Everyone who starts a diet will feel the need to cheat from time to time. Dieting can
be tough, but there are ways to make it easier.
We often stack the deck against ourselves and don’t even realize it. Since sticking
to a diet can be so challenging, it only makes sense to give yourself every possible
advantage by removing, or planning for, the most likely obstacles.
Use these tips to stick to your diet and experience success:
1. Keep foods out of the house that don’t fit your diet plans. You can’t eat it if it’s
not in your house. Get it out before it creates a challenge. Go through your
refrigerator and pantry and identify all the foods you shouldn’t eat. Give it all
2. Drink lots of water. We often eat because we’re thirsty, especially items like
fruit, which contain a lot of water. Water is also filling if you drink enough of it.
A tall, cool, glass of water every couple of hours is healthy and filling.
3. Stall. When you have the urge to eat something you know you shouldn’t, don’t
give in right away. Just sit and relax. Give it a few minutes. You’ll often find that
the urge goes away.
4. Focus on your health. Eating something that’s unhealthy feels great in the
short-term. One way to give yourself a long-term focus is to make your health a
priority. You’ll be less likely to sabotage yourself if you’re thinking long-term.
5. Avoid cutting back too far. Those unwanted pounds probably took years to
accumulate. Give yourself some time to get rid of them. There’s a lot of
evidence that losing weight quickly is a poor long-term strategy. Cutting your
calories too much will also make you much more likely to sabotage your diet.
6. Weigh or measure food. A serving of pasta is less than you think. Food scales
are inexpensive. So are measuring cups and spoons. Ensure that you
understand how much you’re actually eating. You might be surprised how far
off you are.
7. Avoid overdramatizing mistakes. A diet doesn’t have to be perfect to be
effective. A mistake is just a temporary setback. Shake it off and accept that
mistakes happen from time to time.
8. Make fiber your friend. Fiber is healthy and filling. Most people don’t get
enough fiber. You can make it a point to eat foods high in fiber or take a fiber
supplement. A high-fiber meal is very satiating, and the feeling lasts for quite a
9. Avoid eating out. Many fast food restaurants don’t have a good selection of
healthy options. Restaurants can be a healthy dining option, but it’s very easy to
make a significant mistake.
10. Get some exercise. Exercise is useful in a few ways. It decreases your appetite.
It helps to burn some calories. It makes it more painful to cheat on your diet.
Knowing that you worked hard to burn 300 calories on the exercise bike will
make you less likely to undo all that hard work by eating poorly.
Stop sabotaging yourself! You really are your own worst enemy. Dieting is a
challenging endeavor, but most of us make it much harder than it needs to be. Use
these tips to stack the odds in your favor. You can be a successful dieter!
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