You’ve been eating right, exercising regularly, and taking good care of your body in general. Be it for weight loss or gain, changes in weight happen over time when you start your nutrition plan. So, while you wait, how do you figure out if your diet is going to be worth the wait? Constantly checking the scale will do nothing but make you more conscious and nervous. Instead of focusing on the numbers, watch out for these signs that indicate progress in your overall health and well-being.
1. Cranky Moods Are A Thing Of The Past
While junk food is tasty, they do not contain the nutrients that your body needs to survive. When you push away the processed products and say yes to healthy wholesome foods, you nourish not just your body but your mind as well. The right nutrient intake will prevent nutrient deficiencies and boost the neurotransmitters – dopamine, serotonin, oxytocin, and endorphins – that trigger the happy feelings.1
Along with this, regulating your diet gives you a feeling of accomplishment. You’re automatically more confident with a fit, healthier body. You feel more in control of your life, motivated, focused, and nothing seems impossible. All such positives moods and emotions are good indicators of a successful nutrition plan.
2. You Do Not Feel Stuffed After Meals
Before the diet began, you probably hogged your favorite foods, most likely processed ones, whenever you could. Although this satisfied your craving, it did nothing to soothe the guilt or the overstuffed feeling later on. Once you start your healthy diet, you’ll find that the post-lunch feeling is that of satisfaction.
3. Your Cravings Are Under Control
When you crave for food, it isn’t just the flavors that you’re craving for. The body has its own way of reminding you when it falls short of certain nutrients. When you start eating healthy, your nutrient intake is up to the mark, you face no deficiencies, and your body is satisfied. While your craving for junk food won’t go away that quickly, your will to stay healthy will soon take over.
4. Your Bowel Movements Are Smooth
One of the major indications of an unhealthy stomach is erratic pooping. You might have trouble pooping, do it at odd hours, or even find it painful, all of which show that your diet is doing you no good. Once you start eating right, your digestive system finds it easier to do its job since healthy foods are easier to digest. The nutrients will also give your digestion and immunity a boost. Are you feeling good after pooping and doing so regularly? Then, your new diet plan might just be your best idea yet.
5. Sleep Comes Easy
Getting good sleep is THE key to healthy living. Sleep issues can be due to multiple factors: excess caffeine intake, stress, external factors like excess noise or light, jet lag, hangover, and more. But one of the major causes is what you eat. Overeating, eating the wrong type of foods, and bloating can prevent you from getting a good night’s sleep. When you eat right, your digestive system isn’t overworked, you feel good, and you tend to nod off naturally, easily.2
With a well-planned diet, you eat less at dinnertime. You’re more healthy and energetic, which erases the need for caffeine or other energizing drinks during the day or before bedtime. At the end of a long day, your body feels light enough to naturally wind down and doze off sooner than you did earlier. If you’ve been sleeping better lately, stick to your diet plan.
6. Your Energy Levels Are High
Waking up to your alarm doesn’t feel like such a pain anymore. You don’t necessarily need a cuppa to get you going; the exercise routine does just fine. You’re active at work/college without the help of any kind of energy boosters. This is because your nutrient-rich diet is working wonders for you, keeping you active the entire day. Gone are the days when you constantly wished to take a quick nap.
7. Your Endurance Level Has Gone Up
Can’t believe how much you used to struggle to do just 10 pushups? Now, there’s good progress. Nutrition, along with the right workout, makes you stronger and increases your endurance level before you start to lose the pounds. Have you been able to work out more without getting tired? Aren’t your muscles too sore post-workout? Do you recover sooner than you used to? Just continue with your diet.
8. The Diet Is The New Normal
Initially, dieting had felt like a tough challenge. But now, saying no to junk food comes easy. What your friends order when you step out doesn’t seem so tempting anymore because eating right makes you that much happier and satisfied. Preparing for your diet plan comes easily to you as you begin to enjoy the lifestyle, with all its perks.
9. Your Clothes Fit A Tad Bit Better
The pointer on the scale might not have moved much, but a good nutrition plan will have some effects on your body. Your clothes will start to feel a tad bit looser or tighter, according to your diet plan. You might not have reached the stage where you need to buy a different size altogether yet, but this is a good indication that you’ll soon get there.
Weight gain or loss is not the best indicator of a successful diet plan because increased muscle mass or even a bloated stomach can make you look fatter. Know that you’re on the right path if eating healthy comes naturally to you and if you don’t feel the need to have a cheat day as what you want is what you need – delicious, wholesome foods.
|↑1||Bodnar, Lisa M., and Katherine L. Wisner. “Nutrition and depression: implications for improving mental health among childbearing-aged women.” Biological psychiatry 58, no. 9 (2005): 679-685.|
|↑2||Partinen, Markku. “Nutrition and sleep.” In Sleep Disorders Medicine, pp. 539-558. Springer New York, 2017.|