Dieting is not always easy. In fact, it can prove a tough challenge for many people. So here’s a little guide to avoiding things that could make you lose control and start eating. Avoid them like the plague if you wish to succeed.
This is a common mistake. Many people decide in a moment of desperation to follow a super-strict diet and fail. If you don’t have any dieting experience and are not 100 percent sure you can stick with the diet, then choose something else. Always start off small.
You can’t realistically expect things to happen overnight. When choosing your goal, start small, but be prepared to go far. If you hear someone saying how they lost a large number of pounds in a short time, don’t make it your goal to match their performance. Diet results are different from one person to another. Find what works for you through trial and error but don’t lose focus.
Another common mistake is to use the enthusiasm of the first days to hit the gym every day. This won’t help you at all. Your body needs time to heal and expand the muscle mass after each training session. Instead, mix your other days up with sprints, jogs, stretches, cardio classes, etc… You never want to over-train the same muscle groups back to back. Besides, a week of non-stop training could never offset ten or twenty years of couch potato lifestyle.
We all know that cutting down on calories is one of the building blocks of all diets, but you have to be careful about it. Cut down on too many calories, and your body will start storing anything it possibly can. This is not a good way to lose weight. You can try cycling your calories where you go low calories for two days and high calories for three days and so forth. You can also do the same with your macros, where two days you have a high protein low fat no carbs. Then three days with high fats, low protein, no carbs, and two days when you have high carbs low fat and protein.
Some people think that skipping one or two meals could help them lose weight faster. They don’t understand that dieting is all about eating the right food and not starving yourself.
Everybody is eager to see the confirmation of his or her efforts in the shape of lost pounds, but you should not let this drive you to checking your weight every day. The daily fluctuations of your weight will soon have you depressed and ready to quit dieting. And this is something you want to avoid. Instead, weigh yourself once per month along with your body fat percentage and take some pictures of yourself from the front back, and side. (flex and don’t take any sad looking pics)
The two most powerful warriors are patience and time.
Aside from the eagerness that drives people to check their weight every day, other emotions influence dieting. If you know you’re used to reaching out for ice-cream or snacks when you are bored, frustrated or angry, then you should deal with these issues and not allow them to come between you and your purpose. Take a pic that motivates you and make it your screen saver on your electrical devices.
Not everyone was born with iron will and nerves of steel. If you need advice or help, don’t hesitate to ask it from your friends or professionals. Don’t try to solve all problems by yourself. That Is why I’m here along with our community of like-minded folks.
Treats are a great way of raising your willpower and determination. Diets are just food control methods, not prisons. So what if you eat something forbidden once in a while, especially if that food is a favorite of yours? If such treats are not frequent, then they will make no difference in the long run. I love eating my Oreos and vegan ice cream. I don’t do it all the time, but when I do, I go all in.
Use your head as well. If you wish to know how much you eat, then write everything down and analyze the list for things that should not be there. Sometimes hunger creeps up on you and makes you eat something you shouldn’t. Be honest with yourself and keep a clear head.