How to Stay Consistent with a Diet Without Caving
Losing weight is a challenge that most people are unable to overcome.
There are so many books and articles out there giving tips on how to lose weight but the main challenge most people face is being consistent with their weight loss plan.
Whether it is exercising or dieting, the only way to actually lose the excess weight is to do the right thing and be consistent.
Most people start their weight loss journey, but very few actually push through with it to see the results.
It may seem a bit hard at first following a strict diet plan, but once you get used to it, it becomes part of your life making it much easier to follow.
Here are some tips that will help you stay consistent with your diet.
In each point, I will highlight the various challenges people face while dieting and ways to overcome them.
1. Have a diet plan
The number one mistake most people make is starting their weight loss journey without a proper meal plan.
This is the easiest way to fail.
Having a proper plan will guide you on what foods to eat and at what time.
For example, foods such as carbohydrates should not be eaten at night when you are almost going to bed.
You should, therefore, have a meal plan to restrict you even you have cravings.
It is also important to do your research well before beginning your diet plan and seek the help of a nutritionist if you have to so that you may be well equipped with all the information you need before dietting.
2. Start slowly then gradually progress
Most people make this mistake of starting their diet plan with such high intensity that they fail to keep up.
It is almost impossible to completely change your diet within one day or even one week.
It is, therefore, advisable, to begin with low calorie deficit then increase the level of deficit once you learn how to control the hunger.
3. Do not rely on motivation
In the beginning, most people feel de-motiated to stick to their diet plan.
This is especially so if people around you are not dietting and whenever you are with them, they eat foods that will tempt you.
Remember that you are your own biggest fan and you have a goal to achieve.
You can also find one person to talk to whenever you get these cravings, even if it is your nutritionist.
They will help you stay on track with the diet plan and continuously remind you to stay focused.
Once dieting becomes a habit, the lack of motivation will not stop you.
It is easy to fall back on your diet plan if you are not accountable to anyone.
You may feel the urge to eat that bar of chocolate or burger because no one will find out and you think it might not make a difference in your diet.
However, once you get used to feeding into your cravings, you will never stop.
Find a diet partner whom you are accountable to.
You will not want to disappoint them if they are also working hard to stick to their diet.
However, it is important to pick a partner who will be as committed as you and will keep you on track whenever you are feeling demotivated.
5. Form small habits
There are some habits that may seem small but actually make a big difference in the long run.
These include, drinking two liters of water daily and avoiding carbonated drinks.
At first, it may seem difficult.
If you are looking for sweetness in your drinks, instead of having carbinated drinks switch to fresh juices.
If drinking water is difficult, you can first start with a liter a day and even throw in some fruits such as strawberries and lemons in your water to make it tastier.
Within no time, you will find yourself drinking even up to 3 liters.
Studies have shown that people who drink the recommended amount of water everyday for 12 weeks lose 44% more weight than those who do not.
6. Set short term goals
Losing weight naturally through dietting may take a long time.
Maintaining a calorie deficit throughout this period may be quite hard.
You should, therefore, not focus on the big goal, for example losing 60 pounds but instead make smaller monthly goals such as 10 pounds.
7. Attaining the short term goals will help keep you motivated.
Changing your entire eating habits is definitely very difficult.
However, if you are very serious about your weight loss plan, you should stick to it.
Exercise alone is not enough to lose weight.
You should also strive to change your diet in order to be completely healthy.
Once you have achieved your desired weight, do not fall back into old eating habits.
Try as much as you can to stick to the diet, but you can also have a cheat day once a month where you get to have one of your cravings.