Maintaining a dietary plan can be hard
Loosing weight can be a difficult task. Most people often fail and they get disappointed with themselves. I’ve had my ups and downs and I’ve learned a lot on how to stick to a diet. Here are the mistakes that I’ve done and how to fix them, or at least how I do it.
Don’t count calories
Counting calories can be devastating for your diet. Not only that is complicated but it’s also unnecessary.Doing complicated tasks like this can easily result in a bad turn of events and make you fall off the wagon before you even hoped in.
Instead: Use common sense
If you are a bodybuilder counting the difference of 200 calories can be a lot, but for the common man, it’s not that much of a deal. Using your common sense and avoiding fatty and sugary food is the better option. It’s easier and it’s more likely to stick to a diet that does not require you spend 20 minutes every day calculating calories.
Plan in advance
Planning in advance means you have some goal to accomplish. Don’t go over the counter and set yourself up to lose 30 pounds in a month. It’s tempting and dangerous to set unreal goals and will make you quit once you don’t accomplish the set goal.
Instead: Set small and realistic goals
Yes, it’s life changing I you lose 200 pounds but if your plans are for one year then you will fail miserably. Set small and realistic goals. Start with the basics. One thing that has worked great for me in the past is instead of focusing on losing weight first thing, I would focus on building my habits first. It might take me a month to get used to it and it might not be a very productive month in losing weight, but if you are used to eating candy instead of apples then you will both be hungry and miserable and that is something you don’t want when you are trying to lose weight.
Cut off all the complicated meals
If you have to measure the grams of salt you put in your meal, and you are not getting ready for competition then this diet (and the meals) are too complicated for you. Just like with the 200 extra calories, the 20 milligrams of salt will not make a huge difference.
Instead: Cook it healthy
By that, I mean once again use your common sense. Put salt by eye. Simple and often times you will know when it’s too much. The best way to stick to a feeding schedule is to make it as simple and as fast as possible.
If it helps you keep track of what you eat – if not – don’t
This tip comes from me. No matter how many articles I’ve read on how to stick to your diet all of them feature a part where they tell you how helpful is to write down (either in an app or on paper) what you eat during the day. I guess it’s very helpful to a lot of people, but my past experience shows otherwise. Once I start keeping track of my meals I can’t keep it for more than two days.
Instead: Don’t follow advices blindly
Do whatever helps you. If writing down meals is not your thing then don’t do it. It’s not important what you’ve eaten seven hours ago, it’s already done.
Write down recipes. It’s easier if you eat something new and interesting if not every day, at least every two-three days
Cut on beverages
A lot of people don’t realize how much sugar they drink. Fizzy drinks, alcohol, and even diet coke is full of calories. Cutting out all of the beverages is a great way to lose weight. Stick to water and if you like to drink beer or wine or any other alcoholic beverages you can but try to keep that to a minimum. Once a week is a great option.
Instead: Drink water
I know from experience that drinking only water can oftentimes be boring. A great option is to drink flavored water. Making flavored water is best when done at home. A lot of options that are available on the market are full of sugar and have a lot of calories. So to make healthier drop a piece of fruit next time you drink water.
Тhese are my tips, gentleman. Try them and build upon them. Share your tips to sticking to a diet with us in the comments bellow!