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The Dos and Don’ts of Dieting

Dieting can help you to feel good about yourself, have more energy, and become healthier.  However, some things you can do may make you feel worse and sabotage your success.  Here are some dos and don’ts of dieting.


Don’t weigh yourself every day.  While you may feel tempted to look at the scale on a daily basis, you may become frustrated when you see an extra pound on the display.  It’s normal to fluctuate because of factors like water retention and hormonal fluctuations. 


Do weigh yourself weekly.  Weighing yourself once a week at about the same time will give you a better picture of your progress. 


Don’t buy into “fat-free” promises.  While you may feel like fat-free foods give you free reign to eat as much as you want, fat-free foods still contain calories.  Don’t go crazy with these snacks.


Do eat foods that are full of nutrients.  The best foods for snacking are those that provide your body with the things it needs.  Fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and nuts are great sources of energy and nutrition.  They also help to keep you feeling satisfied.


Don’t compare yourself to others.  It’s very tempting to look at your own weight loss and compare it to that of someone else.  However, your body is unique and you may be left feeling disappointed if your weight loss doesn’t match up to someone else’s.


Do look at your own progress.  The only person who you need to worry about is you when it comes to dieting.  Make sure to look at your own progress.  Keep track of the inches you’ve lost, the pounds you’ve lost, and your change in clothing size.  These will help to motivate you to keep going.


Do consider factors besides weight loss.  While the major focus of dieting is often weight loss, you need to look at other factors that can help motivate you to continue.  For example, do you feel more energy and less fatigue? 


Do you have fewer aches and pains?  Are you noticing a change in the frequency of nausea or heartburn?  These are all very important factors for your overall health that can improve with diet.