If you have failed in several attempts to follow a diet, do not despair. This does not mean that you have done wrong or that the nutritional plan is not adequate, often what is behind this “small” failure is that you have failed motivation and willpower.
And the emotional part of each one is of vital importance when it comes to losing weight. In this article, you will discover two keys for staying on track when dieting.
Find your reasons to start a diet
It suits you to do an exercise that will come in handy to convince you of what you can achieve if you start the diet. It is called “The balance”, and as its name suggests, it helps you to become aware of the good and the bad that both the act of initiating this change and the failure to do so have.
1. “The balance” exercise
Draw a table with two quadrants, in one place the good that you will get if you comply with the diet and in another what you do not like about it. Try to answer the questions that are posed, being as sincere as possible with you.
When you answer, it is important that you be as specific as possible. For example, in the quadrant of what is good to do, do not just put “improve my health”, write specifically what aspect of your health will improve.
The more you specify, the more you will identify with the motives and the clearer you will have if it is worth it or not to make the change in your diet and your way of life.
2. Hang your “motivational collage” in your fridge
Once you have assessed the pros and cons of starting a diet: take what you have written in the quadrant of how good it is to change and move it to a large enough card where the entire list fits. Accompany the text of related images, turning it into a “motivational collage”.
For example, if you have written that one of the good things is that you are going to be able to put on the jeans that you do not fit now, you can hook a picture of yourself in your collage wearing it. Put the card in a visible place and you will remember why it is worthwhile to continue with the commitment you have acquired with yourself.
Are you motivated to change?
If you are clear that you want to diet, you will be able to successfully resolve the moments of doubt that may arise along the way, and overcome the bad habits that you may have ingrained for a long time.
- Forever. The intention is not to make a diet for a month, but to change the way you eat forever. That means that you must internalize that will to change and convince yourself that eating well is going to become a maxim of your life forever.
- You can “train” that value. If you are thinking all day that dieting is horrible, you will feel bad, you will not enjoy, and sooner or later you will throw in the towel. But if you focus on the positive and you repeat to yourself that you enjoy eating well and that it suits you, you will be able to see your reality from another point of view.
Health or beauty
When starting the diet it is good that you reflect on the reasons that motivate you to want to lose weight. Internalize that, although perhaps the initial idea was driven by wanting to lose some weight and show off those Texan jeans that you love, a better diet will improve your health remarkably.
By eating in a balanced way you will feel more energetic, have a better mood and even your skin will thank you.
Write down all the small positive changes that you feel after a few days with the diet, each one of them will be a small victory won and will help you maintain your motivation.
A touch of creativity
If you are too strict with your diet, it is likely that after a few days you get bored. On the other hand, by combining different foods from your diet you can add a touch of creativity that will add flavor and allow you to overcome the feeling of “eating the same thing every day”.
Loosen the rope a bit and try a different dressing, mix other spices and opt for different cooking techniques.