The hardest part about being on a diet is sticking to the diet. It’s easy enough to plan one, but if you find yourself giving up after a month or so, clearly your plan needs work. Don’t be too hard on yourself, though. It’s not a matter of you being flaky. Going on a diet means changing how you eat, and all habits are hard to break. Instead of going for a generic diet online, creating one to your specific needs and tastes will help keep you going down the right path, instead of back on your couch with a bag of potato chips. Following these three easy steps will ensure that you lose the weight you want, and keep it off.
Use Foods You Love
Obviously, you don’t want to have a diet filled with foods you hate. If you can’t pronounce its name, you probably don’t want it in your diet. A lot of premade diets list supplements to put in your food, drinks, and everything under the sun. Stick to all-natural ingredients instead. Be sure to focus on what you like. If you love pizza, don’t take it out of your diet. Find a healthy way to prepare the same meal. Substituting cauliflower crust can save you countless calories, and you still get your pizza fix. There’s no reason to make sure everything you eat is filled with chia seed and whey protein and all those other crazy things people tell you to put on everything. Just be sure to use vegetables when you can, try to steer clear of processed foods, and cut as much sugar out as possible.
Take a Day Off
You heard me! Take a day off once a week. On that day off, you can do whatever you want and eat whatever you want. It sounds counterproductive, but having a free day will actually help keep you from going belly-up on your diet plans. If you try and cut everything you normally eat out of your diet, especially the fatty things, you’re much more likely to give up and go on a binge. Knowing that you can go out to a dinner with your friends or make an unhealthy meal once a week makes it much easier to keep it under control. Also, despite what you might think, people who take free days are also way less likely to binge on those days. Since they feel like they’re allowed to do this and aren’t sneaking around on their diet, people are much more in control of how much they take it. You can plan this off day for the same day every week, or you can switch it up and pick a day that works best for you.
Build it Up
Rome wasn’t built in a day, and your diet won’t be perfect in a day either. Don’t go full veggie in the first day – heck, don’t even do it in the first week. If you’re building yourself up to a certain diet like a raw diet or a vegetarian diet, take time. Don’t toss out all your meat and dairy. Instead, like getting a baby off a bottle, you have to wean yourself off of the foods you’re used to having. This will help you form healthy eating habits instead of forcing yourself to go through a diet that you hate just to lose weight. Doing that nearly ensures that as soon as you hit your goal weight you’ll just toss the diet out the window and gain it all right back. It might sound childish, but you have to reteach yourself how to make healthy decisions. After a few months of this, you’ll reach for celery before the potato chips every time, and will go for doing some crunches in front of the television instead of sitting around for hours. Don’t beat yourself up if it isn’t easy at first – you can do it, it just takes time.