself in the diet. Once you have reached a goal, start to set a new one and a new reward, as well.

2. Calculate and stick to your daily caloric requirements.

To keep in shape, you should determine your daily caloric requirement and stick to the amount of calorie that you should take in every day. The daily caloric requirements, also known as Basal Metabolic Rate, is the number of calories that your body requires to sustain itself every day at rest. When you are intaking more calories that you actually need, you are gaining weight. The BMR can be calculated according to the following formula:
Women: 655 + (4.35 x weight in pounds) + (4.7 x height in inches) – (4.7 x age in years) = BMR

Men: 66 + (6.23 x weight in pounds) + (12.7 x height in inches) – (6.8 x age in year) = BMR

Each day, you need to count your calories and plan the meals so you will not have more than your daily caloric requirements. Look at the foods’ nutrition labels to learn the caloric information.

3. Small changes make big difference.

Making small diet changes is the easiest way to reach your weight loss goals and small changes on the diet will make a big difference when followed consistently. The small changes you can employ including drinking coffee without creamer, having fruit instead of candy, changing to diet soda as well as drinking eight glasses of water every day. When you have successfully made a small change in eating habit, you can begin to pick another healthy habit to adopt.

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