Sticking to a diet doesn’t come naturally, especially when you do not start right and when you are not in tune with the common obstacles that may sabotage your efforts. A study reported that over 26 percent of people who were on a diet admitted to giving up before seeing their desired results. So What can you do to not be among this group of people?
Let’s just be blunt about it; if you are struggling to commit to healthy eating habits, I’m glad to tell you, you’re not alone. Eating healthy can be difficult, but it is not impossible. Here are simple science-backed tips to help you stick to your diet no matter where you are.
Motivation; Remember Why You Started
Before you even try to decide to change your eating habits, give yourself a good reason to do it, then start from there. Motivation is powerful. It can keep you going when the road gets rough and you feel like the twenty-six percent of people who give up before seeing the results of their efforts.
Once you clearly state your inspiration for a healthy diet, then it becomes a matter of holding on to it. While others can inspire you to not give up, no one can really give you the daily enthusiasm to make it happen like yourself.
Ask yourself, “what is my driving force to stick to a healthy diet? What am I hoping to get our from it.” Write it down or create a picture, and post it somewhere you can see it every day. Old-fashioned? Maybe, but this will help you remember why you started and will inspire you to keep at it.
Carry Healthy Snacks Along
It is quite difficult to stick to a healthy diet when you are always on the go. Whether it’s because of your job or whatever, when you’re away from home for extended periods, you can get so hungry that you may end up grabbing whatever is available, healthy or not.
It is more likely that what you grab on the road would be processed food that rarely satisfies hunger and mostly isn’t good for you.
If you know you would be away from home for a long time, carry healthy high-protein snacks along with you to keep your filled until you’re able to have a full meal. Some examples of good, portable snacks are almonds, peanuts, hard-boiled eggs, cheese, or Greek yogurt.
If You Have To Eat Out, Have A Plan
Your desire to maintain a healthy diet will be very challenging when you’re always eating out. However, there are ways to make it easier.
When you get to the restaurant, rather than jumping to feast on any food, take your time to look through their menu and order a healthy option.
In cases like this, it is better when you have a ready-made plan on the healthy options when eating out.
Don’t Let Traveling Derail You
Whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure, within the country or across the world, being outside of your familiar territory can make it even more difficult to stick to a healthy diet plan. Still, these are some things you can do in such cases.
- Research the restaurants ahead of time.
- Carry some healthy foods that don’t spoil easily.
- Commit yourself to stay on track during the trip.
Though herculean, you can stick to a healthy diet when you travel. All it takes is a bit of research, planning, and commitment to your goals.
Track and Monitor Your Progress
Studies show that monitoring food intake helps you stick to a healthy diet and leads to healthier, better living. This may seem like a big deal, but logging the foods you eat into a diary, an online food tracker, or an app can help you stick to a healthy diet.
This works like the way people measure exercise progress. The benefit of this is that it provides you with motivation and accountability that can help you keep going.
Get A Partner To Join You
Researchers studying data from over 3,000 couples found that when one person made a positive lifestyle change, such as increasing physical activity, the other was more likely to follow their lead.
Just like anything, healthy eating and exercise plan can be tough to do on your own. That is why it helps to have a diet or exercise buddy to inspire you on those days that you feel like throwing caution to the wind. It is even better if the person is your partner or spouse. Having a partner join you in the diet plan can increase your chances of sticking to it.
When you eat healthily, you protect your body against certain types of diseases such as obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and it reduces the risk of cancer, improves your memory, and keeps you in a good mood all the time. So why would you want to give up on sticking to your diet? Please don’t.