Someone recently asked me for 10 tips that can help them stick to their diet. I made the following list, but I didn’t order them in the most important. This is because everyone is different. With that said, here are 10 tips for sticking to your diet.
1. Don’t try change your eating habits until you learn skills such as how to get used to eating healthier and how to motivate yourself daily. You’ll also want to know how to withstand cravings and how to get back on track when you make a mistake. Once you do those things, then change your eating habits.
2. Motivate yourself daily by doing things such as creating a list of why you want to lose weight. Look over that list regularly. Make sure to look at it when you feel the most vulnerable, too.
3. Eat slowly and eat while sitting down. Do this even if you don’t feel like it. If you eat fast and mindlessly, then you’ll have no problems falling off your diet plan or binge eating.
4. Hold yourself accountable. Report to another person via email, voice messages or texting. If you have someone to hold yourself accountable or you find ways to hold yourself accountable, then you’ll have an easier time losing weight and sticking to your diet.
5. There’s no such thing as the perfect diet, so stop looking for it. Eat in a way that’s healthy and allow yourself to eat your favorite foods in moderation. If you want to eat more of that food, then consume it before bedtime and not at any other point of the day. After you eat it, brush your teeth and then head to bed for the evening.
6. Alter your mindset about eating and food. You can eat anything you want and whenever you want or you can be thinner. However, you can’t do both at the same time, so pick which one is more important to you.
7. Hunger isn’t an emergency if you are not suffering from a serious medical condition. Remember, there’s a difference between feeling uncomfortable because you skipped lunch and feeling uncomfortable because you broke a bone or had to receive surgery. Certain types of hunger is tolerable and certain types are not, so make sure you learn that hunger is never truly an emergency.
8. There’s a difference between real hunger and craving or desiring to eat something savory. Learn the difference because you don’t want to eat out of boredom or because you are feeling bad about yourself or anything like that. Make sure you keep a list of powerful distractions that you can turn to in the event you get bored or tempted to eat based on emotion because distractions can come in handy.
9. Create a meal and snack plan. Some people don’t have to snack, while others snack after each meal. Some have a few snacks after dinner. Only eat when it’s time to eat and not just whenever you feel like it, Eat Clean Direct have a very good delivery plan which can deliver food directly to your door.
10. Every time matters, so remind yourself that. Every single time you consume something you’re not supposed to consume, then you are only increasing the chances of giving in to temptation again. Before you know it, you’ll be eating that food over and over again.
Your resistance muscle becomes stronger when you stick to your plan and not give into temptation. This means the next time you’re tempted to eat something, then you will have an easier time resisting it. The more you resist, the easier things will become. If you do that and keep the other tips in mind, then you’ll have no problems sticking to your diet.
*(this has been a collaborative post with Eat Clean Direct)*