It’s easy to start dieting, and even to start losing weight in the first few weeks. But it’s more difficult to stick to a diet in the longer term. Life keeps throwing temptations, and after a while, many diets can seem limiting. Here are a few tips for sticking with a diet.
Have a clear positive motivation for dieting, and when things get tough, remember what it is. Some dieters write down their motivation on a diet planner that they keep handy on their computer, and use it to keep them on track to reaching their weight loss and health goals. It is a handy tool to you plan and manage your weight loss plan especially when you find it hard to stick to the diet a quick reference can make the difference between success and failure. Adding Quotes like “I want to be healthy,” I want a flatter stomach,” “I want to look good in summer cloths,” are all positive reasons for losing weight. And using a Weight Loss Goal Sheet is a great way make sure you stay on track and conquer dieting obstacles.
Find a reward food that you love, and that’s allowed by the diet. When you’re tempted to stray, and managed to resist, reward yourself properly. That will give you motivation to stave off the smaller temptations.
Eat what you enjoy. Too many people use dieting as a way of punishing themselves. That’s not healthy in the long term. If you are serious about achieving and maintaining a healthy weight, don’t eat healthy foods you don’t like; fine foods you do like, and be a gourmet with in your limits. Snacking is where many dieters fall down. Build a store cup board of healthy snacks that you can safely gaze on, without putting your calorie count through the roof. Divide your snacks into the correct portion sizes so that you don’t eat the whole packet of nuts instead of just a handful. Store they in snack bags which backs, small jars are little pots.
Don’t make life difficult for yourself. Prepared your food and meals in advance this helps stop binge eating when hunger strikes. If you have to prepare the food yourself, let say on Sunday and plan your meals for the week you are much less likely to break into binge eating and over eat when your strength for time.
Have a good sense of priorities. If you have an extra fruit portion or a handful of nuts more than you’re allowed the sky won’t fall on your head. It’s more important to cut out the bottles of Coke or a bar of chocolate.
Make sure you eat regularly never skip breakfast. Good foods in your diet that make you feel pleasantly full. If you don’t feel hungry, you are less likely to be tempted away from your diet. Don’t see the diet as a one off drastic change in your life. To make long-term changes, start gradually see the diet as a part of the process of becoming healthier. Focus on acquiring the habits of healthy eating, not on restricting your food intake for a couple weeks. Don’t beat yourself up if you miss your target once or twice get some extra exercise and consider the calories you burn away. If you are too strict on yourself, you may end up giving up the diet completely. When you learn to take the rough with the smooth, you are more likely to keep going in the long-term.
Sticking to a diet is never going to be easy, nothing worth it is, but by following this advice you can make it less difficult. Once you begin to see the results, you will be proud of yourself for what you can achieve, and that will help you to carry on being a healthy eater.