Diet Motivation Tips
Maintaining high diet motivation is tough for most people. The fact that it can be so difficult to maintain dieting motivation for long periods of time means that to stay on your chosen diet, you'll need to approach it carefully.
What does it take to get motivated and stay motivated with a diet? If you are looking for a quick and easy way to lose weight without any effort, this information may not be for you.
My approach is to go for the long term solution, one that may take time and effort to accomplish, but that will ultimately create and maintain the results you want.
Everyone Is On a Diet
First of all, everyone is on a diet, in the sense that a diet is your habitual eating pattern. Usually when someone says they are "going on a diet", what they really mean is that they are temporarily changing their habitual eating pattern (current diet) to a different eating pattern (new diet).
Most people will go on a diet until they achieve a certain goal (or give up), then go back to the previous eating pattern. Usually when people go back to their normal eating pattern, lo and behold their weight returns. Rather than thinking about "going on a diet" in the traditional sense (just making a temporary change) consider instead changing your diet permanently.
In this frame of mind you are less likely to make extreme and drastic changes, and you'll be more likely to choose healthy options that could become permanent.
Clarify your Reasons
Think deeply about why you really want to change your diet. Motivation will be much higher if you have really compelling reasons for making the change. Consider what a change would do for your energy levels, your overall health and well being, your self image, etc. Avoid using external factors as primary reasons for change- for example don't do it just to impress other people or to look good for a specific event.
While those types of things can produce short term motivation, once you've met that expectation (or failed to impress the others) your diet motivation will probably dissipate. When thinking about why to change your diet, consider how making permanent, long term changes could impact your life for years to come.
Creating good habits now could make a huge difference in your overall well being over the course of your life.
Manage your Expectations
Nothing kills diet motivation faster than not seeing positive results from your efforts (or even seeing the opposite of what you expect). When you decide to change your diet, think in the long term and set your expectations low during the initial change.
Allow for your body to adjust to new eating habits before judging whether the diet is working. Don't focus on immediate weight loss, and don't get discouraged if things aren't happening as quickly as you'd like. Think about the long term benefits of continuing, and while the change may take longer, it's more likely to stick. By giving yourself plenty of time for results, you'll have better success using theses diet motivation tips.
Change your habits
Consider changing habits to support your diet plan. For example, I find that I shop very differently depending on which store I am at. One grocery store has loads of great fresh produce and a focus on natural and healthy food options.
When I shop there I usually walk out with mostly fruits and veggies. When I shop at a different store that has less selection in the produce, I usually end up with less healthy processed food options.
Another habit that makes a difference for me it to eat before going shopping. Feeling full makes me less likely to splurge on tasty looking junk food.
Other habits could include eating regularly (so you'll be less likely to gorge on a meal), keeping healthy snacks handy, etc. It really depends on what you are trying to accomplish in your diet, but setting up good habits will help keep your dieting motivation high.
Your diet motivation will be much higher if you plan for the long term, clarify why you are dieting, manage your expectations and create good habits. Using these dieting motivation tips can help you to choose healthy diet plans and achieve long term success.
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