Health & Wellness

Dieting? Not Me!

Make these 14 tips part of your life and you’ll have no reason to “go on a diet.”

By Isabelle Huot

  1. Ban the word “diet” from your vocabulary; instead, think in terms of “healthy lifestyle habits.”
  2. Don’t eliminate any food groups, as some drastic approaches (such as the keto diet) suggest.
  3. Keep a food journal to track what you eat each day. In your notes, try to assess your levels (on a scale of 0 to 10) of hunger and fullness before and after each meal or snack.
  4. Think about the emotions that trigger your psychological hunger. For example, does stress or boredom lead to an irresistible urge to eat a pile of cookies?
  5. Involve the whole family. That way, you don’t need to make two separate meals and everyone benefits.
  6. Keep your pantry stocked with healthy foods, such as nuts, seeds, whole-grain crackers, canned legumes, whole-wheat pasta, and quinoa.
  7. Prepare fruits and vegetables in advance so you can quickly curb your cravings with healthier choices—consider homemade fruit salads and ready-to-eat raw vegetables such as carrots, peppers, cucumbers, and broccoli florets.
  8. Drink a glass of water before eating to avoid mistaking thirst for hunger.
  9. Begin a physical-activity program gradually; for example, start with 10 minutes of walking and slowly increase that to 30 minutes a day.
  10. Treat yourself with things other than food—perhaps some sports gear, a book, a piece of jewellery, a bottle of perfume, or a spa treatment.
  11. Don’t turn down a social outing. After all, you’re not on a diet!
  12. Step on a scale only once a month and measure your waist circumference. Even if your weight stays the same, you might be losing inches.
  13. Remember that weight loss won’t be the only benefit of your new habits; you might also enjoy increased energy, better concentration, and better sleep.
  14. Practise self-care: pamper yourself and learn to love yourself.