Dieting will always be more complicated than eating simply what you want, but it doesn't have to be something brutally difficult and complicated.
Especially if you don't have competitive goals.
You need certain care, and ingest certain amounts of macronutrients, but you don't need real daily sacrifices if you know what you're doing.
What can you do to make your diet easier to follow?
That's what you're going to know in this article.
Note. The tips presented here are for both those looking to lose weight, as well as for those who want to gain weight or improve their sports performance.
Prepare meals in advance
You're out of the house at work, and hunger strikes.
All you have at hand is a snack machine.
Wouldn't it be simpler if you had a good meal already prepared by you in advance to eat?
Or even at home, you've been watching a movie and now you want to eat.
You're starving, you open the fridge and the most protein-packed food you have there is a Danoninho.
You look in the closet and all you have is cookies, Maria.
What if you'd prepared some meals in advance and now just warm up some good steaks with rice?
Having meals prepared is one of the best strategies to be able to follow your diet consistently, and without great mental battles over what you should or shouldn't eat.
You don't always have to walk around with a backpack with eight tupperwares on the back, but if you're dependent on coffee food, it's going to be tough.
Give preference to foods you like
You don't like chicken steaks, but you like turkey steaks.
Use turkey steaks.
You hate sweet potatoes, but you love pasta.
It uses pasta.
You hate spinach, but do you even like green beans?
You know the answer.
The important thing is to fill your daily needs not only with quality food, but with foods that please you, and that you can ingest consistently.
There are no mandatory foods, and no, you won't stop getting results by not eating oatmeal.
Use tasty protein recipes
There are dozens and more dozens of protein-rich recipes on the internet out there.
To start the day you can for example try these tasty protein crepes.
For the snack take a look at this protein cake, and you won't even realize you're on a diet.
If you're good in the kitchen you can even invent your own recipes to meet your daily needs with flavor.
Here are some recipes you can include in your diet.
Gradual changes instead of drastic changes
Antonio was used to eating cakes in the morning, McDonalds in the afternoon and sushi-free buffet in the evening.
Suddenly he decides to get in shape and starts following the diet of his friend who has been in the gym for 5 years, without stops.
A strict diet, with lots of chicken breasts and broccoli.
What do you think's going to happen to Antony?
The most certain is to give up after a week or less.
Don't try to change habits you've built for years from one day to the next.
It tries a more gradual approach in the long run.
And no, following the X-person diet won't give you the same results as that person.
The spices are your friends
Just as there are dozens of different recipes, there are also dozens of different spices and spices.
You can easily completely change the taste of a chicken steak with a little garlic, pepper or something to your liking, without losing nutritional value.
This is clearly more useful in dry diets, where choices tend to get smaller, and it is useful to give a new flavor to repeated foods.
Eat BEFORE you get (very) hungry
Attention, this is not an excuse to eat all the time.
On the other hand, eating when you're on the verge of a real hunger attack will make it harder for you to make sensible choices, and easy to take it all the way.
Eat a little before you're (very) hungry, and if you structure your diet well, it won't be hard to get.
If you're having trouble controlling your appetite, take a look at this article.
To make your diet easier to follow, there's nothing like knowing the calorie and macronutrient values you need.
In addition, having a predefined structure saves you a lot of time in small decisions than eating, not eating.
As if that wasn't enough, knowing this, you can also be more flexible with your food, and adapt when unforeseen events occur.
And don't forget, extreme diets rarely give results.
Come up with something you can imagine going forward in the long run, not a diet to give up within a week.
When you go shopping, watch out for the food you buy. If you fill the fridge and the cake and candy cabinets, it's going to be hard to follow your diet.
If, on the other hand, you avoid buying these kinds of products, and you fill the food fridge that fits easily into your food, then it will be much easier.
Oh, and avoid going shopping hungry, does not usually give good result.
It's never too much to repeat: You need at least one goal.
Why are you following a more structured diet instead of going to McDonalds for lunch and dinner like your friends?
It's important to have a goal and it's important that you remember it.
If you have no specific reason, and you started following a diet yesterday just because it's fashionable, it's hardly going to last long.
Do not associate the word diet with a temporary diet that leads you to achieve a certain goal.
Unless your goal is temporary, then a temporary feed will probably do.
The secret to having good results, and lasting, is to change your eating habits, not make the last diet of fashion.
And as you create these changes, and adapt new habits, your diet becomes much easier to follow, especially (of course) if you follow the tips in this article.