Whether you’re a first time dieter or one who has been going around and around the track for years, you will be happy to know that it is possible to pick a plan and stick to it until you get to the weight you want to be. Break the vicious cycle!
The first tip is to try to choose a diet plan that is not too strict for you. You know the kind – some have special limits on carbs, protein, calories or anything that is the color white. The ones who lose weight long-term have to learn to live in a world where nothing is off-limits, but moderation is key. Basically unrealistic versus realistic - only you know what will work best with your life.
Other diets have plans where you are supposed to start and stop, again and again, until the weight magically comes off. This can get tedious and send you on extreme highs and lows emotionally and physically as your body is forced to adjust to the new circumstances.
Instead, try to find a plan that shows you how to eat healthy for a lifetime. If you know it is okay to sometimes have a special treat, or indulge in a glass of wine, then you will not have to go form one end of the spectrum to the other – you maintain and will always be on a balanced course that is safe for your body and easy on your emotions.
Fasting, purging, and binging (even on healthy foods) is a sure way to develop poor eating habits and it can confuse your body because it is being given mixed messages. One minute you are devouring pound after pound of fresh fruit and vegetables, lean protein, and carbs – and the next you are surviving on nothing but hot water with honey and red pepper mixed in. I know this sounds crazy, but it is all too common.
Before you choose any diet, evaluate it for a lifetime plan. Could you exist without ever eating another morsel of sugar again in this lifetime? Could you turn away bread at every meal for the next thirty years? Could you realistically learn to love this way of eating?
Some diets make it seem like their rigid plan is one you could adhere to forever, but caving in could cause you to regain more weight if you get discouraged and give up for good.
No diet plan is 100% comfortable when you are used to being able to eat with freedom from careful consideration. Still, there are many plans that offer sensible ways to eat where you never have to leave an entire food group off of your plate. Don’t follow a fad – instead, follow your heart and make up your mind to choose a diet you feel comfortable implementing into your life.
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