When looking to start a new diet or transition into a more healthy way of life, changing your habits can be difficult at first. There are so many triggers out there that push us to completely ditch our diets in favor of a box of a dozen Krispy Kreme donuts. Although implementing a meal and exercise routine isn’t always easy, it’s far from impossible. Don’t let the fear of failure keep you from achieving the body or healthy lifestyle you desire. With hard work, discipline, and consistency, there is nothing you can’t achieve!
Losing weight and transitioning to a healthier lifestyle is more like a marathon than a sprint. Here are some tips to help you stay focused and motivated while dieting:
Set realistic expectations for yourself
You want to set realistic goals that you know you can achieve. If you remember any of these tips, let it be this one. By setting realistic goals for yourself, you are more likely to stick to the diet (AKA meal plan), and succeed.
Don’t restrict yourself too much
The worst thing you can do while you are dieting is to restrict yourself completely from the foods you crave most. Being too restrictive with food can leave you feeling like you need to binge.
Try to keep unhealthy or triggering foods outside of the house
The best way to avoid triggering foods is to simply keep them out of sight and out of mind. If your pantry is full of delicious yet terribly bad for you junk food, you are going to be much more tempted to break your diet. So make sure to do a pantry sweep and get rid of any junk food that may be tempting.
Make sure you carry health foods to snack on
Bringing healthy snacks with you while you are on the go can help you stay on track when there may not be healthy options available.
Diet and exercise at the same time
Dieting is most effective when paired with a good exercise routine. When you diet and exercise at the same time, it is easier to stick to your plan. You’ll see results sooner, and when you feel good, you’re that much more motivated.
Start your health food journey with a friend for motivation
Everything is easier when you do it with a partner. Starting a diet with a friend can be extremely helpful because you can keep each other accountable, while also motivating each other to reach your goals.
Remember, breakfast is the most important meal of the day!
When you start your day with a hearty and healthy breakfast, you are setting the precedent for the rest of the day. Start your day with a breakfast high in protein, healthy fats, and carbs.
Stress ruins everything! Stress can cause us to crave sugary, simple carb foods. Stress eating is a real thing: it’s eating when you are not hungry as a primal response to being stressed. Make sure to give yourself a lot of self-care emotionally while you are on your wellness journey.