Can’t Commit To a Diet? These small diet hacks can bring BIG results!

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Hello, my name is Sharita, and I have commitment issues–with dieting. I think it goes back to my inner rebel, and I just don’t like being told what I cannot have! Whatever my reason, I know that I am not alone in this boat of non-commital dieters. For us, we want to eat clean, lose weight, and look good in jeans, but going cold turkey and cutting out all bad foods is just not the answer. Instead, we have to trick ourselves into cleaning up our eating habits.

I’ve come up with list of 3 small diet hacks that will help to tweak the way you eat. You can try these individually or all at once. I suggest that you introduce one hack into your diet every 2 or 3 weeks before introducing the next. This way, you can get used to the new eating style, and you won’t be overwhelmed with restrictions. Keep reading to find out what works best for you!

Track Your Meals.

While this step doesn’t directly affect what you put on your fork, it will make a huge difference in your food consumption if you stick to it. For me, food tracking is the most difficult hack just because I tend to forget to log my food. But jawbone-up3-food-tracking-1439912156-6Hoe-column-width-inlinesetting up reminders and using simple apps makes this a lot less painful. Apps like MyFitnessPal have a huge database of foods so you don’t have to count calories or anything. You plug in your food and it does the rest. The latest versions of this app will even remind you to log your food throughout the day!

When you stick with it, you’ll start to hold yourself accountable. Just the feeling alone of logging “2 slices of cheesecake and 1 large milkshake” in one day will make you step up your eating on the next day, trust me

Scope Out And Reduce the Sugar.

Note this step is not about cutting out ALL sugars from your diet. That would be too scary for us commitment-phobes. Instead, this step is simply about taking a closer look at your foods and drinks for hidden sugars. For instance, My favorite cocktail, the margarita, has at least 30 grams of sugar in the mix alone. Even a health-nut’s best friend,  peanut butter, can have excessive amounts of sugar. Once you find the sugar hiding in your foods, you can make smarter decisions. For instance, you might choose a less sugary margarita mix to still enjoy your favorite drink. Or you can pick up the organic peanut butter at the grocery store, which will save you from the sugar attack.

Also, pay close attention to the fruits you eat. Tropical fruits like pineapples and mangoes are loaded with sugar. Although it’s a natural sugar, it still has similar effects on your body in the long run. Keep in mind that sugar is an energy source. If we overindulge and don’t burn that sugar (which is hard to do) our bodies store it as fat!

Eat More Protein.

If you’ve read any health or fitness publication in the last 5 years, this tip is not new to you. Still, I simply cannot stress enough how great protein is for improving your eating habits. Lean proteins, like chicken and fish, are low in calories but have some serious satisfying powers. They fill you up, provide nutrients, and support muscle growth, wproteinhich in turn helps charge your metabolism to burn more fat for weight loss or maintenance. I mean, what else could you ask for?!

I get a lot of protein in my regular meals, but to add more, I like to have high-protein snacks around like greek yogurt, turkey jerky, grilled chicken strips, and egg white muffins. These options are typically lower in calories than chips or crackers, and they keep me full for much longer.

 

 

These are just three of many ways to make small, but powerful changes to your diet. What hacks have you tried? How did these work out for you? Let me know in the comments!

In the meantime, keep it moving!

~ Sharita

Copyright August 2015

 

Comments 25

  1. August 26, 2015

    Track your meals is so helpful and works for me. Although I occasionally get out of the habit and then it is a bit of work to get back into the habit. Nowadays the apps make it so much easier to do.

  2. Bri
    August 26, 2015

    I find the biggest thing is to plan ahead and prepare. Either write down what you’re going to have that day or pack healthy snacks with you to eat.

    1. Sharita Fit
      August 26, 2015

      Yes, meal prep is so helpful! I don’t know why I don’t do that more, even though it works every time!

  3. August 26, 2015

    I have GI issues and so many foods cause problems for me, so I’m pretty cautious about what I eat. Lately tho, it seems that nothing agrees with me. I may need to start logging my food to look for new triggers.

    1. Sharita Fit
      August 26, 2015

      My aunt had that issue, and it took a long time to figure out what foods were OK for her. She had to get a nutritionist too to help find the problem. Hopefully the logging will help and you can get back to semi normal eating!

  4. August 26, 2015

    Good tips! Keeping track of food is really helpful for some people and of course reducing sugar is great for all of us

  5. August 26, 2015

    These are some great and easy hacks! Small changes in the diet really make all the difference.

  6. August 26, 2015

    I use the MyFitnessPal app and boy does it make a difference actually seeing how much your eating. Also I workout, run I am very active but I just have a hard time dropping weight when I want too. My trainer suggested I really look at the sugar content too and I was surprised no shocked at the amount of sugar in things like protein bars and all. Great post!

    1. Sharita Fit
      August 26, 2015

      Sugar is always the make or break for me. When I cut back even a little bit, I notice a slight drop in pounds. Yet, I always go back to sugar! It’s so hard to resist!

  7. August 26, 2015

    I started paying attention to the serving size on packages. Also you should scope out and reduce the SALT, as so many foods have high sodium content. A couple of others could be eat on smaller plates or use smaller utensils.

    1. Sharita Fit
      August 26, 2015

      I haven’t tried to use smaller plates and utensils! Sounds simple enough!

  8. August 26, 2015

    These are all great tips and things I do daily!

  9. August 26, 2015

    I feel like it always comes down to these, and reminders can never hurt. I think that understanding portion control is a big one, too.

  10. August 26, 2015

    Tracking your food is the most powerful tool I know to keep you on track. Unfortunately for me, I’m pretty terrible at doing it!

  11. August 26, 2015

    These are great tips! I get asked all the time why I track my food, and since I started in January it’s become like a game. I specifically look at macros so if it fits I eat it, which means iced coffee and frozen yogurt happen on the reg 😉 I also often get the look from my hubby when I say I’m sore or hungry because it typically means I didn’t eat enough protein

  12. Toni
    August 26, 2015

    These are great! I def have diet committal issues, I needed this post, maybe these hacks will help me out!

  13. August 26, 2015

    Eating more protein definitely helps for me. And I”m so sad to learn that a margarita has 30g of sugar? Yikes!

  14. August 27, 2015

    Yes. Great tips. I find that PRE-planning and recording my meals really helps me too.

  15. August 27, 2015

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  16. August 27, 2015

    These are all super helpful tips, and ones I’ve employed and always encourage my clients to try as well! I think we tend to overcomplicate weight loss and nutrition. It CAN be a complicated topic, but especially when you’re just starting out, simple things like this can make a world of a difference.

    1. Sharita Fit
      August 31, 2015

      Thanks so much for reading and for commenting! I like to keep my eating as simple as possible, or I’ll scare myself away lol.

  17. August 30, 2015

    Great tips, I needed a boost and this might be it.

    1. Sharita Fit
      August 31, 2015

      Good luck Lora!! Thanks for your comment!

  18. August 31, 2015

    Hi! I enjoyed reading this post. I found you through the Facebook page and really like your site! Keep it up and have a wonderful day! :* Deniza

    1. Sharita Fit
      August 31, 2015

      Hi Deniza! Thanks so much for visiting!

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