Sometimes the hardest reason to stick to a diet is not that you don't have willpower or that you don't like the new foods you have been eating. It's that all of these new changes you have been implementing don't feel right.
Even if you feel better, they still don't feel right. And you can spend time searching and searching for that one diet that lasts. That one diet that you feel is going to be easy for your to implement for the rest of your life.
After years of research and losing 40 pounds, myself, I can tell you that these are the 3 tips I've learned from glamorous women on staying trim:
1) Change your environment (instead of trying to fit your diet into your crazy schedule)
Some people have told me that this is a bit extreme. They think that diet is simply about making habit changes (like having broccoli instead of...bread, for example) but we all know that if it was that simple, you wouldn't be reading this.
What you need to know is that your environment - the job you've chosen, the location in which you live, the length of your commute, your method of transportation, your relationships, your hobbies - all of these things and activities influence what food choices you have, when you can eat, and how much you have been eating.
If you want to start noticing when your body wants to eat and to have better food sources, sometimes the answer is about changing up the constants in your life rather than trying to make your diet fit around them. This is how to build health into your lifestyle without even thinking about it.
To give you an example, let's talk about a common theme - brushing your teeth.
By now, you probably have brushing your teeth on autopilot. But imagine having to go to the store to buy a tooth brush and toothpaste every time you had to brush your teeth, or less extremely, leaving your toothbrush and toothpaste on the opposite side of the house.
You'd have to go out of your way just to get a simple task done, and it'll require willpower for you to do this one basic thing.
Keeping your toothbrush and toothpaste next to your sink makes it easy for you to go on autopilot - same concept applies to how you've set up your day and how that affects your diet and exercise.
2) Get excited to learn (instead of restricting yourself)
Many dieters tend to take their current eating patterns and chisel that down into an unfulfilling way of eat.
For example, when I was trying so hard to diet, I would reduce the portions of what I wanted to eat and increase the amount of lettuce salad I'd have to make up for the portion and feel full.
It wasn't until I came across this chart that all of the diet information fell into place and I was finally able to lose weight, intuitively.
So instead of thinking restrictively, you want to think of exploring - get out there and try new recipes, foods from different cultures, and ask yourself what it is you like and dislike.
Diets make you feel like you have to have foods that you don't like just to reach a goal that you aren't even sure you can stick to based on the methods you're using to achieve it - what's key to finding an eating lifestyle you enjoy is to actually explore more food options.
3) Believe in the person you want to become (instead of telling yourself you'll always struggle)
The best way to make your dreams a reality is to talk about your ideal self in the present tense. Instead of looking in the mirror and saying "gosh, I want to be slim", say "I am slim".
This isn't some hippie voodoo mantra you have to do that will magically make your weight loss come true. The reason why it's so important is because it's priming you for change - it's much harder to self-sabotage when you're on a diet when you actually believe that you deserve the change you are seeing in yourself.
People who don't believe in their change but start to lose weight suddenly feel like it's not "them".
They've been telling themselves for years that they'll always have to struggle, and when the time comes that they don't have to struggle, they don't know what to do anymore so they wind up gaining weight back.
So talking about your goals as if you already have them in the present tense is key to avoiding self-sabotage and long term weight loss.
When I talk to clients about weight loss, they're pretty diet savvy. You already know vegetables are good for you, that water is good and that you need to move around a bit to be healthy.
But these 3 key factors are really what create the turning point in health - they are what will help you get comfortable and have lasting happiness with your diet and with your body.
How can you incorporate these three key factors into your life? Leave a comment!