Starting a diet is a lot easier than seeing it through and losing weight. A lot of dedication and determination to see it through is a must. This post highlight some stumbling blocks to look for and tips on how to start a diet and follow it through to the end.
Here’s a list of the most common challenges most people face when they first start a diet.
1. Unrealistic Expectations
You’ll need realistic goals from the start. Most of us put off going on a diet until some spark of motivation hits and now they jump in with weight loss goals and plans impossible to achieve.
When you begin with a deadline and unrealistic weight loss ideas you set yourself up for failure from the start. When the scales cannot cooperate, it’s easy to decide all the sacrifices aren’t working and aren’t worth the effort.
Goals aren’t deadlines and setting deadlines only creates ideas and fantasies or magic weight loss pills and starvation diets doing the work for you. None that is healthy, seldom works at all, and never works long term.
Plan on regular exercise, healthy meals, and you’ll lose weight at an average of 2-3 pounds a week. When your plans are realistic and your lifestyle and habits change, you result will be long lasting.
2. Food Cravings
Dieting has a phenomenal failure rate. The main reason is that even when people are successful in getting to their desired weight, it comes right back. The biggest reason for this, is they dieted off the pounds without losing the food cravings?
Here’s what can happen: you struggle through denying yourself the breads, sweets, and junk food that caused you to be overweight as if it took away something from you. The pounds leave, and you hold off for a while, only to give into the cravings all over again.
When that happens its super easy to go from dieting to binge eating. When you finish the food binge, you merely go back to your old eating habits, making the entire journey a waste of time.
The answer is to start right out looking for alternatives to the fattening foods you’ve been eating. From the very beginning its best to see the foods you’re eating now as the foods you will eat the rest of your life, not just for losing weight. Choosing nutritious and healthy foods and learning how to prepare them in delicious ways will have a profound effect on your weight and health.
3. Social Interaction
Social functions and lunch with friends from work make it difficult to see your plans through. On the one hand, you don’t want to become a hermit — on the other, you can’t let your friends influence your decision to get healthy and wear your favorite clothes.
This can be a real stumbling block to your diet plans, so be prepared. Let your friends know your goals, and if you have any that pepper you with the oh, you’re not overweight and whatever, either set them straight or try to avoid them.
I’ve found that most people will encourage and help you, while there’s always one to tell you why you’re going astray. You will just need to be strong and stick to your plans.
If you have social functions to attend, it may be easier to eat a low calorie meal before arriving to settle your appetite. Curbing your appetite before a social function can help you resist the temptation and binge eating.
There’s really no need to start an expensive mail order diet plan to lose weight. If you choose one of these diet plans with pre-made meals and special preparation materials-then plan on paying for it.
I’m not saying that’s bad, either. Some people find those plans work into their own life just fine, and others don’t care to budget for them. What you need to know is that losing weight doesn’t require expensive food items.
You could very well wind up spending less and saving money. One reason for this is that dieting for real results means more fresh vegetables and less processed and pre-prepared foods. Eating in more and out less is the route to eating healthier and more natural foods that provide easy, stable, and permanent weight loss.
5. Staying Motivated on your Weight Loss Journey
The key factor in your weight loss journey is staying motivated, don’t you think? The moment your motivation waivers, is the moment you reach for your favorite junk food.
Even though motivation is mostly an inside and personal job and responsibility, surrounding yourself with positive people and something to keep you busy makes dieting much easier.
Finding a workout or exercising buddy can be one of the most rewarding ways to keep going when the going gets tough. Having someone to go to the gym, walk, run, or bike with can mean someone to encourage you to stick to your diet plans and fitness schedule.
There will definitely be times when you simply aren’t motivated to exercise, or are having a hard time not going after a candy bar. An exercise partner to hold you accountable can change your mind and put you back on the straight and narrow.
Other ways to stay motivated:
- Google motivational and weight loss tips and quotes. Find ones you like and stick them all over the kitchen and mirror you most often look at yourself.
- Write your goals and re-read them every day
- Write out a contract, sign it, and stick it to the fridge
- Promise a friend $100 if you don’t reach your weight goal by some realistic date
Planning and preparing for these challenges beforehand can help you stick with your goals and see the results you’re looking for. Instead of deciding one day on the way home from work that you’ll lose 10 pounds in a week, try sitting quietly and thinking about how much you would like to weigh.
Write it down, and think about how you will get there, dividing the journey into small weekly chunks. Call it all your weight loss goals and start reading over them every single day until your are there.