Learning How to Stick To Your Diet

Structuring the food you eat is not an easy task. With all of the temptations in the modern world, along with the boredom which can come with this process, it can be easy to find yourself slipping out of the good habits you’ve built far too quickly. Of course, this isn’t such a big problem when you’re simply trying to lose weight or get fitter. For those who need to diet to maintain good health, though, this part of your lifestyle may not be a choice. Here I will be exploring some tips to help you to start picking the right lifestyle and way of eating and sticking to your plan.


Choosing The Right One

There is a wide range of different factors which go into choosing the type of diet you want to adopt and make your own. It’s important to make sure that you’re not choosing a diet which you’ll hate or struggle with from the beginning, but you also need to think about other aspects of your life, ensuring that you’re considering the whole picture. If you need help choosing a diet, your doctor or dietitian may be able to give you some suggestions. Below, you can find some examples of the factors which should go into your choice.

  • Food You Enjoy: Everyone has a unique preference when it comes to the food they like. If you force yourself to eat food which you don’t enjoy all the time, it will be very hard to keep yourself on the right track, with the temptations around you being increasingly alluring. A diet doesn’t have to be a super-strict regime, though, and you’re allowed to get some pleasure from your food.
  • Provides Medical Benefits: There are a lot of medical conditions out there which can benefit or even require special diets to make sure that you don’t go downhill. Companies like Nu Image Medical can help you with this process, giving you comprehensive meal plans and other tools which will make it easier to stick to it. Of course, though, you have to remember to focus on other aspects of your health, too.
  • Matching Your Activities: The food you eat and the exercise you do throughout the day go hand in hand. The more you move, the larger your appetite.  While I do not advise clients to be calorie obsessed, it can be insightful to be calorie aware. It’s helpful being aware of how many calories stack up in average meals and snacks, but not consumed to track every calorie you eat, every day. There are loads of calculators around the web which can be used to get an idea of the level of nutrition you need. 

Planning For The Long Term

Once you’ve chosen a lifestyle you want to adjust towards, it’s time to start planning for the future. Going through this process will help to keep you on the right track by taking away your choice. If you have already set yourself for the diet you’ve been struggling with, it should be much easier to keep using it, even if you find it a challenge. There are only a couple of areas you need to plan for, and you can find some information surrounding them below, though it may also be worth doing some of your own research to make sure that you’re getting all the help you can find.

  • Fill The Cupboards: When you know what you’ll need to be eating each day, it will be a lot easier to plan all of your meals out. Once you’ve done this, filling your cupboards with all of the food you’ll be making is the best route to take, rather than shopping each day to buy one meal at a time. Not only will this help to stop impulse purchases, but it will also make it much harder to find excuses not to stick to your diet.
  • Set Some Goals: Along with filling your cupboards, setting some reasonable goals for yourself will also be a good idea. These should go long into the future, with plenty of milestones along the way, giving you the chance to motivate yourself by reaching small targets, while also giving you an idea of how well you’re doing. You can easily set a high standard at this stage which will push you further than ever before.

Reward Yourself

When you’re working on new health goals, keeping yourself on track can be a delicate balance. While too much tasty food will often result in relapsing, having none whatsoever will also make it harder to stick to the rules, making it crucial that you find a way to reward yourself which works well for you. Some people will want to have the occasional treat, but others will prefer the idea of rewarding themselves with an activity. The sky’s the limit when you’re giving yourself something you’ll enjoy.

Take A Reality Check

Finally, as the last area to consider, it’s time to give yourself a reality check. In a lot of cases, the reasons you’ll be dieting are far more important than your desire for the food you like, and this should be enough to keep you going. If you have a medical condition which could be made worse with the wrong food, for example, it will be very much in your interest to stick to the boring diet. This is where you can use your goals as a true reference for your success, as a reality check can also be very positive.

With all of this in mind, you should be feeling ready to take on the challenge of sticking to your new lifestyle. A lot of people struggle with this sort of work, but work at a pace that is unique to you. 

Let’s Make This Year (2018) Different

How many people do you think made a weight loss wish when the ball dropped this year? Chances are, quite a few.

With two-thirds of Americans overweight, there are an estimated 45 million people on a diet right now, chalking up $33 billion per year on weight loss products.

Yet, times are changing, and so are the approaches to improving our health. The dogma of calories in, equal calories out has been exploited. There is far more involved with wellness and weight loss than the obsession with eating perfect portions of perfectly healthy food.

Make this year different by relaxing the efforts on dieting, and create a balance between the mind, body, and spirit, emphasizing how you feel, how, what and when you eat, and what you believe makes you healthy. I’ve included a few items to focus on below:

1. Hydrate

The goal is to drink half your weight in ounces, and more if you are exercising or traveling. Start the day with an inner bath and drink 20 ounces first thing. In the winter, I fulfill this need by carrying a water bottle with me wherever I go, or more often you will see me with my Continga containing hot water with lemon.

2. Don’t Major in Minor Things

Sometimes eating “perfectly” can do us more harm than good. Relax and don’t give up 95% of your life to drop 5% of your weight (or fill in the blank of what you are trying to achieve). The healthiest version of yourself isn’t how good you look in a swimsuit. The healthiest version of yourself is when hormones are balanced, your body and mind are strong and you have the energy to do what you love. When you push your body to extremes, including talking to yourself in a negative way, you’re giving up more than calories. You miss out on life.

3. Avoid Vegetable Oils and Man-Made Oils (Canola. Corn, Sunflower, Soybean oil, Safflower and Cottonseed oil)

These oils have large amounts of biologically active fats called Omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids, which are harmful to our health.  The more Omega-6s you eat, the more systemic inflammation you will have. Opt for better fats such as coconut oil, avocado oil. palm oil, grass-fed butter or ghee for cooking, and olive oil, macadamia nut oil, sesame oil, walnut oil for cold uses. Make sure to have some sort of fat on your plate at each meal, and the right kind of fat.

4. Know Hunger is the Best Sauce

Master hunger and feel comfortable being hungry 30 to 60 minutes before a meal. Eat when you’re hungry – but only when you’re hungry. Forget the clock and listen to your body instead. 

5. Moderate

Perhaps my favorite tip: moderation (and I am not talking food). While working hard in your career, parenthood, friendships, life, find a balance in enjoying things like make you happy. Being healthy is a balancing act, and not about deprivation nor perfection.

6.  Stress Less – Sleep More

Sleep is the backbone of good health. Guard your bedtime as sleep deprivation decreases the release of growth hormones and increases cortisol levels. Both of these play an important role in blood sugar control.