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For most of us, losing weight isn’t easy. It takes a good workout routine that we will actually do and a healthy diet we can actually stick to. Without discipline and dedication, both of these things are hard to accomplish. An exercise routine can actually be fairly basic. Walk to work instead of driving as often as you can. Take the stairs instead of an elevator. Go for a long walk or jog in the morning when you get up or at night before you go to bed. Once you get into the routine, you’ll begin looking forward to it. Sticking to a diet can be a bit more difficult. This is why diet plans are such a good idea.
One of the best tips I ever received for dieting was to sit down on a Sunday night with a pen and a pad of paper and plan out my meals for the rest of the week. Start with breakfast Monday morning. Skip the eggs and bacon. This will likely be hard to do, but this is why you need discipline. Instead of moving on to Monday’s lunch, plan Tuesday’s breakfast. Don’t plan the same meal every day. Some great ideas for healthy breakfasts include; oatmeal cookies, low-fat yogurt, fresh fruit like berries, melon or citrus fruits, cereal with roasted grains, unsalted air popped popcorn, graham cookies, vegetables like carrots, cucumber, celery or tomatoes, sandwiches made with whole wheat bread, vegetables, chicken or steamed tuna and low-fat milk.
After you have breakfast for the week planned out, move on to lunch. Since most people are at work at lunch time, you want lunches you can make in the morning or the night before and take to work with you. If you find yourself low on time in the morning, make the lunches the night before so they’ll be ready for when you leave. Don’t skip lunch. You’ll be hungrier when dinner time comes and more likely to snack. Eating lunch also gives you the energy boost you need to make it through a long work day; especially if that lunch is healthy. Salads are one of the best options for a healthy lunch that can be made the night before but don’t stick to the same kind of salad every day. For your protein, stick to fish, chicken or turkey and avoid processed meats. Try a chicken breast sandwich with lots of veggies and raw veggie sticks with a small amount of low fat dip or dressing one day and a spinach salad the next day.
Dinner is where a lot of people have trouble, but remember this basic rule of thumb – you can make just about any meal you normally would but use chicken, turkey, fish or lean meat in place of meats with a higher fat content. Rice is a great side fish, but avoid fried rice. Instead use long grain brown rice. Vegetables should be eaten raw or steamed instead of sautéed. Use minimal salt and dressings and substitute fresh salads for fries or potatoes.
If you stick to your diet every day of the week, you can treat yourself on Sunday morning. Planning a reward meal on Sundays is a great way to encourage yourself to stick to your diet plan throughout the rest of the week and offers you something to look forward to. The following Sunday, make lunch your treat meal. The Sunday after that, treat your self to dinner. This way, you don’t have the same treat every single week.