How to Stick to Your Diet
Many of my customers are worried about sticking to their “diet.” When they start on one of our home workout programs. After all, weight loss is a two-fold change in your lifestyle.
1. You must exercise more.
2. You must change your nutrition.
One of the most important things to evaluate in your life is why you actually wanted to start “dieting” to begin with. Perhaps you have a wedding or other big event like a class reunion that you want to look good for. Perhaps it is just the time of year and you are setting new goals. Maybe you are going on vacation. Or, it could be that you were told by your doctor that you need to lose some weight to improve your health.
Whatever your reasons, starting a diet can be an exciting and rejuvenating idea.
But after a few weeks, or even days, the enthusiasm you felt at the start of your new diet won’t stay at the same level.
You may be missing some of your old food choices, you may feel hungrier, or you may just feel deprived and grumpy.
But there are success strategies that will help you stick to your diet and reach your goals without stalling out. When you understand diet basics and tips for maintaining your progress, you’ll reach your goal in no time.
Sticking to your diet actually starts with choosing your diet in the first place. There are thousands of diets you could try and it’s important that you do your homework before you start one. There’s the abc diet, the hgc diet, the cottage cheese diet, there is even a taco bell diet – can you believe that?
A diet needs to fit in with your lifestyle and be something that you can do realistically. For example, eating a diet of raw foods may be extremely healthy and help you lose weight. But it’s not for everyone.
If you work 2 jobs it’s probably not the best because of all the time-consuming food prep. If you don’t have time to prepare the appropriate foods, it’s not likely that you’ll stick to this diet for very long.
And there are hundreds more diets that have components that may not work for you while some diets will be perfect for you. So you must choose a diet that will not defeat you in the very beginning.
Here are a few things you should ask about a diet before beginning it:
- How much food preparation will be involved?
- Will you have to buy special products?
- Do you need specific tools that you don’t already own?
- Is the food something you already like?
- Does this diet work with your current work schedule and lifestyle?
- Will you have to diet alone, or can your family also practice this way of eating?
- Will you be able to eat out? Or will all food have to come from home?
- How much money will you need spend each month for this diet?
- Will you have to attend meetings for it?
- Will the diet interfere with any health conditions or medications?
- Have you tried this diet before?
You want to choose a diet that fits within your budget and fits within your schedule. If you have a lot of free time, a diet that requires a lot of food preparation may be okay but if you are a Mom or Dad and have a hectic schedule, you need to simplify things to ensure success. Right now juicing is a huge fad, but the cost of the vegetables alone (and they should all be organic) can be upwards of $400 a week. Yes, I just said per week.
No matter what, you will have to adjust your normal habits. I always recommend that my customers do the following:
1. Workout first thing in the morning:
When you workout first thing – you start your day with success. It literally changes your entire day for the better. Not only do you have your exercise finished for the day, now your endorphins are released and your mood is better.
Also because you have worked out first, you will be less likely to blow the rest of the day because you want to stay on track.
2. Simplify your nutrition:
Chances are you have purchased one of my workout programs. Each of our premium workouts include diet recommendations and menus. When you are a Club Member you also have access to a menu planner that comes with shopping lists and recipes.
3. Make one meal a no brainer:
I always recommend that you replace one meal with Shakeology. This is because when you are a busy person trying to get everything done you need to do, Shakeology simplifies nutrition. With one shake you are able to put over 70 healthy ingredients into your body. There is nothing else like it anywhere.
You will be amazed at how good you feel just by adding Shakeology to your diet.
4. Plan out at least two snacks per day:
This doesn’t have to take much time at all. Put a small bag of almonds or cashews in your briefcase and bring with you for the day. Bring a piece of fruit for your other snack.
5. Dinner should generally be a protein and veggies:
Plain and simple. You will see lots of great meal ideas when you are club member.
There you have it. Going on a diet shouldn’t be torture. It should be a lifestyle change that you WANT to stick with. Soon you will achieve the results you wanted and begin a lifestyle of health and fitness.