Anyone who has ever dieted knows the importance of family support. It is especially important to garner the support of the members living in your immediate household. It can make a huge difference in your progress and how you feel about yourself.
Let’s face it; it’s not easy to stick to a diet plan when everyone around you is eating Twinkies and chocolate ice cream, every time you turn around. The least they could do is hide the contraband in their room and eat it while you are sleeping, right?
There have actually been studies that prove that many women who are dieting feel insulted and want to give up on dieting because their husbands won’t eat the same food that is part of their diet plan.
I’m sure that there are those women who choose to cook separate meals, for their hubby. But, in this day and age I really believe that most of us who are trying to lose weight simply don’t have time to prepare two different meals… even if we wanted to.
Similar studies have indicated that some of this opposition stems from the fact that some of these husbands really don’t want their partner to lose weight. Why? They are afraid that as these women get smaller, their confidence level will rise. Unfortunately, many men are threatened by this.
Depending on the diet plan you choose to follow, with a little bit of planning, it is possible to create meals that even a hubby will love. Just remember, creativity is your friend!
As you probably know there are tons of diet-related recipe sites, which feature more yummy sounding recipes than you can possibly cook up, in a lifetime. The keyword here is ‘tweak’.
I have adapted many a recipe so that friends and family members have been able to sit down and enjoy a meal with me, WITHOUT the stress of coming up with two different menus. Most have actually complimented me, afterwards.
Honestly, I experiment with a lot of veggie recipes. There are SO many ways to jazz them up and serve them. Even with the rising cost of gas, they are still pretty inexpensive and most people love them.
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If you’re on a diet, nothing is more frustrating when your diet isn’t working. Thoughts of giving up on the diet all together can creep in to your mind. Don’t lose hope just yet. Here are some common mistakes made when dieting and fixing them can turn your failing diet into success.
Unhealthy Add Ons
Eating less is a major part of dieting, but it’s definitely not the only part. To effectively lose weight, a dieter must also avoid adding high calorie excess toppings like bacon, ranch, mayo, cheese, and butter. A simple packet of ranch can have as much as 60 calories, and these little sauces here and there add up quickly.
Unintentional eating sometimes referred to as “eating amnesia”, is when you subconsciously put food into your mouth from a box or bag. This usually happens when watching television or finishing your child’s plate. One way to counter this is to stick a piece of gum into your mouth when you’re thinking about reaching for food.
Sometimes new dieters think that skipping meals means fewer calories consumed. However, study after study has shown that people that skip meals end up consuming more calories during the day. Stick to three meals a day, and never underestimate the role of a good hearty breakfast. A good breakfast jumpstarts your metabolism which is key to any diet.
Food Portions too Large
Ten years ago food portions were significantly smaller. Now with the famous “supersize” at fast food restaurants, portions have risen over 20% in calories. It’s essential for a dieter to break the chain and eat smaller portions. Some ideas to start eating smaller portions include: leave some food behind in your plate, buy smaller plates and bowls, and resist the temptation to get refills.
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In this day in age, consumers are getting smarter on what they buy. Gone are the days where people buy any food without a glance at the nutrition facts. However, producers are now also getting smarter by throwing around terms like fat free, sugar free, diet, and reduced fat. These all sound great and healthy, but actually aren’t. Fat free usually means no fat but more sugar. Sugar free means more artificial flavors. Reduced fat means less fat but more carbohydrates. As you can see, food manufacturers are skilled at making food sound healthier than they really are. Here is a list of five foods that are made to sound healthy but are actually quite deadly to your diet.
1. Yogurt Cups
Yogurt and fruit separately are two of the most healthiest foods in the store. It just makes sense that when they’re combined it’s healthy right? Wrong. Manufacturers load this stuff with corn syrup which doubles the amount of sugar in the product. An alternative to Yogurt Cups is Activia. Activia is healthy and helps with your digestive system making weight lost easier.
2. Fat Free Salad Dressing
Sure less fat means fewer calories, but less fat also usually means more sugar and other artificial flavors. Also, most vegetables are fat soluble which means putting salad dressing with no fat will cause some of the vegetable nutrients to not be absorbed.
3. Diet Soda
Diet soda sounds good, a sugar free version of your favorite soda. Everyone knows that soda is bad for you. So beverage companies decided to cut the sugar, add unhealthy artificial sweeteners (…Aspartame), and combine a bunch of artificial flavors and colors and call it Diet Soda to make it sound healthy.
4. Less Fat Peanut Butter
Peanut Butter manufacturers make most peanut butter with the same sugar found in cake frosting. Less Fat translates into more sugar usually and this means more of this sugar in peanut butter. As a replacement choose all natural peanut butter instead which contains none of the unhealthy ingredients normal peanut butter has.
5. Fruit Juice
If you don’t like fruit, you’re supposed to drink it right? Well think again. Fruit juice usually has some sort of sugar added and many have the same amount of sugar as a can of soda. Secondly, you don’t get the fiber that’s usually in fruits and preservatives are also usually added.
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