Who does not love to eat? Eating is a very enjoyable activity and it is also beneficial. The body is able to obtain the right nutrients in order to function from the food taken in so people enjoy 3 to 6 meals a day. Food enables the body to function and everyone is encouraged to provide proper nourishment for the body on a daily basis.

Choosing the right food

Unfortunately, inasmuch as eating is beneficial and fun, it can lead to a lot of bad things – obesity, diabetes, heart problems, arthritis and various cancers. The careless intake of food can lead to problems such as weight gain, so everyone is always reminded to eat healthy and to choose the right foods.

It can be very hard, especially when one has become accustomed to a care-free diet, but it needs to be done if health is valued. Tightening the belt and having diet restrictions can be very difficult, but one good method employed by many involves making a list of favorite foods so that they may be avoided.

So how does this work?

A list like this one is easy to create. From snacks to meals to desserts, all favorite foods are listed and beside it health benefits and heath problems related to it, should be noted.

  • It increases awareness – Writing down a list of favorite foods helps increase awareness because it helps the eater know more about what is being eaten. From the list certain things could be noted: calorie intake, fat, protein and carbohydrate content, health benefits of certain foods, presence of MSG, presence of gluten and so forth. It will help properly categorize food intake so that quality of diet could be determined.
  • It works as a reminder – A list such as this one will function as a nagging reminder of the untouchables. It could be stored in the room, by the dresser mirror, in the bathroom mirror, stuck to the refrigerator door, by the kitchen pantry and anywhere else. It it a list of foods you should avoid and it should be out in the open so that it will be easy to refer to when one has already lost track of the items on the list. The goal set in writing things down is so that it becomes automatic for one to avoid it.
  • It can be used to find good alternatives – There are favorite foods, but there are favorites that should be avoided and substituted with a good alternative. After a list is created it could be studied closely so that healthy substitutes could be given. For sweet cravings of cakes, candies and chocolates, fruits, smoothies and yogurt could be enjoyed instead; for salty and crunchy cravings, one can enjoy nuts, lightly salted popcorn and wheat crackers. When a list is on hand, one gets to be more in tune with what is being eaten, well enough to plan healthier alternatives.
  • It promotes honesty – When trying to diet and cut down significantly on the bad foods, being transparent should do a magnificent job because it puts everything out in the open. By making a list of favorite foods to avoid, rules and restrictions are being declared and it encourages one to be more committed to staying true. Why pick up a meal when it is on the list created? Why go against the very list that is supposed to lead you to victory? Writing a list promotes honesty and encourages it.
  • It makes up your reward list – There is always some room for cheat days, even for the strictest of diets and when a list like this one is created it can become the person’s cheat list of foods. After a successful and lengthy run, free from all that is bad, a dieter can graciously reward himself with an item from the list. As long as it is done in regulation, rewarding responsibly can work as a motivation that will help one go through the painstaking diet program. “No pain, no gain”, the favorite foods are avoided at the end of the week, some of it may be enjoyed.

Come Christmas time, people make lists to give to Santa Claus, of all the things they want to receive as reward for being nice. With dieting and weight loss, a list like this one functions as a painful reminder of what needs to be avoided and replaced.