Starting a new diet can be scary. You straight away crave all the things you recently had access to. You feel like you’re depriving yourself. Everything turns into ‘I can’t have that’, rather than politely declining it because you don’t want it.
We’ve all been there. Most of us know what it’s like to wake up on the dreaded Monday morning of a new diet. You’ve sworn no more cupcakes, to eat more greens and instantly regret the decision.
Dieting doesn’t have to be miserable.
A typical day on the TLC diet will be different, to what your days used to be like. BUT, they don’t have to be bad.
Let’s take a look at how you can approach a day in the life of the TLC Diet.
Mornings are a great time to revitalize yourself and jump start the day. You don’t need to go on a thirty minute jog, but it is a good idea to get in a quick exercise or stretching routine.
A five minute warm up followed by a few body weight exercises to tone is ideal. Stretch, cool down and off you go with your morning.
With TLC, breakfast isn’t complicated. A bowl of cereal with fat free, or low fat, milk is fine. It provides complex carbohydrates, and is low in fat.
You’re also definitely still allowed your coffee – just go light on sugar, or without it at all if you can.
Diets and limp lettuce tend to go together…but they don’t have to be. Lunch can be anything from a tuna salad sandwich (with dressing!) or a low sodium vegetable soup.
You can experiment with your own recipes and throw together something you won’t dread eating a few times a week.
If you work at a desk, try and get out for a walk at lunchtime. Even if it’s just around your office building, get your legs moving and try and get in a little exercise. Also try taking the stairs, rather than the lift wherever possible.
Whenever you find small opportunities to move, take them. It all adds up. Diet and activity go hand in hand in to ensuring a healthier life style.
For most of us the main meal of the day is important. It’s something to look forward to once you get home.
An ideal dinner option is grilled skinless chicken breasts, with roasted vegetables. This is in line with the diet, tastes good and gives you many needed nutrients. Fish is another great option for dinner.
If you’re worried about bland taste, drizzle with a small amount of olive oil. You can also rub herbs and spices into the chicken, or coat the vegetables.
If you have time, and weather permitting, it is a good idea to go for a stroll after dinner. Movement will help your body digest the food and it is much better than sitting on the sofa watching TV.
Most diets prohibit snacking, but there’s nothing wrong with a treat every now and then.
Try and keep it healthy. Don’t reach for the potato chips, but still indulge your taste buds a little.
Greek yogurt with a small amount of berries is a good, sweet example. It tastes good, it’s filling and you’ll be doing your body a favor.
There are many great ways to stick to a TLC diet plan without worrying about what you’re no longer allowed. For many foods, moderation is key.
Meat is acceptable, just limit your intake. Reduce your dairy and sugars. By doing you are giving your body the tools to repair the damage and reduce your cholesterol. All this without having to depend on tablets and pills from your doctor.
A day in the life of the TLC diet is very manageable. Eat right, move little and often and you will feel all the better for it.