It is universally known that sticking with a diet is one of the hardest things to do. It is hard enough to start a diet and exercise plan and even harder to keep at. While many people might burn calories fast initially, many people take months to show the effects. A few weeks into the diet, the motivation starts to recede and people end up going back to their old habits and gain weight. So here are some tips to make the process easier:
- Non-restrictive approach: The moment a restriction is part of healthy eating, the body starts craving it more and more. Instead of fully shunning junk food, it could be portioned. For example, in a day, one could consume a healthy breakfast, lunch and dinner and snack on a small portion of junk food in the evening. The food portion can be reduced and more green vegetables can be taken
- Rewiring the mindset: Training the brain not to place negative connotations on the word ‘diet’ will make it that much easier to stick to it. Instead of calling it a ‘diet plan,’ it could be called ‘healthy eating.’ Just stick to a diet and exercise plan. Do this with a family member or a friend, so that you can push each other.
- Focus on the positives: It might seem like a chore to eat in mathematically calculated quantities, so ignore that. Just focus on getting a wide range of nutrients from different cereals, fruits, and vegetables.
- Pay attention to the body’s signals: Eat when hunger strikes and stop eating when the stomach is full. Don’t eat to while away boredom, eat to satiate hunger. There’s a difference between real hunger and cravings.
- Avoid crash diets and market supplements: It might be tempting to think of losing weight in 30 days, as advertised, but it more often than not ends up being a pipe dream. Take the diet plan one day at a time. There might even be relapses, in which case, don’t punish the body by starving it or by skipping meals. Actual dieting is a work-in-progress.
- Selective shopping: When at the grocery store, shop at the fruits and vegetables counter and avoid making a trip to any other aisle.
- Meal prep: Make a list of meals that can last a week, and on a weekend, cook them and store them in the fridge. Meal preps save you money, time, and most importantly, calories.