The Best Tips To Help You Stick With Your Diet
Whether it’s an impending trip to the beach, the need to be healthier, or just the desire to dress a bit more lightly during the summer, there’s always a reason to want to lose weight. That’s why we’ve previously covered tips on how to lose 10 pounds in just three days (by cutting out sugars, starches and a host of other substances out of your diet). But not even a brilliant weight-loss tip will work if you don’t have the discipline to stick with the effort. So in this article, we’ll be exploring some of the best ways to make sure that you stay committed to your new and improved diet.
Use The Buddy System
One of the simplest ways that you can stick to your diet is to just have a friend or even a partner go at it with you. According to studies, when one half of a couple made a positive lifestyle change like increasing physical activity or improving diet, it greatly increased the odds that the other half would do the same. Having a weight-loss “buddy” can also help keep you accountable, reducing the number of un-planned cheat days or skipped workouts.
Do Your Research Before Traveling
Whether you’re traveling for pleasure, taking a trip with family, or heading out of town on business, the fact remains that being in a new environment can seriously throw a wrench in your new diet plans, as the food you need may not be readily available. Thus, it’s important that you research the supermarkets and restaurants at your destination ahead of time, even if that just means a bit of quick Googling the night before you fly out. If there really aren’t any healthy options around, it’s best to pack healthy foods of your own, to the best of your ability.
Bet On Yourself
If you need extra motivation, nothing beats the prospect of financial gain (or loss). Solutions letting people wager on their weight loss have become somewhat popular, with a few websites now offering payouts to people who reach their fitness goals. In some cases, legitimate online bookmaking sites have even taken bets resulting in fairly extreme weight loss. And if you’re in the more risk-averse camp, you may be able to find a casino or bookmaker that will help you set up a cheap or free challenge. Some online gaming platforms offer the chance to play without a deposit, and occasionally related betting sites will act similarly, meaning you might find someone out there who will take a very reasonable bet. You might be surprised how motivating this can wind up being.
Confront Emotional Eating & Similar Issues
Staying motivated can be an intensely emotional and psychological affair, which is why one of the best ways to stay motivated is to just confront underlying issues directly. Do you eat when you’re stressed? Sad? Frustrated? Denying it is tempting, to be sure, but the best thing to do is to be honest with yourself, and work on directly addressing why these triggers exist. If you can do that successfully, you can handle emotional eating and ensure that this and similar issues cease to be problems before you know it.
If you go a week successfully resisting temptation, there’s no harm in treating yourself (without food of course, unless you can manage very disciplined “cheat days”). Whether you enjoy an afternoon off to play golf, a day out at the movies, or even something more indulgent like a spa session, allowing yourself little pleasures can keep you going. Discover what makes you happy and set up related rewards for small milestones so that you don’t find yourself staring at a goal weight that may be months down the line.
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