To really see best results from any dieting plan you choose to use, you need to learn a few ‘basic rules’. If you are going to see superior results that will help propel you forward, these are guidelines that must be followed. Many people miss some or all of these basic rules which costs their success dearly.
Let’s learn about these 5 basic rules below. (They are set from most important first.)
1. Must Set Short Term Goals
Try thinking in three-week segments. Three weeks is about how long it takes for good habits to form, so is the perfect amount of time to you build behaviors that will stand the test of time.
One diet rule that you should abide by and follow is to always set short term goals for yourself. Think about what you are doing in the here and now, not months from now. If they are going to take place six months to a year down the road, it’s too easy to lose sight of your goals.
This is precisely why The 3 Week Diet was created. It will help you stay consistent and motivated until you don’t even have to think about making those changes any longer for smarter dieting– They’ll just be automatic.
2. Prioritize And Eat Fresh Foods
When selecting your foods, eating fresh is a must. We live in a world where processed foods are around every corner and just waiting to cause us weight gain. Eliminate these and you’ll really give your diet a boost. Focus on foods in their natural state– fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, healthy fats and oils, and lean proteins.
Make it this one if you only make one change to your diet plan.
3. Eat On A Regular Basis
By feeding your body frequently throughout the day, you’ll help avoid food cravings, energy lows, and make it that much easier to stick to your diet program.
While the concept that your metabolism will increase the more often you eat isn’t entirely accurate– as the boost you get after a meal is directly related to the size of that meal– eating regularly does help to keep hunger at bay.
4. Eat More Protein
Of all the foods that you could eat while on a fat loss diet, protein is perhaps the most important. Protein helps combat hunger, it helps stabilize blood glucose levels, and it helps prevent lean muscle mass loss. This in turn helps speed up your metabolism and accelerates the process of fat loss.
Don’t let your diet intake fall short. Aim to eat some protein in each and every meal and snack that you consume.
Please note that if you follow any low carb dieting which I recommend, you must keep your protein to a moderate level. So what is your moderate level? It differs form one person to the next but this formula has been used by many.
Protein Intake Guidelines
- Sedentary lifestyle: 0.69 – 0.8 grams per pound of lean body mass
- Mildly active: 0.8 to 1 gram per pound of lean body mass
- Heavy strength training/bodybuilding and exercise: 1 to 1.2 grams per pound of lean body mass
5. Stop Comparing To Others
Instead, start comparing yourself today to yourself from yesterday. That will give you all the details you need to know. You are successful in your journey if each day you are getting better. Stop comparing yourself to others. Realize that this is your own journey and your own body. It’s unlike anyone else’s so you simply can’t expect to see the same results as everyone else.
Keep these basic rules in mind. Focus on these and you can feel confident that you are headed in the right direction. One diet rule that you should abide by and follow is to always set short term goals for yourself. It’s unlike anyone else’s so you simply can’t expect to see the same results as everyone else.