In honor of Diet Resolution Week, we have compiled 15 of the best tips to help you stay positive and stick to your healthy diet this year!
- Come to terms with the fact that you will from here forward need to consistently live and practice a healthy lifestyle to achieve and maintain your diet goals.
- Set an overall goal to work towards including a clear path on how you will achieve it. Focus on one day at a time. Don’t overwhelm yourself by thinking about how many weeks and months of healthy eating it will take before you are where you want to be.
- Give yourself 3 weeks. The beginning of a new diet regiment is the most difficult so don’t give up early on. If you still aren’t noticing a difference after 21 days, talk to your nutritionist to see what you might need to change.
- Don’t compare yourself to others. Because we are all genetically unique, someone else may be seeing faster results while not having to put forth as much effort. Fair? Nope! But everyone’s body responds differently, and it may just take a little longer for you to notice an improvement.
- Be prepared to resist temptation. Friends and family may not understand how important it is for you to stay on track and might tempt you with cheating “just this once”. Particularly in the beginning, you must stand your ground and not give in. Once they realize you are serious, most times they will respect your wishes.
- Eat a variety of foods. Regardless of what diet regiment you are adhering to, don’t eat the same types of foods over and over. Switching it up will help you stay on track and feel more satisfied.
- Reward yourself, but not with food. Celebrate your healthy achievements with that new pair of running shoes you have been eyeing or those cute skinny jeans you would’ve never thought you could look good in.
- Eat before going out. Whether you are going out to dinner or to a friends, the fact that you are already full will help you avoid caving in when faced with your favorite appetizers or your bestie’s famous brownies.
- Cook your weekly meals in advance. Although it seems like a big job when making food for the entire week, you will be so thankful you took the time to do so. The convenience of having your meals prepared will leave you with no excuses for eating the wrong foods during the work week.
- Practice positive affirmations. Wake up each morning with a great attitude and remind yourself that you are awesome and can do anything you put your mind to. Although this may seem insignificant, you will be surprised how effective this practice can be.
- Remember that it gets easier. Once your body rids itself of all of the processed and unhealthy foods, the cravings will also begin to fade. Eventually, those foods that you once could not stop eating will not even taste the same.
- Read stories of inspiration. If you happen to be feeling weak and discouraged, reading about someone else’s journey can help renew your enthusiasm and inspiration to continue with yours. Success is defined by hard work, dedication and your ability to overcome challenges along the way.
- Keep track of your progress. Whether you prefer weighing yourself or using measurements, knowing where you stand is essential to achieving your goals.
- Realize that you are in control. Although you cannot control outside factors like the co-worker who brings in a tray of Christmas cookies or your friend who brings over a bottle of your favorite wine, you can stop yourself from giving in. Whether you choose to succeed or fail is up to you and no one else. Accountability is everything.
From all of us at Wicked Fitness, we would like to wish you a happy New Year filled with love and prosperity!