Have you ever been on a diet? Not fun, are they? Diets require a lot of planning, dedication, and willpower to succeed. Many people start them with the best of intentions only to falter and give up. This can be very disconcerting and even cause them to plunge further into the world of unhealthy eating in order to alleviate their depression.
Proper planning is always a good way to ensure success and that applies to dieting, too. Here are some steps to follow that will help you formulate a plan to increase your chances of success:
Past Success and Failures
If you have dieted in the past, what worked and what didn’t? Can you recreate the successful elements from those previous attempts? Also think about what didn’t work and make sure to avoid those pitfalls.
Track Those Calories
Eating right and watching those calories are two of the key factors in a successful diet. Fortunately, apps like Lose It! make tracking calories easier than ever. Some even have a barcode feature, so all you have to do it scan the code and the information will automatically appear.
Eliminate Those Nasty Temptations
Are there certain foods and drinks that act as Kryptonite for your dieting powers? If at all possible, remove them from your home or any other spot where you have easy access. Also, avoid any spots where they are found.
Plan a Healthy Menu
Talk to your general practitioner and dietician and come up with a diet plan that will keep you on-track for calories, while also providing you with the protein and nutrients required for your gender and period of life.
Find an Exercise Buddy
It can be tough to go it alone, so it helps to have a supportive partner. Are any of your friends and family planning to diet? If so, try to start at the same time with them and exercise together. You can also provide each other with moral support and daily check-ins to monitor results and motivation.