A Healthy Diet Plan

A Healthy Diet Plan

Losing weight, gaining weight or maintaining a healthy

weight can be a difficult task. However, if you learn to eat healthy and

exercise regularly, and you train your body to accept that - instead

of a daily task, it can become a "way of life."

Here is a simple 5 step plan that can help you learn how to live

a healthier life:

Get into a Healthy Eating Mindset:

If you are going to lose weight or gain weight you must believe that you

can do it. If you are discouraged, you will not be

able to do it. You must think, I CAN LOSE WEIGHT. I WILL

LOSE WEIGHT. I WILL GET HEALTHY STARTING RIGHT NOW!

This may seem a little over the top - but it's not.

You need to get yourself into a healthy mindset. You need

to give yourself positive reinforcement and pump yourself up.

You may need some help to get into a healthy mindset.

It is not a weakness to admit that you need

help. In order to be a healthy person, you have to admit

that sometimes you just can't do it by yourself. You may

need the help of a trained professional (a doctor, a dietician,

a personal trainer) or simply a support network of friendly

people. If you have tried to do it on your own and have failed,

then it is time to get the help that you need - start with your

family physician.

Your support network can be composed of people that

are available for you to talk to, they should be positive people

and they should believe in YOU.

If you don't want to count on your friends and family - you may

need to go out and pay for a diet plan - Weight Watchers,

Jenny Craig, NutriSystem are a few of the programs that also

provide a support network of actual people you can talk

to and find encouragement from.

Find Motivation, Set Goals, and Reward Yourself:

Motivation to lose weight or get healthier is going to be

completely up to you! Whether you are just trying

to lose a few pounds to go to your high school class reunion

or you are trying to lose fifty pounds so that you can

be a healthy person and play with your children... You need

to find a motivation.

Once you have a motivation, set attainable goals.

Set goals that you know you can achieve.

In other words, don't try to lose five pounds in one week.

One or two pounds per week is a small, attainable goal.

Also, plan to reward yourself when you've reached your goal.

For instance, if your motivation is to shed ten pounds to

go to your class reunion, then reward yourself with a new outfit

to wear to the reunion. Or, if your motivation is to lose

50 pounds so that you will feel healthier, plan one fun day going

to an amusement park when you've reached your goal weight.

Take little steps. Motivate yourself using rewards every step

of the way. Set goals and rewards. For instance,

"When I lose 5 lbs, I will reward myself with a new pair

of shoes."

Set your own rewards based on what you really, really want.

Follow through - don't just say you will reward yourself and

then conveniently forget because there are more important things

to buy or do - GO THROUGH WITH YOUR REWARD PLAN.

Plan to Eat Healthy Foods and Healthy Serving Sizes:

Fats, Oils and Sweets - use sparingly.

Milk, Yogurt, Cheese - 2 to 3 servings.

Meat, Poultry, Fish, Dry Beans, Nuts, Eggs - 2 to 3 servings.

Vegetables - 3 to 5 servings.

Fruits - 2 to 3 servings.

Grains, Bread, Cereal, Rice, Pasta - 6 to 11 servings.