Getting Mentally Prepared to Start a Diet
Whether you’re preparing for your New Year’s Resolution diet or you want to get healthy now, getting mentally ready to start a diet can increase your odds of success. Your mind is your most powerful weapon against quitting, failing or regaining weight when dieting.
When you get your mind right, you can change the way you look at food, your relationship with food and your eating habits. That way your ‘diet’ just becomes your way of life.
And the best diets allow you to do just that.
So what are the top things you can do to get mentally ready to start your diet? We know and we are sharing.
Getting Mentally Ready to Start a Diet: Research and Plan
The worst thing you can do is start a diet on a whim. A last minute “OK….” Giving as much thought to the “HOWS” as the last person who failed their diet.
Dieting should not have an end date. It should be a lifestyle change. If you plan on changing your life—you need to give it considerable thought, what can you handle? What can’t you handle? What are your realistic expectations?
Outlining your wants, needs and can’t will help bring your commitment to reality and help you be accountable to making it happen. Accountability goes a long way in dieting.
Clean out your kitchen, tell your friends/family not to tempt you—get your house, friends and mind ready.
Getting Mentally Ready to Start a Diet: Use Your Experience
Most people starting a diet are not starting for the first time. Learn from your past mistakes—what didn’t work? What did (kind of) work?
Was it exercise? Food Journal? Tracking App? Support groups? Whatever worked, incorporate that. Whatever didn’t work, such as severely restricting foods, ditch it.
Set yourself up for success by incorporating what works for YOU. This will also help to get your mind right knowing you’re employing tactics that work.
Getting Mentally Ready to Start a Diet: Have Plans A-Z
If someone told you that you have to follow a diet to a T and not stray—RUN. Life doesn’t work that way. We can’t always plan everything. We can’t always have control of everything. So plan for life’s unexpected moments.
If you happen to go over your calories one day because your flight was delayed and you had junk food to choose from—plan on balancing that out with a reduction the next day.
If you travel for work—try to pay some healthy snacks in your briefcase such as nuts or fruits that you can nibble on when you’re not near your hotel or a healthy alternative.
If you’re going to wean yourself off sugar, plan on HOW—and then plan on when you slip up.
All of these plans help you realize—you’re human. You’re going to do your best, and allow yourself moments of failure. But then you’re going to fix it and move on.
Getting Mentally Ready to Start a Diet: Don’t Deprive Yourself
The worst thing you can do is deprive yourself of certain foods on a diet. Remember-diets don’t have end dates. If you can’t live without your ice cream—don’t. Just pick lower calorie alternatives and/or reduce the amount and frequency you eat. For instance—get yourself measuring cups, measure out a half cup and SAVOR it. Do this once a week or less and watch your cravings subside and you’ll still feel like you’re not ripping yourself off.
Getting Mentally Ready to Start a Diet: Eat with Awareness
Tracking and logging your food is one of the best ways to eat with awareness. But if you’re not a fan of logging everything, eat slowly. Chew more. Take longer to eat so you can ensure you’re only eating what you need to eat.
That brings you full circle.
Preparing, Committing, Being Accountable and Aware.
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