Dieting is tough!
And no matter how committed you are to your diet, there will come a time when you will feel the need to cheat.
Not let’s be clear, there is nothing wrong with enjoying your favorite foods.
But you must do so in moderation.
The problem is we often stack the deck against ourselves without even realizing it.
We already know it can be a challenge to stick with to a diet.
Why not give yourself the best chance for success by removing some of the most likely obstacles?
How To Stop Sabotaging Your Diet
Avoid Eating Out (Too Often)
While you can find healthy options at most fast food restaurants, you are better off preparing your own meals at home.
Eating out is okay sometimes. But it should not be something you do on a regular basis.
Measure Your Food
This may seem like a hassle but it is a vital part of your overall success.
Most people have no idea how much they are eating. Because of this they eat way more calories than they realize.
Food scales and measuring cups are super inexpensive and can be found almost anywhere.
Measuring your food will give you a clear view of just how much you are eating.
Avoid Cutting Your Calories Too Low
Keep in mind you didn’t gain those extra pounds overnight.
You should therefore avoid trying to lose the weight overnight.
Most people are in such a hurry to lose weight that they cut their calories to dangerously low levels.
And while you will lose weight by consuming so few calories, that weight loss won’t be long term.
Instead of restricting your calories, focus on eating a healthy, well balanced diet.
Drink Plenty of Water
This is one of those tips you see in almost every weight loss article.
That alone should tell you how important it is.
You may not realize it, but hunger can easily be confused for being thirsty.
People will often eat when what they really need to do is drink a glass of water.
The great thing about water is it fills you up.
That means you will be less likely to overeat after drinking a glass.
Remove The Foods You Shouldn’t Be Eating
Why tempt yourself with foods you know you shouldn’t be eating?
If you can’t eat it, remove it from the house.
The idea is you can’t be tempted by something that’s not there.
Take a few minutes to go through your refrigerator and pantry.
Anything that shouldn’t be there should be immediately given away.
Exercise on a Daily Basis
Its not enough to just adjust your diet, you also need to adjust your level of activity.
Adding just 30 minutes of exercise per day to your routine can go a long ways.
Not only will it help you burn additional calories, but it will also help you improve your overall health.
If you haven’t exercised in a while, start slow and work your way up.
A 20 minute walk three times a week is a great place to start.
Stop Before You Eat
When you get the urge to eat something that you know will sabotage your diet, stop and give it a few minutes.
In some cases you will find the urge goes away after a few minutes.
Don’t Beat Yourself Up
We saved this tip for last because it is one of the most important.
You are human. And as a human you are going to make mistakes.
There will be days when you fall off the bandwagon.
The key however is to not stay there.
Don’t beat yourself up just because you made a few mistakes during the week.
Every mistake is just a temporary setback.
As long as you don’t quit you will be just fine.
So shake it off and get back up.
Always remember its about progress and not perfection.
You don’t have to get things 100% correct in order for your diet to be effective.
Follow the Pareto principle, commonly referred to as the 80/20 rule.
As long as you are eating clean 80% of time, you can enjoy whatever you want 20% of the time.
You no longer have to fear being your own worst enemy.
You can stop overly restricting your calories and you can stop sabotaging your diet.
As previously stated, dieting is already difficult on its own. Why make it harder than it needs to be?
The tips above will help you stack the odds in your favor.
And most importantly, they will help you succeed with your diet.
If there is one thing you take from this article please take away the importance of not beating yourself up after you make a mistake.
You’re human. Give yourself a little slack.
No matter what happens, make the decision right now that you will never quit.
If you fall down, just get back up and keep pushing!