Are you having trouble sticking to your diet? You're not alone. According to a study, more than 60 percent of Americans who go on a fitness diet fail to continue after a few weeks to several months. If a healthy diet is included in your New Year’s resolution for 2012, these techniques can help you stay on track and achieve your weight loss goals.
Talk to your doctor
The first step is to talk to your doctor. Making your doctor your diet partner helps out a lot because he can inform you about your nutritional needs and health risk factors. Additionally, he can help you formulate the right diet that will work for you. For instance, if you are suffering from high cholesterol, your doctor may recommend a low-fat and low-calorie diet. Also, involving your doctor in this endeavor is like having a “health boss” that will make you feel more motivated to stick to your diet as you wouldn’t want to disappoint your boss.
Create a food diary
It would also help a lot to start a food diary. It's a logbook where you record everything that you eat for the day, including pertinent details such as number of calories and fat grams. Don’t forget to jot down snacks and drinks too as these also contribute to your daily caloric intake. This is an effective way of learning more about your dietary habits so it's easier for you to know how you can change the unhealthy ones. Usually, a person’s daily caloric intake is about 2,000 calories. In order for you to lose weight, you need to tone that down to 1,750 for men and 1,500 for women. Be sure to use a calorie chart so you can record accurate information in your food diary.
Complement your lifestyle and food tastes
A common reason people fail to stick to their diets is because they don’t like what they’re doing. Dieting doesn’t mean you have to hate the food you’re eating. You should still be able to eat meals that you love. For one, you should eat a protein packed breakfast to start your day right. Don’t skip this first meal of the day because it boosts the metabolism so that you can burn calories more efficiently throughout the day. You should keep your lunch and dinner portions small. As for the snacks, choose those that are tasty and at the same time have a lot of nutritional value like yogurt and fruits.
Set realistic goals
You hear this advice too often. When you’re about to embark on a healthy fitness diet, you must keep in mind that overnight success is not possible. Crash diets do give fast results but they are not permanent and you’re bound to double in weight once you stop. And that’s something that you don’t want to happen. Set realistic goals for yourself so you don’t lose heart when you don’t see quick results.
Diet with a partner or group
Almost anything’s more fun when you do it with another person and the same is true for dieting. Make your friend, spouse or co-worker your dieting partner, or round up your buddies for a spoof of the Biggest Loser game. Set similar dietary goals and watch out for each other. Ward off temptations for your partner and he will do the same thing for you. Another option worth trying is to join a dieting community. You’ll find lots of weight loss diet groups online.
Visualize your objective
Sometimes, all you need is to see what you’re aiming for. Post a photo of your favorite celeb in her skimpy bikini on your bathroom mirror and tell yourself that you’re going to wear the same thing a few months from now. Hang a movie poster of your favorite actor and swear that you’re going to snag hot girls with the same ripped abs that he has by the end of this year. You may also buy a piece of clothing that’s smaller than your size and try it on every now and then to see your progress. Be sure to hang that clothing in a place where you can see it every day.
Dieting is hard but it’s not impossible. Stick to your healthy weight loss diet by following the techniques mentioned above.