Successful Diet Plan
How to Make Your New Diet Work

Written by Sky Taylor, Diet Bites

The Good Diet Egg

Your smart choice to lose that excess weight is one of the most important decisions that you may make in your life.

Dropping those extra pounds can add quality to your life, as well as extend the number of years that you live - making breathing, walking, and even those private-moment times more productive. Woo-hoo!

And of course, by losing weight you'll not only be doing yourself justice, but also your loved ones as you become healthier while cutting so many health risks such as heart disease and diabetes.

The Bad Diet Egg

As with all good things, often there are a few bad items thrown into the mix. Such is dieting. Getting a grip on the common stumbling blocks that dieters encounter can keep you focused so that you will meet your weight loss goals. On that note, here are our top ten suggestions for new dieters.

The Ugly Diet Ducklings OR Potential Diet Swans, Keeping Your Diet Real

The most informative weight loss website, diet book, or diet plan can motivate you to lose weight, but these bulwarks are powerless without YOUR drive to lose weight.

You can discuss weight loss and dieting with friends, with website groups, with your doctor, your nutritionist  and with  family and be terrifically excited about your  new diet plan, but the excitement becomes dormant without YOUR continued drive to lose weight.

You can pick and choose a basket of healthy foods at your local market, but unless YOU choose to make them a permanent part of your daily diet, these foods remain powerless to produce weight loss.

The same theory applies to incorporating activity, as well as other healthy elements that are vital to weight loss success. No doubt about it, weight loss requires great effort, exceptional patience and a strong focus.

So if you're sick and tired of diets - be firm and resolute as you begin your new diet. Promise yourself that this time you'll stick with your weight loss plan until you achieve your weight loss goals. And make good on that promise!

Will it be easy? From past experience, you know that it won't. BUT - think about your past experience with diets. This knowledge in itself can be an important key in helping you conquer your weight.

Begin by asking yourself these questions:

- What did I like about my prior diets?

- What did I dislike about my prior diets?

- What happened to make me go off my prior diets?

- How often did I diet? A few times a year? Every month? Every day - only to go off the diet a few hours after it started?

- If you diet often, why can't you stay on a diet until the weight is lost? Were the diets too bland? Too restrictive? Too much activity required? Too much meal planning required? Were they fad diets? Were they healthy diets? Did you lose motivation to lose weight?

Knowing which foods present the biggest challenges while dieting can also be a huge asset in achieving permanent weight loss.

It doesn't mean that these foods have to be booted from your diet, just enjoyed with moderation.

Rate the strength of your willpower on the following using a scale of 1 to 3:

- when confronted with desserts

- when confronted with gravy

- what about butter?

- meat fats, including the skin.

- sauces & dressings

- and finally - when sugar is involved

What do you expect out of your new diet plan?

- To lose down to my recommended weight, while continuing a healthier lifestyle.

- To lose down to my recommended weight, then resume my former diet.

- To lose just a few pounds so that I feel healthier and my clothing fits more comfortably.

- To lose down to my recommended weight, then resume my former diet in limitation.

Taking the knowledge that you gained from the answers in the three sections above, apply to your new diet. If you determined that desserts, butter and sugar are your hot points, then treat them with respect whenever you encounter them. Don't look them in the eye until you are positive that you control them, rather than THEM controlling YOU.

Rediscovering your eating history can greatly assist in losing weight. Remembering where you've been and what worked as well as what failed is proven information that you can use positively.

Plan for Weight Loss Success

Before skipping out into the Wild Blue Yonder, you'll need a bona fide diet plan or you may find yourself skipping off of mountain without a parachute in sight.

What is a bona fide diet plan?

* Sets forth reasonable calories based on your target weight.

* Incorporates all the food blocks that reside in the Official Food Pyramid.

* Can be adjusted to fit your personal schedule.

* Is a healthy weight loss plan.

* May be a plan issued by a doctor, nutritionist, dietitian or other qualified health professional.

Don't Diet Unless You Intend to Achieve Your Weight Loss Goals

Once you have a healthy diet plan in place, before you step out make sure - make double-dog sure that you intend to go all the way - to lose all the extra weight - that you won't give up until you've reached your target number.

When a dieter quits the weight loss process, it sets the stage for the following:

* Weight gain. For argument's sake let's say that Sally Mae went on a diet plan to lose 25 pounds. She loses 10 pounds, then quits her diet.

By and by she discovers on the Mall scales one day that she has gained weight. Now she is in need of losing 35 pounds. So, she goes on a diet again and this time, she drops 5 pounds then quits dieting.

A month later she discovers that she now has 47 pounds to lose. If not for her disastrous rendezvous with dieting, Sally Mae might have only 25 pounds to lose.

* Future weight loss ambitions are suddenly darkened with a looming Diet Cloud called 'Former Diet Failure hanging over the post-dieter's head'. Call it your ex-diet, or whatever you wish, but Diet Failure can haunt one forever if they allow such.

* Yo-yo dieting. The diet is on - the diet is off. New diets become as frequent as ending diets. Symptoms of Weight Loss

Keeping the Focus on You While Dieting

It might sound selfish to put yourself first and foremost but unless you are Number 1, you can't be the best that you can be for the loved ones in your life.

