Here are 10 steps to be successful on any diet:
10. Don't Wait to Start Dieting - Start right now... right this very minute. Yes, NOW! Oh, you don't have all those weird foods recommended on the diet, that come from Whole Foods and cost a bundle? Who cares, you don't need them. Zucchini, cauliflower, spinach, plain oatmeal, eggs, chicken and some cheese will feed you for a week. The store down the street has that, right? Make the very next meal you have, be the first meal on the diet. Waiting makes room for excuses.
9. Don't Cheat - Obviously, right? But really, don't cheat. If you are truly hungry and have used up your Points, calories, carbs or sugar for the day (whatever unit of measure your diet dictates) then have some of the Freebies. For me, on the Belly Fat Cure that means instead of having a candy bar, have a few squares of the allowed dark chocolate. Instead of ice cream, make a protein shake with lots of ice cubes tossed in. You get my drift --> substitute the cheat food for an allowed food. You will thank me in the morning.
8. If You Do Cheat, Forgive Yourself and Forget About It - If you cheat or slip up, start the very next meal 100% on the plan. Don't say "oh I ruined today already, I'll make it a cheat day and start fresh tomorrow". Nope! Do it NOW. Recommit right this minute. Because your carb starved mind will think of a dozen excuses between now and morning as to why you should just quit. Don't give it another thought and make sure you are stocked up on good choices so it doesn't happen again.
6. Take it One Meal at a Time - It is easy to get overwhelmed when starting a new diet, especially if you have a lot of weight to lose or have failed before. Just take it one meal at a time, and baby steps will get you there. Don't over think it and start thinking "I can't do this forever" or "You mean I can NEVER eat pasta again?" Instead just determine "I stick to my diet for this meal" and remember that at each meal. The choices will become more natural and your cravings to certain foods will lessen with time.
5. Don't Rely on Others - You have to do this for yourself. It's okay to ask a friend or family member to join you in your weight loss plan, but maybe they aren't ready for big changes. So let them be, and remember - this is about you, not them. Maybe you will lead them by example, maybe not though. This is about you and your health, and others need to find their own way.
4. Keep it Simple, Stupid - KISS basically means to not over think or make it more difficult than it already is. If you are allowed X number of calories or carbohydrates, then have them! Don't arbitrarily pick a lower number, thinking you will lose the weight faster if you have even less. By restricting yourself even further, you are more likely to binge or cheat. Keep it simple and just follow the rules of your diet plan. Once you've had some success and learned more about what your own body really needs, then you can play around with your diet's formula a little. But not in the beginning, it just complicates things.
3. Every Pound Counts - Don't ever let me hear you say "I only lost 1 lb this week", because every single pound counts and every single, little bitty pound will get you closer to your goal. Congratulate yourself and commit to losing at least as much next week. Instead say "Wahoo! I lost a pound this week!' Celebrate every pound lost.
2. Get to Know Yourself - What is the hardest time of day with food for you? What food can you not, no matter what, control yourself with? For me that is evenings, after dinner and before bed. And just like the back of the Lay's Potato chip bag says, I cannot have just one. Only a bag will do :( So I avoid chips completely, I know for me they are trigger food. For the first few months of dieting I made a very low sugar shake right after dinner, to help with the old "full feeling" my body still craved.
1. Don't Let The Scales Dictate Your Success - Those scales can be so, so cruel! I remember standing on the scales Monday mornings, bladder empty and naked, with all my breath pushed out (cuz that air has to weigh something, right?) only to see the same old number. I'd curse at that scale, and sometimes even cry. That happens. But stop and take inventory: Don't you feel better? Is your clothing feeling looser? Keep up the good work, and next's week weigh-in will make it all pay off. Don't let one bad weigh in spoil your success.
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