With so many diets available and the internet being a fantastic resource with tips and recipes, the world of weight loss can seem quite daunting. It is very easy to simply dive straight into a diet, however you may find that it does not work out as you had hoped. Success stories are in abundance online and they are great to spur you on, but remember that everyone is different and has a different starting point!
Here are 4 Reasons Why Your Diet May Fail…
With diets ranging from the Keto lifestyle which allows you to eat copious amounts of bacon but is seriously low carb; to a TFR (Total Food Replacement) diet that requires you to stick to a strict regime of shakes and specialist meals only, you need to choose a diet that is right for you and fits into your lifestyle. Prepare to spend weeks researching and making meal plans before you start. Yo-Yo dieting is not great for you, so it’s important to find something that works for you. The first week of a diet is always a novelty until you are comfortable with it, so keep working through any urges to detour from your diet journey!
Going through a personal crisis takes its toll on your body as-well as your mind. A stressful experience such as a divorce, house move, starting a new job or illness may mean comfort food is needed to help you overcome the stresses felt. Clearly munching on a family sized bag of crisps is not the answer, but going out for a walk, listening to music, talking with friends all helps to keep your mind occupied and away from food temptation. Hiring a good divorce solicitor will also alleviate stress and allow you to concentrate on other things.
Peer pressure is the worst when you are on a weight loss journey. People trying to persuade you to try something they have cooked that is not diet friendly or a family or friends speak meal out. It generally comes down to the fact people not on the diet you chose do not understand how it works. Simply take time to educate those around you on how your diet works, what you need to do on it and that you would appreciate their support.
Diets can be expensive, especially TFR diets where you need to stick to specialist food items and it can be off putting. Try to remember that by sticking to the diet you will not be outlawing money on an occasional takeaway or naughty treat on a supermarket visit, so in the long run the initial outlay will eventually right itself. There are always options and supermarkets such as Aldi and Lidl have a fantastic range of fresh products and meat at a fraction of the price of other food stores.
When you feel like quitting… think about why you started!
This is a collaborative post, all words and opinions are my own.