The word dieting conjures up a negative image of starvation, malnutrition and anorexia. But that is hyperbolic. Dieting simply means avoiding eating some foods for a while (or permanently), and including other food products to your daily diet. It can be easy to start a diet plan but it can be quite difficult to stick to a dieting plan. However, incorporating these five strategies will help make it easy.
1. Change your way of thinking
Thinking of dieting as restricting yourself from food gives it a negative connotation, and hence more difficult to stick to in the long run. Instead, think of all the great foods that you will be eating, and what positive benefits they will have for your body and its health.
2. Get a partner
It is a good idea to get a partner who will also go on the same diet as you are at the same time. The saying that “two hands are better than one” here is very true. Seeing your partner doing well or coping well with the diet will motivate you to go on with the diet, just as seeing your partner not do well, may also motivate you to go on (to give you competitive bragging rights).
Partner with your spouse if possible, or with a close friend or work colleague.
3. Do not weigh yourself
Because dieting is done to lose weight, many people weigh themselves during the exercise to find out how well they are doing. This can be discouraging as noticeably positive results will not usually come very soon after you have started, but you will have to be patient and have faith, both of which most people lack. They then slack off when they see that the scale has not moved as much as they expected and tend to give up on the diet plan completely.
4. Remove all temptations
If you are living in an environment where you are still seeing and even having access to the foods that you should be avoiding, it will only be a matter of time before you fall back to your old eating habits. If you live alone without a family, you can get rid of those food stuffs from your kitchen. The harder it is to access your temptations, the more less likely it is that you won’t fall back on those temptations.
5. Ignore trendy diet plans
The Internet is filled to the brim with false information. So be careful of popular diet plans that seem too good to be true. Focus instead on what you have tried and tested before, or what your doctor or nutritionist instructs you to eat and not eat.
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