I’ve come across a large number of people who say they’re tired of dieting because they can’t stick to their diet for long.
The #1 problem they don’t realise is that they believe dieting starts after making a diet plan. When, in fact, it starts before it. Here are a few simple ways to stick to a healthy diet.
Set realistic expectations
We all want to eat a nutritious diet, yet when it comes to planning a diet, we include everything. From mint tea to pumpkin seeds and broccoli soup to bitter gourd juice, we mention everything will help us lose weight.
Doing so, you forget to take into consideration what foods you despise eating and what you really like to eat. This becomes a major problem when the initial enthusiasm fades and you’re forced to eat things you hate.
It’s what leads you to abandon your diet.
The solution to this problem is to include healthy alternatives for things you like. For instance, you could opt for fruit when you’re in the mood to eat something sweet.
Remember what motivates you
When my friend first went to the gym and sat down to prepare her diet with her dietician, she had to answer one simple question, “Katie, what’s your goal?”
Her response was, “to fit into my new red dress”, (which was 3 sizes smaller than her current size then.)
Her goal was written on top of every diet page and everyday workout routine. This little reminder stopped her every time she felt tempted to skip a day at the gym or have an unnecessary cheat day.
Remembering why you’re dieting can help you stay on course for a longer period of time.
Bid goodbye to unhealthy foods
It’s difficult to stick to your diet if you have junk food around you.
If you share a house with friends or family who aren’t on a diet, it’s best to ask them to keep such food items in their rooms or keep them hidden.
Keeping unhealthy foods out of sight will drastically increase your chances of keeping your diet on track.
Plan your eating sprees
Maintaining a healthy diet while eating out can be tough but not impossible.
The best thing is to check the menu before arriving at the said venue. This will help you pick healthy options before you reach decreasing your chances of impulsive eating.
- Practise ‘Mindful eating’
Taking time to enjoy your food and appreciating its ability to nourish you can assist you make success, bevhaviorial changes.
In a study of obese and overwirght women, mindful eating significantly improved their relationship with their food.
It’s an excellent method to reduce your impulse to binge eat.
- Maintain a food journal
You can use an app, online food tracker or a diary to log in the foods that you eat everyday.
Measuring your daily progress will give you the motivation you need to keep going.
- Begin your day with a protein-rich breakfast
You’re likely to maintain stable blood sugar levels if you begin your day with a balanced and high-protein breakfast.
This helps you feel full for longer periods of time and prevents you from overeating later during the day.
- Get a diet partner
Some of us have a high willpower and some don’t. If you’re someone who falls in the latter category, it’s wise to have a partner diet with you.
It can be anyone from your friends and family to your coworker or even your gym buddy.
Sticking to a diet is easier when you’re doing it with someone else rather than on your own.
Having your spouse or partner can significantly increase your chances of success as you have someone to inspire and motivate you throughout your journey.
Keeping your diet on track isn’t easy. However, these strategies will help you break your bad habits and stick to your diet plans.
Begin by managing your expectations and clearing your house of junk foods and mindful eating. Find out what works best for you.
Author Bio: Shristi Patni
Shristi is a content writer and owner of F and B Recipes. Formerly the Chief Content Officer at Raletta, she is currently working on her second cookbook. Feel free to connect with her via Linkedin or drop an email at email@example.com.