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Easy Diet Tips

There are times in our lives when we are looking to cut back on the calories. Call it dieting, call it eating healthy, call it making a lifestyle change. No matter what you call it here are some easy tips to help you keep your caloric intake in check.

  • Never, ever Super Size an order. Just don't.Condiment wise - stick to mustard since it is so low in calories. Avoid the honey mustard varieties since they have added sugar.
  • Eat fruit instead of drinking fruit juice, but if you must drink juice water it down. Why not make a spritzer with your favorite juice and some sparkling water?
  • Don't stand by the buffet table at BBQs or parties. I know this one seems obvious, but it is always good to reiterate the importance of location.
  • Close your kitchen at 7:30 PM. Finish dinner, clean up, and stop the late night snacking. If your sweet tooth is calling or your mouth is bored, brew yourself a cup of naturally sweet herbal tea like Chamomile or Rooibos.

Have a great dieting tip you want to share, tell us about it in the comment section below.

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darkoblivion darkoblivion 10 years
Eating something every 2-3 hours helps keep me in check. I almost never feel hungry when I shouldn't be. I also know what I'm going to eat for the whole day when the day begins. That helps too.
suzanne suzanne 10 years
Hey chickeebabe :WAVE: I'm with you! I also try to have something balanced at least every 4 hours. It's the only way I can keep myself on track. I'm a firm believer of the "stoke the fire" rationale for keeping metabolism up. I also make sure to have something balanced within half an hour of getting up. Best tip for keeping myself in a good place nutrition-wise: stock the fridge with yummy healthful foods to tempt me away from the bad stuff. If it's not there, then I'll eat whatever. Sunday is my cook for the week day. ely-vedar, :WAVE: ... give me more than one glass of wine with dinner and I start looking around the kitchen for chocolate! I need wine moderation and remind my husb not to pour me more than one glass with dinner. :DRINKS:
lovealways lovealways 10 years
educating yourself on portion sizes is majorly important. i have to admit i don't eat all healthy, far from it...but i know what i'm putting into my body in general. so if i have an absolutely awful day, i eat healthy for a bit.
ely_vedar ely_vedar 10 years
these do seem super easy but in reality temptation pretty much bites everyone in the ass >.<
flirtyfloridian flirtyfloridian 10 years
i love sweets! but i NEVER buy them at the grocery store. no cookies, ice cream, candy, chips, soda... none of it! i know if its in my kitchen ill eat it. so when its not there i dont think about it. instead ill have a jello cup when i want sosmething sweet. 10 calories and so delicious! plus now that i have been on a great gym schedule (hooray!) i feel proud of myself when i can say NO to foods that i know are just not worth it.
krisua krisua 10 years
Measure your food on your plate once, and do NOT go for the second round.
SU3 SU3 10 years
Plan your meals! I don't know about everyone else, but planning my meals has definitely helped me in that I don't end up eating something I'll regret later on. It may seem a bit tedious at first, but after a while... it just becomes second nature. And moderation, always!
bookgirl bookgirl 10 years
This is something I should start doing again,and think I've mentioned it before, but I was told that when you're having a craving for something bad (Ex. chips, icecream, candy) to first eat an apple then let yourself have what you were craving. Usually the apple will take away the original craving and fill you up-plus, its good for you!
AMP AMP 10 years
When eating out, eat only half of anything you get. That way you get to enjoy it for another meal too! I always bring two pieces of fruit to work with me. One is for mid-morning snack and one for mid-afternoon. The Jolly Time 100 calorie bags of popcorn are so filling and are such a great source of fiber! I seriously think I eat about 5 bags a week. Don't let yourself go too long without eating b/c then you're starving and will end up overeating. Usually on not so healthy food too.
Chikeebabe Chikeebabe 10 years
I definately don't subscribe to the "no eating after 7:30" rule. I've lost 82lbs in the past year and have had some kind of snack at 9:30 or 10pm every night. I try to eat something small every three hours. That way I never feel hungry and am less likely to binge eat.
the-clam the-clam 10 years
julieulie, i know what you mean about the hours. if i don't bring dinner to work i don't eat until after 9 or 10.
the-clam the-clam 10 years
ccsugar, good point on the after dinner tooth brushing. i've got to start doing that again. something minty after a meal helps me curb sweet cravings. salty foods are more satisfying, but they make me crave sugar.
julieulie julieulie 10 years
Ha, I have to laugh at the "close the kitchen at 7:30" suggestion. I don't know what source that was taken from, but obviously someone doesn't work long hours. I'm lucky if I leave before 8pm, and I'm getting in before 7am every morning. It's a good day if dinner is on the table before 9, and I'm able to roll into bed as soon as the dishes are done.
puddinpie puddinpie 10 years
I'm not on a diet either, and I consume more calories than most women my size. But still, I make small compromises--if I know I am going to eat dessert, I try to limit how much bread I eat before dinner. If I do not absolutely LOVE something, I don't eat it. I am never tempted by chips, for example, or ice-cream you get from a store (fresh ice-cream, either homemade or from a good restaurant, is another story!)
smarler smarler 10 years
alannahbean, you make a good point. I'm not on a diet, I'm just trying to eat healthy and get in shape as a lifestyle choice. But since what we eat is also our "diet", maybe "diet tips" isn't so outdated if we think about it in that connotation of the word. Not to mention "easy to implement lifestyle changes" gets a bit difficult to say after a few times! My tip is that when I find myself wanting a snack, I grab a few nuts or pieces of cereal and leave the kitchen before I eat them. Usually once I satisfy myself with a fraction of a serving, I can stay away from the fridge and the snacks.
ccsugar ccsugar 10 years
I try to brush my teeth right after dinner. That kinda sends my body the signal "Ok, we're done eating now!" and I rarely get hungry at night now.
alannahbean alannahbean 10 years
hey team, listen. i'm a little confused about our choices of words. we go out of our way to encourage a healthy lifestyle and not a diet. as a whole, we've come so far in encouraging people to EAT when they're hungry, and not rely on a "diet" as a "fix". isn't it a little...1980s of us to offer "diet tips"? perhaps "easy to implement lifestyle changes" would be more modern and fit in with our busy, health-conscious ways of being! your thoughts, everyone? am i just being silly, or should we make an effort to stop thinking about dieting?
sdimondi sdimondi 10 years
i make sure i bring both my small and healthy morning and afternoon snacks with me to work... therefore I'll never have to go over to that vending machine for a big ole bag of chips!
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