Ok guys and gals...I would like to compile some tips for people just starting to diet. We're talking never done it before and don't know where to start. I'm looking for things like setting calories or macros, what foods to eat when, how much water, how to deal w/ cravings, definition of cheat/refeed, different methods of dieting, counting veggies, using artificial sweetners, etc....anything ya'll feel like contributing.
If you get an epiphany in your own dieting experience next week or whatever, feel free to share it here.
I will start by saying...I think the first thing you need to do when starting a diet is to set realistic goals. Sometimes when you're just starting out you get excited, motivation is high and you just want to do everything at once and have everything happen all at once. Setting a realistic, attainable goal...whether it's personal or competitive...is so important for keeping you on track when things don't go as planned. And what is realistic is going to be different for everybody. Some people have lived relatively healthy/athletic and "easy" lifestyles (read good genetics/young/fast metabolism) and can start out at a pretty focused level. And others have lived complete opposite to that and will need to take baby steps. Make sure you assess where you're starting from and adjust your expectations accordingly.
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