Are you fed up of failing at your diet? Would you like to have a healthier lifestyle without facing so many failures all the time? Well, first of all, it’s important not to lose hope.
In this article, we’ll give you some guidelines to help the process. The most important thing is that they will help you in the long term.
Ready? Pay attention and, more importantly, take action.
1. Stop seeing your diet as a punishment and see it as a long-term change
One of the main reasons that people fail at their diets is because they see them as a negative consequence of their lifestyle. If you fall into this mistake, you’ll find yourself constantly thinking about when you’ll be able to end it.
The problem with this is that, even if you manage to lose a few kilos, you may well put them back on again as soon as you finish the diet. It is important to mentally prepare yourself with the idea that the diet is a change to improve your life and not just a way to lose “X” kilos.
This way, you’ll stop seeing your diet as something negative. Remember:
- Don’t set a date for the end of your diet.
- Reward yourself each time you reach a goal and create new goals as you go along.
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2. Avoid restrictive diets
Although restrictive diets are often very famous, they aren’t always a good idea. If your doctor hasn’t recommended it to you and if there’s no real reason to follow one, don’t do it.
There are two problems with these kinds of diets:
- Firstly, they don’t teach you to eat well. Due to the nutritional deficiency of these diets, they don’t leave you with good dietary habits. In some cases they can even lead to the opposite effect. That is to say, you might lose pounds of muscles and nutrients instead of kilos of fat.
The best way to avoid failing at your diet is to follow a diet designed especially for you. It is a good idea to seek advice from a nutritionist who can teach you to create balanced meals according to your tastes. Another option is for a nutritionist to plan your menus so that you just have to make the dishes.
- Secondly, restrictive diets only last for a limited time. Since they cut out nutrients, they are never recommended for a long period of time. The majority are recommended for 3 to 7 days. This means that you will not see long-term results. Using them regularly will lead you to feel tired and have bad moods.
3. Educate yourself about healthy lifestyles
Instead of following diets that promise miracle weight loss, it’s better to understand how your body works and why it requires certain nutrients. The most important thing is to learn about these nutrients, where they come from and what are the best ways of including them in your diet.
This way, you won’t see your healthy diet as a punishment. By being more informed, you’ll be less at risk of falling into the temptation of always eating what you shouldn’t. Of course sometimes you might allow yourself a treat, but you’ll be more aware of how it affects your body and the correct quantities to eat to prevent long term damage.
If you have doubts and you don’t want to fail at your diet, seek the advice of a nutritionist. The majority of nutritionists will explain to you how foods act in your body and will teach you to take the right decisions. If your nutritionist still hasn’t done this, ask them to explain it to you and to help you understand how the portions that they recommend you work.
4. Leave space in your diet for foods that you like but aren’t so healthy
Failing at your diet is less likely if you stay open to including less healthy foods from time to time. Some nutritionists leave one day or one meal a week free to help you in this process.
Even if you don’t want to or can’t pay a specialist, try to make sure that at least 80% of your diet is based on fresh vegetables, fruit, meat, dairy products and legumes. You can leave the rest for less healthy foods.
The ideal option is to make these foods at home. For example, instead of ordering the same pizza as usual, learn to make pizza dough and make some homemade varieties that include fresh vegetables and other ingredients.