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10 Tips to Stay on Track With Your Diet

May 01, 2020

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While it is no secret that, for many people, weight loss can improve short- and long-term health outcomes, some diet strategies can actually exacerbate health issues and create new health problems. Moreover, pursuing any dietary therapy without recognizing and managing the relationship between emotional stress, physical pain, and unhealthy eating will ultimately lead you to struggle to stay on track [1]. Follow these tips for better, more natural, more health-focused diet success:

 

Natural, Health-Conscious Tips For Dietary Success

Tip 1: Begin By Setting Goals For Good Health

Research shows that some of the most effective short-term dietary plans can yield catastrophic adverse health outcomes [2]. Consequently, natural, health-conscious weight loss comes from pursuing weight-loss goals that build good health going forward (for example, losing no more than 1-2 lbs per week, doing some physical activity daily, and incorporating more natural food and plants into your diet) [3].

Tip 2: Proactively Manage Nutritional Health While Dieting

Dieting can be hard on your body; restricting food intake can lead to nutritional imbalances that have physical and emotional health consequences. Consequently, supporting dietary therapy with natural nutritional supplements can help minimize the muscle loss/fatigue, anxiety, and irritability that often derail dieting [4].

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Tip 3: Maintain A Health & Habit-Changing Focus

Empirically speaking, habit-based diets are more likely to be successful than restrictive diets, because they are more natural and practical to implement [5]. To support your diet success, examine what health habits you can build rather than just what you should or should not eat.

Tip 4: Challenge When Restriction Feels More Natural Than Change

People have followed restriction-based diets since the 1800s because they promise a quick-fix [6]. Nevertheless, restraint is the most difficult diet to pursue; deprivation increases cravings and reduces impulse control [7]. Allow yourself to eat a wider range of natural, health-conscious, plant-based meals to build good health through what you eat (not what you avoid).

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Tip 5: Manage Stress To Minimize Unhealthy Eating

Stress plays a significant role in unhealthy eating and diet deviation [8]. Proactively managing feelings of stress and anxiety — through using natural supplements and building better emotional health habits — can minimize these consequences.

Tip 6: Look Closer At What You Eat, Not Just How Much

People tend to focus on the mathematics of weight loss, tracking calories with the aim of ensuring a daily caloric deficit. Yet, by itself, decreasing calorie intake has few long-term effects on health [9]. Instead, long-term success following any diet depends on developing eating habits that prioritize health, like getting a greater percentage of calories from natural and plant-based foods. 

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Tip 7: Eat More Plants

Generally speaking, the more plants make it into your diet, the more, better, and healthier your weight loss will be (both long- and short-term) [10]. Finding filling, enjoyable, and health-conscious ways to prepare fruit, vegetables, and wholly plant-based meals is a staple of success.

Tip 8: Manage Pain During Dieting To Empower Weight Loss

There is a strong, cyclical relationship between pain and weight gain. Finding ways to manage and minimize pain during dietary therapy can help make dieting more successful so you can improve long-term health outcomes related to diminishing pain [11].

Tip 9: Eat More Home-Cooked Natural Foods

Eating fast-food or takeout frequently dramatically increases any person’s risk of becoming obese and significantly reduces the chances of diet success [12]. As much as is possible, focus on making home-cooked meals so you are more accountable for using natural ingredients and eating health-conscious portions.

Tip 10: Understand Natural Impulses To Set Yourself Up For Success

Avoid setting yourself up for diet deviation. One of the most common causes of deviation from any diet is exposure to restricted foods; this causes stress, increases cravings, and reduces impulse-control [13]. Reducing exposure is the best route, but natural, nonintoxicating stress management in these situations can help improve health outcomes.




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