There’s a reason that there are thousands of products out there all claiming to help you realise your dieting goals, and there’s a reason why millions of people purchase them…Dieting is hard.
At the end of the day, products might help, but they won’t undo the damage of unhealthy choices, and they are certainly not a substitute for willpower. While you may have success with developing your exercise regime, most of us feel this willpower wavering when it comes to the long term choices we make when it comes to our diets.
The old phrase is annoyingly true “you can’t outrun a bad diet”. Unfortunately there really is no short term strength of will here; healthy eating is a lifestyle choice – it’s a marathon that never ends.
With that in mind, it is your own willpower regarding what you eat, week in week out which is your greatest asset when it comes to reaching your weight loss goals. However, with temptation everywhere threatening to derail you, these three top tips should help give you the ammo to stick to your guns.
1. Give Yourself Strategic Snacking Options At Work
The workplace is often blamed as the number one reason why diets fail. Lunch at your desk, office parties and vending machine snacks all seem to conspire against you. Not to mention this is the one place even the most zen amongst us are bound to feel a little stressed from time to time, making the resolve weaken even further.
Fear not dear reader, you can take a stand to make things easier while working. The best advice here is to make fruit a regular snack in the office– there’s no excuse not to have a supply to hand as convenience and accessibility are the two major reasons why we usually end up reach for something unhealthier when at your desks.
If you’re in the UK you can even order your fruit boxes online while you work and it will be delivered straight to your door, allowing a healthy option to always be at hand. The natural sugars that occur in most fruit will help you ‘stave off’ the cravings for something worse. Though be warned – you will need something more substantial than fruit to keep you fulfilled and on the right path for the rest of the day.
2. Don’t Fall Off The Wagon If You Hit A Little Bump
Okay, so you caved. It was Bridget’s birthday and you had a slice of cake. Or you were too tired to cook and ordered a pizza. It doesn’t matter – one slip-up will not derail your diet. However, what will derail your diet is if you allow your mistake to ruin the rest of the day, or the week, or the month. Learn how to control your cravings and recover from them once your willpower is broken. Don’t let one mistake ruin all your hard work, keep working on it every day.
3. Get A Diet Buddy And Make Yourself Accountable
These things are so much easier when you have someone looking over your shoulder. Humans are naturally competitive, and knowing that you are up against someone else who will be measuring their own progress with you will make you more determined to succeed. It will also make you far stricter with yourself as you won’t want to lose face.
If you don’t have a diet buddy or if you’d rather not have one, then you can still hold yourself accountable by being in competition with yourself. Join a group such as Weight Watchers or download an app that will help you keep track of your calorie intake and exercise.
Once you have everything written down and accounted for in front of you, it’s easy to see how that chocolate bar set you off course for the rest of the day. Write everything down and hold yourself to account, otherwise you’re only cheating yourself.
These are just a few steps you can take to help you have more control over your diet.
Dieting is hard, but if you rely on willpower alone you will have temptation everywhere. Have strategies in place, be ready to combat such temptation and you’ll find it a lot easier to stick to those goals. Good luck!