Statistically, if you are dieting now, you have dieted (and likely failed) in the past. This is because most individuals go through a “boom and bust” cycle of drastic diets, seeing sometimes fantastic progress that often evaporates when the diet is abandoned.
Diets are difficult enough without adding more obstacles, and unfortunately many individuals are simply dieting the wrong way. Discussed below are some mistakes to avoid and things to focus on in order to ensure that you achieve what you set out to from your new nutritional program. They may not magically slim you down, but they will make the process significantly easier and less stressful.
All too many individuals fail at their diets because they set absurd goals and then break down mentally when they begin to realize they cannot be achieved. Chances are you will not lose ten pounds in a week, nor will you shed five dress sizes without some very hard work. Throw your scale away and don’t even think about buying a new one until month two.
This will not only save you from disappointment, but also let you be pleasantly surprised when you weigh in a month later. The number one reason that people fail at diets is frustration. They fail to see the astronomical results they envisioned and then submit to temptation, rationalizing that it hardly matters anyways.
Make Small Changes, not Big Ones
There are few worse ways to sabotage your diet from the outset than to make multiple drastic changes immediately. In fact, doing so may make it impossible to succeed regardless of your willpower. Our metabolisms are dynamic.
They respond and adapt to what we are eating on a daily basis. If you are eating a surplus of calories, chances are your metabolism will be operating at the top end of what it is capable of.
If it suddenly realizes that you are eating significantly less calories on a daily basis, it will immediately take a nosedive. This is because it automatically assumes that you are in starvation mode and no longer minds storing fat for energy later on.
Another reason is because you simply are more likely to stick with a diet if the changes are smaller. Stop eating after dinner. If you succeed at that for a week, give up sugary drinks or white bread. Implement small changes on a weekly or bi-weekly basis. It will stop your metabolism from grinding to a halt and ensure that you are not “diet-shocked”.
Don’t Eat the Same Things
A strange misconception that people convince themselves of is that there are only so many foods that are healthy or OK to eat. That is simply not true. There is a veritable cornucopia of fruits, vegetables, lean meats, and other foods that are both healthy and delicious.
Learn what they are and change up your diet. Eating tuna every night for dinner is almost guaranteed to lead to a break in your diet. Avoid eating the same meal twice in one week. It will make your diet exponentially more bearable and even enjoyable.