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1. Do The Math
The first step in making a daily diet is to figure out how many calories you need to consume to lose weight. Its really a simple math problem: if you want to lose weight, the calories you consume have to be less than the calories you burn. To figure out how many calories you ought to be eating, use the free, customizable tools at http://myplate.gov.
2. Start with The Meals
The next step in making a daily diet is to plan for all of your meals, including the three were most familiar with: breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Its important not to skip any of these meals, and in fact, to actually add two more small meals, currently known as snacks.
3. Add Snacks
As I just mentioned, a daily diet ought to include five small meals breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, dinner. Including all five of these small meals ensures youre not hungry throughout the day (which makes you less likely to eat something you shouldnt) and it keeps your metabolism rocking. Now lets talk about what you ought to include, and delete, to make a daily diet plan.
4. Try for 5
If those five small meals sound like prime junk food opportunities, think again. Most of those small meals are actually just the right way to sneak in the five servings of fresh fruits and veggies the USDA recommends. Fresh fruits and veggies are loaded with nutrients, including antioxidants, fiber, and natural energy-boosting sugars. They make excellent treats and snacks and side-dishes for your bigger meals.
5. Drink up!
Did you know that often when youre feeling snacky, youre actually just thirsty? So the next step in making a daily diet is to include your drinks, mostly water. Be sure to sip throughout the day (from your adorable and incredibly hip reusable water bottle), especially in the half-hour before you eat a meal or snack. Youll be well-hydrated and less likely to over-eat.
6. Count The Other Drinks
A girl cant live on water alone, so feel free to add other drinks to your diet plan as well. Might I suggest low-fat or skim milk, all-natural mixed fruit juices, and all-natural unsweetened iced tea? Theyre low in calories and contain the nutrients that make them much better options that chemical-laden diet soda. The key, of course, is to choose fruit juices and iced teas that do NOT contain added sugars or high fructose corn syrup.
7. Shop for It!
The best diet plan in the world is pure worthless if you dont actually have the things on hand to make it happen, so the last step in making a daily diet is to shop for it! Make a list, check it twice, then shop for all of the items youll need for the week for all five meals, plus drinks. Youll notice something while youre shopping, too all of the items youll need are located in the outside edges of the grocery store, while the junk food you have no use for is hidden in the inner aisles. Who knew?