I Can’t Stick To My Diet

i-can't-stick-to-my-dietI have heard so many friends saying they want to lose weight. For their own particular reasons, they make a commitment to themselves and determine to make a change. They find a diet plan then they follow it. But normally it turns out that the diet plan doesn’t last long. It’s only a matter of time before they utter that sentence of failure: I can’t stick to my diet.

Really, the result never has a chance to come in the first place. They get frustrated and give up. Later, they might come up with the idea that they want to lose weight again. They find the new latest “diet” and everything repeats again.

They are like a white mouse in the lab always trying something new.

I believe it’s not only my friends! You might have the same problem as them.

Tell Me Why I Can’t Stick To My Diet

Initial determination is not enough. You should also have the foresight to know what’s going to happen during your weight loss period.

Here are 5 reasons for failed diets and how to fix them:

1.It doesn’t fit your lifestyle – When you say you are going on a diet, that means you’ll accept a new eating habit. Maybe it takes a lot of time preparing the required food and cooking it by yourself, you don’t like cooking or you don’t have that much time to fit the new habits into your lifestyle. There are so many restrictions and inconveniences. Soon, you’ll get annoyed and lazy.

Tip to fix it: Both your brain and actions need to accept this new eating habit. If you think you can’t do it for long term, you won’t enjoy it or you don’t like to prepare/cook, then it won’t lead you to success. You should look for a different diet plan which can be easy to fit to your lifestyle.

2.Not eating regular meals and snacks – Yes. You need to eat. Trying to skip meals and snacking to lose weight? It’s a bad idea. It will make you hungry and tired, and you’ll crave caffeine and sugar during the day. Your body will be trying to find the energy that you are starving it from. Skipping meals and snacks usually doesn’t help you to lose weight because you will be more likely to eat more for the next meal.

Tip to fix it: In general, people feel the need to eat food every 3-4 hours. That means 3 meals and 1 snack in the afternoon. Establish a schedule to let your body eat regularly. If you know you are going to eat in a few hours, surely you can control the portion and train your body to eat just enough. When feeling hungry in the afternoon, it’s recommended to eat a low-fat protein bar to fight the hunger.

Learn How To Turn Off Your Fat Triggers

3.Snacks are easy to reach – Think about your day, what you eat and where you buy it from. What kind of food do you have in your fridge/freezer? What food do you store in your cupboards in your room or behind your desk? What snack did you hide inside your drawer? Do you have to pass a fast food restaurant and dessert store on the way home? One of the reasons people fail with their diets is because it’s just too convenient for them to find bad food.

Tip to fix it: They are just too easy to reach. Choose to buy more vegetables and fruit and put them into the fridge. Cut them and put them into a Tupperware container. When you open the fridge, they will be the first things you see. Take out some garbage or high calorie foods. Rather than eating candy or cookies, choosing a protein snack bar is a better idea. Choose a different route to drive if you know you can’t say no to fast food restaurant/dessert shore on the way home.

4.High expectation and not realistic goals – You anxiously ask for a quick reply from your body. You set an unreasonable goal. You say to yourself that it has to be strict and you will follow it. You are prepared to make lots of sacrifices. You think the result will come as your expect it. But when the result doesn’t follow your standard, it’s hard for you to bear. It will affect your mood and you will be likely to lose confidence and momentum. From the moment you abandon your diet for a second, it leads you to failure.

Tip to fix it: Aim to lose weight safely, about 1-2 pounds (about 1kg) per week. You should calculate and give yourself a reasonable time to achieve it. Also, when you are learning to build a new diet plan, recognize that you will probably break the rule occasionally. Don’t give up just because you broke the rules once or twice. Try to learn from it. You can’t achieve 100 points all the time. No one is perfect. 90 points is still good enough. You have room to improve and get back to 100 points.

5.Eating for reasons other than hunger – People who are under pressure from their job or emotions tend to eat “comfort food”. When they are on a new diet and they feel it’s taking the comfort of eating food away from them, you know how serious it’s going to be. They will get more stressed, depressed and angry after eating. When you realize that you have the need to eat food but you don’t feel physically hungry, you will need to look for something to help you let it go.

Tip to fix: When this emotion comes to you, take a moment to think what the true feeling is and why you feel it. Writing it down will help you to release the burning desire of instant eating. It will take you a couple of minutes to lose the desire.

You’ll eat less afterwards. Doing exercise is one of the best ways to reduce the desire to eat. Put on your shoes and take a walk. Or talking to a friend always works for me!

Losing weight is a mind game. Change your mind, change your body.

Extra Tip: Read how to turn off your fat triggers.

If your diet is already good, then GO FOR IT. Time will tell!

 

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