Dieting can be a very dubious practice. While there are ways to do so very healthfully and to be able to keep up those good habits over the long term in order to maintain the results, the majority of dieting programs are not designed in a way that most people will realistically keep them up.
That said, just because you want to be able to change what you’re eating, it doesn’t mean that you need to actually adhere to one program or another. There are very positive changes that you can make to your diet without actually having to follow an actual structured diet.
The following are some handy things you can do to change your diet without dieting.
• Drink more water
The odds are that you’re not drinking enough water every day. The reason is that most people simply don’t. The vast majority of Americans go about their days and nights slightly dehydrated. This little bit of dehydration each day is tough on our internal organs and systems. It reduces our energy levels, it slows our weight loss and it even puts us at risk of constipation. Boost your water intake to a healthy daily amount and watch your energy levels rise, your skin improve and you’ll feel better overall.
• Eat more vegetables
Just as you’re likely not getting enough water every day, if you’re an average American, you’re also not eating enough veggies. Vegetables are packed with nutrients your body needs. You can exist without the right nutritional balance, but you won’t thrive that way. Your body will be at a greater risk of heart disease and certain cancers without getting the right nutrients. Start filling half your plate with vegetables at each meal. Start shopping for a wider variety when you’re at the grocery store so you will always have a choice at mealtime. Prepare some in advance to make easy grab-and-go snacks, too.
• Eat more slowly
We live in a culture that rushes through our food. Yes, we like the way things taste, but after that first bite, we tend to mindlessly wolf things down as we watch TV, work at the computer or scroll through our social media accounts. Start paying attention to your food. Take bites and pay attention to how they taste and feel in your mouth. Look for the different flavors from each ingredient. This will slow down your eating pace, will boost the enjoyment of your meal and will help you to feel full after eating less food.
• Keep a food diary
Use a free online nutrition tracker such as ShareFit as a food diary. This can help you to become more aware of what you’re eating and how that translates into the caloric intake as well as the macronutrient ratio you’re consuming. You may be surprised at what you discover and at how easy it is to correct nutritional gaps you hadn’t even known were there.