So many people make a plan to go on a diet. Yet, do you realize when you say you are going on a diet that you are immediately telling yourself that this is only temporary? That you are just going to eat this way until you lose the XX amount of weight and then it’s back to old habits. Then 6 months later at New Year’s or before summer you are back to that same diet again?
The problem with diets are that they are temporarily putting a band-aid on something that you already know is not working for your body. When you think of changing the way you eat as a lifestyle change, you then shift the focus off of temporary to a new way of life. This change will allow you to stick longer with your plan of healthy eating and then allow you to alter as you go along. The longer you stick to this change in lifestyle, the easier it then is to not revert to your old ways.
On the same note you learn to still eat the things you love. If your problem is drinking too many sodas and you take them 100% out of your diet, you send your body in to a shock. It then craves it like mad and you end up giving in. But when you change your lifestyle you don’t take it out, rather you practice portion control. If you are used to having 1 soda a day, then cut it back to a 1/2. Then in about two weeks cut it back to a 1/2 every other day. As you continue to cut back the amount you drink it is easier and the cravings become less severe. After a while a soda becomes your Saturday night dinner treat. I have personally done this with soda and now have no desire to even buy any!
This concept applies to your favorite foods too! Have that small sundae after a hot day working in the yard. But as a treat, not as a regular thing. Work the meals for that day around the delicious treat you are going to have later. Some eggs and bacon for breakfast, a hearty grilled chicken salad at lunch with vinaigrette, then a small sirloin at dinner with fresh roasted broccoli/green beans/asparagus. Eat those healthy vegetables and non processed proteins all day so that your once in a while treat is not on a day with you are eating a cheeseburger and fries.
Today I did PiYo: Lower Body Define. Let me tell you how amazing the stretch was and how great it felt after yesterday’s run! It stretched so much of the hips an quads. I loved it today! I drank my Shakeology mixed with apple juice today and waited to take my vitamins until I ate lunch. No nausea today, so I do think I was on vitamin overload yesterday morning! The shake was good and then I had steak, sweet potatoes and Brussels sprouts for lunch. As a snack I had a yogurt topped with a bunch of fresh fruit (strawberries, blueberries, kiwi, coconut, and lychee). Tonight’s menu is still TBD.
Are you ready to make a lifestyle change?
What is the one thing that is hardest for you to “give-up”?
Would you consider cutting it back a little at a time?
Tell me what it is. I would love to help you figure out a plan!