If you’re are constantly finding yourself falling off the healthy eating wagon, it’s important that you start considering what you can do to help yourself stick with it better so that you can move forward and see the results that you’re after.
Adherence really is the number one thing that you must be accounting for as you plan to get in shape and lose weight.
Fortunately, there are a number of ways to make sticking with your diet easier, and if you can just employ one of those, you can get yourself back on track to faster success. Let’s go over the main techniques to try.
- Get a diet buddy. Having a supportive friend there for you during your times of struggle can go a long way to helping you stay on course.
- Make a list of goals. Set some goals from the very start that you want to accomplish so you have a clear reason for being on the diet.
- Use daily goals. Along with your long-term goals, have some daily goals that you can pat yourself on the back for hitting. The feeling you get when you carry them out will propel you forward.
- Try new recipes. Dietary boredom is one of the biggest reasons that people fall off their new eating plan. Make sure to try a new recipe every so often; the choices are endless.
- Add new vegetables to your dishes. Vegetables are a must to eat daily, but most people don’t. Add one new vegetable to your diet each week to help liven up your meals and boost your nutrition. Soon you’re bound to find a new favorite!
- Plan to indulge. If you plan a cheat meal once a week, you won’t obsess so much about guilty pleasure foods the rest of the time.
- Stay hydrated. Not drinking enough water can cause food cravings to set in.
- Stay away from your triggers. If you know you always give in to cinnamon buns after one whiff of the sugary scent, don’t go anywhere near a bakery.
- Shop wisely. If you don’t bring foods you crave into the house, you won’t be able to eat them when the craving strikes.
- Take progress pictures. Doing so will help you see how far your efforts are getting you. When you see your motivation waning, pull out past photos to remind yourself how far you’ve come. Or keep an old pair of pants to slip on when you’re feeling discouraged.
- Write in a journal. Getting your thoughts down on paper will release them and help you work through your emotions rather than turning to comfort food.
The Bottom Line:
So there you have some of the main ways of making sure that you stay the course on your diet plan. The odd set-back here and there is completely normal so don’t expect complete perfection.
As long as you pick yourself back up and get back on track, you should have no problem moving onwards and see the results that you’re hoping for. A set-back is only a set-back if it causes you to fall off the protocol for a week or longer, and you really do damage to your newly formed healthy eating habits.