One of the most common problems I see with dieting plans is sticking to them! Even if you have the world’s perfect diet it won’t help you if you don’t follow it! Here are three tips that I like to help with sticking to your diet.
1. Plan, Plan, Plan! The old saying goes “if you fail to plan, you plan to fail” and it’s definitely true with dieting. You need to spend some time, sit down, and really figure out what you’re going to eat from day to day. I’ve got a pretty good system that I use for that that I’ll share later, but it doesn’t have to be particularly complicated. You just have to figure out what you’re going to do and stick with it.
“Winging it” when it comes to dieting is a recipe for disaster. Sure, you can probably get away with it once in a while when life gets in the way, but unless you’re extremely disciplined and practiced with your dieting then it’s not going to work. If you are reading this because you have trouble sticking to a diet, then that means that you’re not extremely disciplined and practiced. Sorry about that. So you need to plan.
2. Build a shopping list and stick to it. This is part of your planning. Once you’ve figured out what you’re going to eat, convert that to a shopping list. Now you’ve got a list of (I assume) good, healthy food options. When you go shopping, buy those things and ONLY THOSE THINGS. If there’s no bad food in the house, it’s going to be much harder to eat crap. If you’ve got to get up, get in the car, and motivate towards a fast food place, there’s plenty of opportunity in there to talk yourself out of a burger and fries and into a healthy snack.
3. Find some healthy snacks that you like. I will guarantee you that you can find some great healthy snacks that you really like. I like my protein shakes (chocolate), raw almonds, and string cheese, for example. Since I actually like these things it makes it a whole lot easier to eat them as snacks when I’m dieting and not feel deprived.
You may not like the same foods that I do, but I think you can probably find some good things or some good mixes. The internet is full of recipes, so, by all means, look around and experiment with a few.
Dieting isn’t a on again, off again thing. The cornerstone of a successful diet, no matter what your goal, is persistence and consistency. The best way to remain consistent is to plan out your approach and mesh it with your needs, likes, and schedule as much as possible.