Here are 8 things you can do to step up your #DietGoals this 2016! Good luck, guys!
1. Set an event goal.
Nothing can help remind you of your diet better than that dress you plan to wear to an upcoming event. Be it a wedding, a Christmas party, a meet-the-parents or a hundredth date night. As for me, I grew tired of complaining about how awkward I feel each time I’m on a dress. Until I’ve been invited to a formal party. I then aimed to at least loose a few pounds so I can fit in a regular sized dress without the discomfort. The idea of having to meet new people and dressing myself up helped me big time in setting up my mind that in a span of a week (for others, a month or more) I must fit (and look good) in that dress.
2. Decide whether you are really on diet or not
This is for consistency and strength in refusing bad calories. Sometimes, it’s easy to tell yourself (and everyone) that you are on diet. But when party time comes, you tend to lose yourself more than you lose the pounds. A true person who is decided to lose weight knows that his diet must mean having to consistently cut down on the bad ingredients in meals like carbs, sodium and sugar – every day, until he reaches his goal. So “cheating” on diets won’t really help you at all. When you are not fully decided that you are on diet, you tend to think that eating that piece of chocolate or having that bag of chips would be ok. But in reality, these seemingly small decisions would hurt your weight loss process. Some people are surprised that they didn’t lose much weight after their target duration, despite feeling hungry or deprived all the time. They failed to consider that they haven’t been consistent in their goal of eliminating the bad stuff. Cheating on diets slow down weight loss.
3. Cook your own meals
Nothing can help you stay committed to your diet (especially when you have come as far as the middle of your targeted duration) more that cooking your own meals. The idea is simple. Working people like you know that they have to get to they office early in the morning. But some of the food that is readily bought around the office contains heaps of sugar and oil. So you must commit yourself to going to the grocery to pick your own choice of vegetables and ingredients – all for a variety of good reasons. First, so you get to measure how much oil (about a tbsp. of olive oil for example) you want to put into your food. This also goes for the salt, pepper and other spices. Next, you tend to wake up as early as, say 4:00 AM, to prepare your own meals for the day. By doing this, you feel committed to your diet not just mentally but physically as well. The saying “fake it till you make it” also applies. Even in some days you feel like giving up on the diet, setting your alarm to as early as 4:00 AM reminds you of how far you have come to reach your goal. It would be difficult to simply give up on the goal because you are reminded of the many sacrifices like doing grocery and cooking meals. You’d strongly feel that if you give up now, you only wasted your effort and time early on. Dieting is a mental and physical exercise. You have to commit to it mentally and physically. Only when you are truly decided that you are on diet can you strongly say no to bad calories – even when people around tempt you to take just one bite.
4. Drink lots of water
Diets, especially the detox ones where you only get to eat fruits and vegetables in some days, require a minimum of 2 liters per day. Water truly helps ease the nausea, digests food much faster and gets you through the day feeling much fuller and energized. Remember that drinking water helps you feel hydrated and strong – enough to get you through the plant-based diet.
5. Share your progress to at least one friend who understands
In every diet, especially those that are strict in calories and food types, not everyone will understand the things that you have to go through. That is why it is good to find support groups or simply that one friend who has been there, done that. And every day, each time you have questions or I feel like giving up, you could always seek her advice and motivation until the day you finally lose that coveted 10lbs.
6. Don’t go hungry
Each time you feel hungry and deprived during diets, you are not doing the right thing. Some say that hunger only makes your body hold on tighter to fats. Whether it’s true or not, dieting must always make you feel better about yourself. Hunger only makes you feel angry towards others. The idea is to simply eat healthier food alternatives each time you feel like you’re about to go hungry. Instead of allowing your tummy to complain, pre-empt the hunger by filling yourself up with your home cooked vegetable soup and/or fruits! Yum!
7. Relax and enjoy that dress
Go shopping. Enjoy the fruits of your hard work and flaunt the fitter, 10lbs. lighter you.
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