Let’s face it, dieting can be exhausting, overwhelming, and frustrating. There are tons of different diet plans to choose from, many of which involve calorie counting, food restrictions, and prepackaged foods that are filled with artificial ingredients. But you don’t have to diet to lose weight. In fact, by following these tips you’ll be able to live a healthy lifestyle without feeling deprived.
1. Eat Mediterranean meals
Eating Mediterranean meals can reduce your risk of heart disease and cancer, and has also been linked to a decreased incidence of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, Mayo Clinic explains. Following the eating habits of those who live in the Mediterranean consists of eating primarily plant-based foods, such as fruits, veggies, whole grains, legumes, and nuts; replacing butter with healthy fats, such as oil; and using herbs and spices rather than salt to flavor your foods. In addition, Mayo Clinic suggests eating fish and poultry at least twice a week, and limiting your red meat to no more than a few times a month.
Shape adds that you can also enjoy an occasional glass of red wine. By focusing on healthy, antioxidant-rich foods, you’ll feel full and satisfied throughout the day. In fact, Shape notes that by allowing yourself to occasionally sit down to a glass of wine or a steak dinner, you’re ensuring you won’t end up feeling deprived, which can cause you to binge eat or ditch your diet altogether.