5 Tips for Sticking to a Healthy Diet
One of the most common problems with dieting is that it’s difficult to stick to it after a few days have passed by. Some of us struggle with just one day, while others can keep going for a few months before giving in and reverting back to old ways. Here are some tips which will hopefully help you to stick to a healthy diet for longer.
1. Don’t see it as a diet
It’s a common saying, but you need to see it as a new way of eating and a new lifestyle rather than a diet. The word ‘diet’ can make us feel like we’re restraining ourselves from enjoying food and having to sacrifice lots of things that we want. When you change your attitude towards it, you’ll be able to stick at it for longer without feeling like you’re ‘on a diet’.
2. Put pressure on yourself
If you keep it a secret and don’t discuss it with anybody, it’s easy to give in or have cheat days here and there. Whether it’s discussing it with your friends at the weekend, blogging about it on your own personal website or posting on Facebook about how much you’ve lost or a new recipe you’ve tried this week, give yourself a little bit of healthy added pressure to keep you going.
3. Set smaller targets
Giving yourself one big target can make it seem impossible to reach. If you need to lose 50 pounds, break it down into smaller goals. Start off by attempting to lose 10 pounds over the next 2-3 months. When you hit that target, you’ll already have that feeling of achievement, and you can work towards losing the next 10 pounds.
4. Try new foods
Diets and healthy eating plans get boring when you don’t mix it up a little bit and try new things. Have you never cooked prawns and want to try them? Buy some and check out some easy recipes online. Maybe you’ve heard lots about tofu and are curious to see what the fuss is about. There are loads of new foods out there that you won’t have tried before, and even if you’re struggling to find new foods you’ve never eaten, you’ll definitely be able to discover new recipes and different ways of cooking that will spice up your meals.
5. Take pictures
Progress pictures are one of the best ways to help yourself stay on track. Seeing the number on the scale change can be motivating, but seeing yourself before and after adds a whole new dimension.