The concept of dieting can be hard. But if you break the idea down into easy steps the concept can become easier to actually follow. Why not add the 5 D’s of diet to your plan and see if it becomes more doable.
Step #1: Delay
Delay your eating. Don’t just eat when you first feel the urge to eat. You may not even be as hungry as you first think you are. Consider the idea of eating for a five minutes. Are you really hungry? Could you wait until dinner to actually eat? Or could you be thirsty? Maybe you should try drinking a glass of water.
Learning to delay your eating is actually the hardest step to learn.
Step #2: Distract
Distract yourself from the idea of eating. This means you need to keep yourself busy, especially yours hands. If you are busy you might be able to delay your eating. Force yourself to
Step #3: Distant yourself
Actually get yourself away from the food. Get out of the kitchen. Don’t keep foods handy. Remember the old saying out of sight out of mind.
Step #4: Determined
Become determined to understand why you eat. Are you really hungry when you eat? Think about your eating patterns? Begin keeping a food journal and evaluate if you are eating more out of hungry or out of emotional need. Become determine to become a better eater.
Step 5: Decide
Decide what type of food you really want or need. Do you want or need something crunchy? Do you want or need something sweet or something salty? You can’t and shouldn’t just eat everything at once? Decide what you need in that moment of time and stick with that type of food. If you do this, you will learn to recognize what your body needs and you will slowly begin to quit overeating.
Will it be easy to learn these 5 steps of dieting? No. Teaching ourselves new ways of eating is never easy. However, once we do begin to accomplish these steps we may begin to see some of the weight come off and we may begin to look and feel better.