When dieting, putting yourself first becomes even more vital in your quest to achieve weight loss success.

Here are some suggestions of how one might achieve Number 1 self-ranking:

* If you decide to share with others that you are on a weight loss program, be prepared for free, and at times - unwanted advice. Some good-intending souls may say something that can end up discouraging rather than encouraging.

Be prepared to stand fast to your original weight loss plans. Remember, this diet is all about YOU.

* Take weight loss one day at a time. Be patient and persevere.

* If you are in charge of meal planning, plan wisely. If you're not in charge of meal planning, ask the Chief Cook & Bottle Washer to please leave your meal portions unsalted and unbuttered and unsugared.

* No matter how busy the morning might be, set down to breakfast. Morning time is one of the most important times of the day for dieters.

Use this time for planning out your meals for the day, as well as what you hope to accomplish to improve your health - whether it's exercising or brushing up on recreating your favorite recipes to be more healthful.

* Dedicate time to enjoy a favorite activity. Encourage other family members and/or friends to join you. Getting healthier together can be fun even if YOUR diet is all about you!

Keeping Your Diet Menu Real

Know what 'DIETING' means for some dieters? Dying Inside Each Time I Neglect Grub

Food Group, Recommended Daily Servings* A too-restrictive diet is one of the most common mistakes among dieters.

* In turn, a starvation-type daily diet does more harm for the body than good.

* A diet too restrictive in calories can prove fatal.

Although obesity gains much attention in regards to health risks, there are scores of dieters that are starving to be thin.

We're not talking about anorexia or bulimia disorders, rather individuals who purposely cut food intake to lose down to their recommended healthy weight.

To experience successful, long-term  weight loss it's vital to keep your diet menu sensible.

Here are a few tips that we hope will help you accomplish that:

* Choose several foods that are ultra low in calories that satisfy hunger and/or that don't leave you feeling deprived. Examples: most vegetables & fruits.

* Strive to keep your daily diet patterned after the Official Food Pyramid. Click on the links below to view daily food group recommendations based on daily calories.

As a note, we do not recommend going on a diet that contains less than 1,250 calories per day without the supervision of a qualified health professional. Keeping your diet real equals real weight loss.

Beware of Belly Fat Weight Gain Triggers

There is a lot of weight-gain information circling the Diet Village these days that blames those extra pounds on everything from the environment to climate.

Diet Bites also has a few theories on weight-gain contributors but although these Weight Gain Suspects can contribute to weight gain, their influence is minimal.

Fact is, weight gain occurs for the most part due to too many energy calories consumed over time and/or inactivity.

Because we are what we eat, it's vital to the success of your new diet that you determine the 'triggers' that make you want to eat that special something outside of scheduled meal times.

The next time you feel tempted by a voluptuous goody, ask yourself the following questions and strengthen your diet by analyzing your answers, then work to discover solutions when your appetite strikes.

Be Sure You're Feeding Hunger & Not Your Appetite OR Cravings

- Am I really hungry OR am I playing with Diet Fire?

- What is my current mood?

Count the Calories Before Eating, Consider the Damage to Your Diet

- How many calories will this goody cut out of my daily diet total? Is it worth it? OR, will this goody kick me off my new diet?

- Can I wait to eat until meal time?

- If the goody is particularly high in calories, will a lower calorie goody suffice?

There are times when the desire to eat that special something truly is hunger. In this event, ensure that you are consuming enough calories to keep hunger at bay. If not, adjust accordingly. If you overeat, you're not going to lose that excess belly fat.

Rest, Relaxation as Vital to Health as Exercise & Healthy Diet

Getting your 40 winks each day is indeed important to your good health. Health studies have shown that when an individual is depleted in sleep, they are at a higher risk for weight gain.

Actually, we really didn't need a study or numerous studies to arrive at this conclusion. It's logical that when we're awake more hours per day than the individual who gets adequate rest, we have more opportunity to eat.

Diet Beginning to the Diet End for Weight Loss

In summary, even when a dieter chooses the most powerful diet in the universe, it's powerless until the dieter puts it into action.

No doubt, there will be occasions while you are dieting when you feel that you are on top of the Diet World.

Likewise, there will be moments when you feel like you have reached the end of your Diet Rope - moments when you consider quitting and tossing your aspirations of weight loss into the wind.

Whether you choose to march forward to prevail against the raging winds of the Diet Storm, or whether you choose to toss your diet into the wind, I want you to keep in mind that YOU are worth all the hard efforts necessary to achieve a better level of health.

Losing just a bit of weight can lower high blood pressure, bad cholesterol and lesson the load on your body frame, thus reducing health risks associated with bone disease.

If you decide to lose the extra weight once and for all, good for you! You have much to celebrate.

If not, I want to encourage you to pause as you return to your former diet and at minimum try to embrace a healthier daily diet. Even those little changes can make a big difference in your level of health, as well as on the numbers on your weight scales.

And a  successful diet can be as simple as that!

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