Is there really a “perfect diet” out there anyway? Why people keep changing their diet? After all, 95% of attempts to diet fail not because there is something wrong with you, but because diets do not work. Key is listen to your body and eat healthy.
- When to refuel? The first key to listening to your body is being able to detect when you are getting hungry. If you are indeed truly hungry, and not just looking for food to cure your boredom, stress or loneliness, then it is time to refuel.
- Stop when you start feeling full: The second key is being able to know when you have had enough. Listen to your body. When you begin to feel full, you will know that you have had enough to eat. The goal is to feel content—not uncomfortably stuffed but not starving either. For some people this means planning five or six smaller, well-balanced meals a day instead of three large meals. And remember, it takes about 20 minutes for your body to realize its full. Be aware of what you are eating—eat sitting down, chew slowly, and enjoy the tastes, smells, and textures of your food. Learn about mindful or intuitive eating.
- Moderation is important: The third key is moderation, nothing to extremes. Often people hear this advice and think it means they can eat whatever they crave, all the time. Obviously, we cannot survive junk foods alone. And if you tried, chances are you’d probably start to crave a balanced meal or fresh fruit or vegetables after a while. These cravings are your body’s way of helping you get the nutrients it knows you need.