You start out with the best of intentions, but the following situation never fails: two weeks into your new diet, you find yourself elbow deep into a bag of potato chips and guzzling a two liter of Mountain Dew. Instead of getting frustrated, Dr. Nandi is offering up some advice on how to maintain your diet, no matter what.
Forget the Fads
From no carbs to raw foods, fad diets set you up to fail. By strictly limiting what you can and can’t eat, you end up depriving yourself of foods, making it more likely to cheat, or worse yet, binge. Instead of opting for the newest weight loss diet you see on Facebook, start focusing on making healthier choices. To make the best choices possible, pick lean meats, lots of vegetables in a variety of colors, and foods as close as possible to their natural state. Avoid processed foods and those with a lot of white sugar and flour, and you’ll not only look better, but you’ll feel better too.
Enlist Your Friends
Those who get healthy with a group of friends are more likely to succeed. Friends motivate you when you’re feeling lazy or down on yourself and keep you accountable. If you’re not looking for a workout buddy, consider a social media accountability group. With daily interaction and support, you’ll be more likely to stick with it and help others do the same.
When people are trying to lose weight, they often focus too much on what the scale says, and that’s no good. As you become healthier, your body will change, but the numbers on the scale don’t always show it. Don’t get down on yourself. Instead of using your weight as your measuring tool, take other things into consideration as well. Do before and after measurements, take a picture of what you look like, and pay attention to how your pants are fitting. That way, when those pounds are being stubborn, you have other ways to track your progress.
You don’t leave for a vacation without planning your trip, so don’t start your fitness journey without a plan either. Plan your meals ahead, have snacks prepared, and keep things out of the house that are going to tempt you. Additionally, being aware of your own weaknesses can help you avoid times and places where you’re most likely to cheat.
Regardless of why you want to diet, at Ask Dr. Nandi, we want you to become your own health hero and stick with your goals.
- Reduce your portion size.
- Fill half your plate with vegetables.
- Drink at least 60 ounces of water a day.
- Don’t eat while doing mindless activities.
- Eliminate empty liquid calories in energy drinks and sodas.