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We have all been on a nutritional plan at some point in our lives, and wish so badly to stick with it 100% with no cheating. Nutritional plans aim to enrich our lives, and better our health and all we have to do is follow it thoroughly. Amidst social gatherings, withdrawal cravings, and weak moments it becomes easy to talk ourselves into bad food choices. There are a few tips and tricks to help ease you away from those bad decisions, and they are ironically easier than you would think! Identify the area in which you tend to fall off of the diet bandwagon, and stare it in the face.
Identify Your Areas of Weakness
We all are aware that having the tools, and nutritional knowledge is merely half of the battle when you are trying to make a healthy lifestyle change. Cravings, and moments of weakness can grab ahold of you for one night, week, or even months at a time. Knowing the areas that make you weak, and apt to fall away from your diet program are essential to nipping the problem in the bud. If it’s sugar, get rid of all of the sugar in the house. When it is not easily available, you will have more time to think about getting your hands on it which gives you time to talk yourself out of the decision. If it’s overeating, know right away how much you are supposed to eat that day, and put all of the other food out of sight. Little changes like this will make your life so much easier when trying to follow a nutritional plan.
Know Your Supply of Willpower
We all have different amounts of willpower, and are aware of how we use it when times get tough. Sometimes jumping into a super strict diet plan cold turkey will not be conducive to your supply of willpower at that given time. Try to ease yourself into diet changes before “officially” joining the program so you are not as shocked while going through. This will up your chances of success, and give yourself confidence in your own personal willpower to overcome a change.
Seek Out Foods You Actually Love
Sure. There are a lot of banned foods on most diet programs, but this shouldn’t stop you from seeking out the foods that are nutritionally dense that you actually love! For example, I am a sugar fanatic to the MAX, and I find it hard to get away from it at times. I tried to throw in alternative healthy foods that I loved just as much as sugar to curb my cravings and it worked! There are a lot of good foods out there, that when combined make killer meals that will satisfy you and leave you not feeling guilty for hours afterwards. Stay true to yourself, and identify healthy foods you love and gravitate toward them.
Talk About Your Nutritional Plan
The moment you vocalize your diet plan, the more accountability you instantly will feel. When no one knows the plan you are on, it is easy to cheat in front of them and not feel guilty. When you tell a friend, family member, or co-worker you are instantly going to feel the urge to stick to the plan, and make a change not only for yourself but for others around you. Even better, have a friend jump on the program with you and cook meals together. This is so much more motivational, than going through a lifestyle change alone!
No matter what your willpower, accountability, or weaknesses may be you are on the right track because you are actually applying yourself for the better. By simply reading this article shows that you want to make a healthy lifestyle change, and you are strong enough to succeed! Don’t be discouraged by little set backs, and make an effort to bounce back quickly if they do occur. Be gentle with yourself, and do your best to stay on track!