Dieting is never easy, but your attitude and the way you approach a diet can make or break your success.
Because dieting typically comes with a negative connotation, we have compiled five tips to take a positive approach. But first, adopt a good attitude – it will make it easier to succeed.
1. Start with a positive thought.
“I have to go on a diet,” is no way to start, because it’s negative from the beginning. When you start a diet with that kind of mindset, you think that you must give up your favorite foods and you have to suffer. Don’t go there. Be your own cheerleader. Begin a diet by thinking “I can do this” or “I’m going to have so much more energy.” These are positive starting points. How you think is going to impact your success, so keep it positive. Believing you can succeed will help get you over any rough spots and lead you toward your goal weight.
2. Know why you want to diet.
What are you trying to accomplish? If you think losing weight will make you happy, that’s not realistic. If you think it will improve your health and give you more energy, that’s a great reason to diet! View yourself as healthy. Then think about what you enjoy: Finally treating yourself to a day at the beach? Shopping? Playing football with your boys? Focus on positive – but realistic – outcomes to keep yourself motivated.
3. Give yourself a little love.
If you’ve been avoiding mirrors because you are overweight, spend some time looking into one. What do like about yourself? Is it your thick, glossy hair? The unusual color of your eyes? Maybe, you have an hourglass figure, even with the extra pounds. Now, go a step further. What are the things you are good at doing? Does everyone in the office rely on you? Is your home the favorite hangout for the neighborhood kids because you are so welcoming? Realize that your weight doesn’t define you – look past the negatives and feel good about yourself.
4. Be realistic and patient.
Certainly, take advantage of a fast-start program offered by many diet plans. You can even get a medically-monitored fast start at a medical weight loss center. Fast-start dieting is a great way to get motivated, but if you have a considerable amount of weight to lose, it’s still going to take time. Be realistic. Know that you’re looking at sticking with your diet for as long as it takes. Be patient with yourself. Be patient when your weight loss slows down – it will pick up again. It may be a long run, but you’ll love the end result!
5. Admit you need help.
Dieting isn’t easy. If you need help, ask! Join a diet group. Consider getting a personalized diet plan – plus, support and supervision – at a medical weight loss center. When you get professional help, you’re going to find experts who can help you find the right diet for your lifestyle, give you a better understanding and, at the same time, help keep you on track. There’s no failure in getting help. It makes dieting easier. It gives you someone to share both your failures and successes. Be your own cheerleader, but don’t be afraid to add another cheerleader onto your team.
Start your diet on a positive note. Get help if you need it. Be realistic. Be patient, and remember it will all add up to a slimmer, healthier you!
What is holding you back from making your diet work? Tell us in the comments!
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