Diets often follow the same cycles: You start following the latest fad, you quickly drop weight, you rapidly regain the weight, and you begin looking for the next plan that’s “guaranteed” to work. However, if you’re serious about weight loss, you’ll be able to lose weight without even having to consider a “diet.”
Why? Because diets don’t work. They never have, and they never will.
Those who lose weight successfully, and keep it off, are those who don’t diet. Instead, they adopt lifestyle changes that make it simple to lose weight and keep it off − and they don’t feel deprived, weak, or unhappy in the process.
Below, we share our five favorite tips on how you too can lose weight − no diet required!
1. Eat a healthy breakfast every morning
Many people skip breakfast, only drink coffee, or go all out with donuts, pastries, and other indulgent items. Instead, focus on getting up and eating some protein, whole grains, and other filling options. Greek yogurt with fruit, an omelette with some vegetables, or oatmeal with some berries are all great choices.
Eating breakfast also makes you less likely to overeat at subsequent meals. It’s a win-win situation.
2. Eat more fresh produce
You can eat more if you choose low-calorie, high-volume fruits and vegetables over processed foods. This makes your lifestyle change more fulfilling and certainly not as restrictive as most fad diets.
It’s best to move your protein aside and fill at least 50 percent of your plate with vegetables. This will fill you up and reduce your caloric intake while increasing your intake of essential vitamins and minerals.
3. Control your environment
You need to be in control of your lifestyle if you want to avoid the pitfalls of dieting. This means you should only stock your kitchen with healthy options. You should also fill up on vegetables or other healthy options before going out to eat to avoid overeating restaurant food, which is practically guaranteed to be less healthy than food you can make at home.
4. Make switches to healthier alternatives
Make smart substitutions of real food for less desirable options like reduced-fat salad dressings, mayonnaise, dairy products, and more. For example, use hummus or salsa as a dip rather than cheese or another high-fat option. If you want mashed potatoes, mash sweet potatoes plain rather than adding butter and other dairy products to white potatoes.
These simple switches can add up to big changes in your weight loss without a diet in sight.
5. Eat the right nutrients
If you’re loading up on empty calories − regardless of whether or not they’re “healthy” − you’re doing yourself a disservice.
To avoid dieting, focus on the nutritional content of everything you’re eating so that you can feel satisfied without having to restrict your diet. For example, eat yogurt, nuts, beans, or lean meats at mealtimes to keep yourself feeling full.
Diets are a thing of the past …
… and if you’re still considering one to lose weight, think seriously about the alternatives. Only a lifestyle change will give you the results you want and help you maintain your new physique for years, if not decades, to come.