Stop making promises you can’t keep and stick to your diet for keeps
We all do it, we make a promise that we’ll lose those extra pounds, exercise more, drink more water and eat better. But how often do we actually stick to our promises?
This is some of the advice I offer to my clients who are having a hard time sticking to theirs.
View it as a lifestyle, not a short-term fad diet
Being a healthy weight means a healthier you. Better eating habits and good physical activity will help you to live longer and stay mobile well into old age but, know that this is a long-term goal that won’t always be easy but will be worth it, especially when you look in the mirror.
Don’t have junk food in the house
Stop buying biscuits, crisps, cakes and other foods that are high in fat and sugar and low in nutrition. If you don’t have it in, you can’t eat it and if you get pressure from your family to buy them, then just say no – they don’t need them either. There are lots of healthier alternatives out there that are just as tasty. Also, look at the types of meals that you eat and find ways that you can make them healthier. For instance, using spices for flavour is much lower in fat than sauces.
Help yourself to reduce your cravings
Keep some low fat, nutritional snacks to hand for when you get serious cravings such as popcorn or rice cakes, or a piece of fruit. There are lots of options but make sure that you read the labels to avoid high amounts of sugar. Never skip breakfast and make sure that it’s protein packed. A good breakfast will jump start your metabolism for the day and protein will keep you feeling fuller for longer.
Break bad habits and visualise your goals
Bad habits are easy to do therefore very easy to keep. It’s much easier to lounge around than hit the gym or to order a takeaway than make a healthy meal. The best way to break bad habits is by visualising the long-term effects. Imagine how you want to feel and look, then think about how you will feel in one year and two years and so on. This will help you focus on why you’re making the changes. On average it takes 21 days for a new activity to become a habit and six months for it to become part of your personality, so bear in mind that nothing will happen overnight, be patient and strong-minded.
Reward yourself and allow just one vice
So you’ve worked hard to create a healthier diet and stopped buying junk food, you may even be exercising more than you used to, the next step is to give yourself one small vice that you will continue to have throughout your new diet. It might be a cheeky glass of wine on week nights or a daily chunk of chocolate, the bottom line is that dieting is about moderation so you don’t have to deprive yourself of everything you love. Find one thing that will be your daily or weekly treat and enjoy it, but don’t mindlessly eat it whilst you’re on the go, take a moment and enjoy every bite or sip.
Why not give your life a reboot, incorporate simple changes to your routine and develop healthy habits that will stay with you forever. If you want help or perhaps a personal eating plan then simply get in touch.