Diets: who doesn’t hate them? However, you almost always begin a diet with determination and enthusiasm until, little by little, your motivation melts in the sun. What happened? Did an overly strict diet lead you to cheat by eating forbidden foods? Did feelings of guilt then drive you to eat more and give it all up? But then, how is it that your neighbour always succeeds in following her diet to the end? The solution: choose an easy-to-follow diet and take the necessary steps to get there. A diet that’s easy in itself is quite rare, since each person is unique and works differently. In this case, the key is to adjust your diet to your personality and – above all – to back it up with several tricks that will make your life easier. There’s something for everyone; all you have to do is choose the ones that suit you the best and that will make you the most diligent dieter around!
Although you know your body, your eating habits, and your weaknesses perfectly after all these years of trial and error, an expert will be able to analyze the most appropriate methods based on a wide range of factors (blood type, lifestyle, age, medical and family history, etc.). This expert can be a weight loss advisor, a doctor, or a nutritionist. They’ll also be able to develop a personalized meal plan, which will make the job much easier.
The key to not getting discouraged? Being realistic and not harbouring any illusions about the number of pounds lost during each stage. Outsize expectations could completely ruin your motivation. In addition, regular follow-up visits with your advisor will be very useful in tracking the progress of your weight loss and adjusting your diet as a result. The better advised and supported you are, the easier it will be to succeed.
Nothing’s worse than eating sweets due to a lack of time or organization. Try to plan and cook your meals in advance. That way, when a craving happens, you’ll already have healthy, tasty, and appropriate food on hand. If you don’t have the time, talent, or inclination to cook your own meals, don’t hesitate to rely on the services of a healthy caterer. Increasingly popular, they offer delicious, balanced, and fat-free meals. Why deprive yourself?
Often, it’s deprivation that ultimately forces us to yield to temptation. It’s not recommended to completely cut a food that you love out of your diet. It’s not realistic to think that, because you’re following a diet, you’ll no longer feel like eating it. You should therefore substitute it. Revisit your favourite foods by keeping the delicious taste you love but modifying the overly fatty or caloric ingredients that make it up. You can even let yourself eat your sweet temptation, but at reasonable frequencies – for example, at each new weight loss level you achieve, once a week, or during a special occasion.
You’ve applied all these elements, you’ve stood your ground, and you’re proud of yourself. So why not reward yourself for the efforts you’ve put in so far? It’s very important to take care of yourself and to spoil yourself. Treat yourself. A new outfit to show off your small size? A therapeutic treatment or an invigorating massage? All ways are good in order to stay motivated and make your diet rewarding and even fun.