How to Start a Diet and Stick to It!

How to Start a Diet and Stick to It!

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Did you know over 26% of people admit that they give up on their diets before seeing the results they wanted? How can you be among the percentage of people who stick to their diet and are actually successful at losing weight? 

Here are some ways to stick to a healthy diet:

Start with realistic expectations

Eating a nutritious diet has many benefits, including potential weight loss. It’s important to set realistic expectations. Researchers found that obese people who expected to lose a lot of weight were more likely to drop out of a weight loss program within 6–12 months

Think about what really motivates you

Remembering why you’re making healthy choices can help you stay on course. Making a list of specific reasons why you want to get healthier can be helpful.

Keep unhealthy foods out of the house

It’s difficult to eat healthy if you’re surrounded by junk foods. If other family members want to have these foods around, try keeping them hidden rather than on countertops. The saying out of sight, out of mind definitely applies here. Having food on display in various areas of the house has been linked to obesity and increased consumption of unhealthy foods.

Don’t have an ‘all or nothing’ approach

A major roadblock to achieving a healthy diet and lifestyle is black-and-white thinking. Instead of considering the day ruined when you might have over-indulged on some snacks, try putting the past behind you and choosing healthy, unprocessed foods that contain protein for the remainder of the day.

Carry healthy snacks

Sticking to a healthy diet can be tough when you’re away from home for extended periods. When you get too hungry on the go, you may end up grabbing whatever is available. This is often processed food that doesn’t really satisfy hunger and isn’t good for you in the long run. Keeping some jerky, nuts and protein bars on you is always a great choice. 

Have a game plan before eating out

Trying to maintain a healthy diet while eating out can be very challenging. It’s best to have a strategy in place before you get to the restaurant rather than being overwhelmed once you get there. So check out the menu on your phone and have an idea in place beforehand. 

Track and monitor your progress

Logging the foods you eat into a diary, online food tracker, or app can help you stick to a healthy diet and lose weight, or if you have a meal / exercise plan program stick to it and don't derail, this will increase confidence since you're able to stick to this healthy, new lifestyle. 

Get a partner to join you

Having a diet or exercise buddy may be helpful, especially if that person is your partner or spouse.

Start the day with a high-protein breakfast

If your first meal is well balanced and contains adequate protein, you’re more likely to maintain stable blood sugar levels and not overeat for the rest of the day

Realize that it takes time to change your habits

Don’t be discouraged if it takes longer than you expect to adapt to your new, healthy way of living. Just keep at it, getting better 1% daily. You can make changes in 6 weeks but can change your lifestyle in 6 months, just keep pushing!

Figure out what works best for you

There is no perfect way that works for everyone. It’s important to find a way of eating and exercising that you enjoy, find sustainable, and can stick to for the rest of your life. The best diet for you is the one you can stick to in the long run.

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Eating healthy can help you lose weight and have more energy. It can also improve your mood and reduce your risk of disease. Yet despite these benefits, maintaining a healthy diet and lifestyle can be challenging.

***You've got this! Remember: start slow and simple, those small choices will equal big results in the long run! 

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