5 Ways To Stick to a Diet and Enjoy it!
Do you struggle to stick to a diet plan? Follow these 5 simple steps to help ensure the next diet is one you can maintain for life!
1. Think Positive thoughts.
“I have to go on a diet,” is not the best way to start any weight loss program, because it’s negative thinking right from the beginning. When you begin a diet with that kind of mindset, you think that you must give up your fav foods and you have to suffer. Please, do your self a favour and don’t go there! Begin a diet by thinking “I can do this” or “I’m going to have so much more energy.” These are positive thoughts that are REALISTIC! How you think is going to impact your success.
2. Know WHY You Want To Diet.
What are you trying to accomplish? If you think losing weight will make you happy, that’s NOT realistic. If you think it will improve your health and give you more energy, that’s a GREAT reason to diet! View yourself as healthy. Then think about what you enjoy: treating yourself to a day at the beach? Shopping for a new dress? Playing soccer with your kids? Focus on positive – but realistic – outcomes to keep yourself motivated.
3. Give Yourself A Little Love.
If you’ve been avoiding mirrors because you are overweight, spend some time looking into one. What do like about yourself? Is it your beautiful eyes? Long hair? Maybe, you have an hourglass figure, even with the extra pounds. Now, go a step further. What are the things you are good at doing? Realize that your weight doesn’t define you – look past the negatives and feel good about yourself.
4. Be Realistic & Patient.
Fast-start dieting is a great way to get motivated, but if you have a considerable amount of weight to lose, it’s still going to take time. Be realistic. Know that you’re looking at sticking with your diet for as long as it takes (and then having to stick to it to maintain your progress!) Be patient with yourself. Be patient when your weight loss slows down – it will pick up again. It may be a long run, but you’ll love the end result!
5. Admit You Need Help.
Dieting isn’t easy. If you need help, ask! When you get professional help, you’re going to find someone who can help you find the right diet for your lifestyle, give you a better understanding and, at the same time, help keep you on track. There’s no failure in getting help. It makes dieting easier. It gives you someone to share both your failures and successes.
Start your diet on a positive note. Get help if you need it. Be realistic. Be patient, and remember it will all add up to getting the body that you WANT!