Going on a diet doesn’t sound like a difficult task, but here’s the real deal: How do we maintain the weight loss without gaining back any of that extra pounds?
Ask this question in a public forum and you’ll be bombed with zillions of most likely non-scientific replies, such as:
- “Cut out all sugar.”
- “Stop eating after 7pm.”
- “Go on the Atkins/Keto/Paleo/Alkaline/whatnot Diet.”
- “Get on a meal plan.”
- “Start intermittent fasting”
And the list goes on.
If you think dieting sucks and you’ll have a hard time sticking to one, you’re not alone. Many people out there are dealing with the same issue. However, difficult doesn’t mean impossible! Drop all those pop culture recommendations and weight-loss tips, and find an expert coach or recourse to begin with. To get sustainable results, a standard and supervised plan is required.
We’ve brought to you the holy trinity of weight loss. Read through and learn how to tackle the task with least difficulties!
Decide Why You’re Considering a Diet
Seeking professional guidance doesn’t mean a dietitian has to do every single step for you! The backbone of a diet, is the decision you make to follow one. It’s a matter you alone can determine; take time and answer this crucial question:” Why am I going on a diet?”
People choose to go on diets for multiple purposes, and a significant number are after losing weight. And it doesn’t stop there; you should dig this further and see what you’re really after.
- Aesthetics: Most people consider weight-loss to achieve that ideal body shape. If that’s also the case for you, keep in mind that diet wouldn’t be recommended as the single solution.
- Healthier Future: Life’s not all about the current moment. If you’ve decided to obtain a diet to stick to healthier eating habits, it’s a good base to start off at as long as you’re following expert guidelines to retain those long-term benefits.
If you’re uncertain about what exactly is the reason behind your decision, question your goal until it’s stripped to the base purpose. For instance, your will to lose weight and earn that ideal body shape might root in your desire for feeling more self-confident. When you find something you genuinely regard, stick to it as a motivator so when days of diet frustration or lack of willingness to keep up approach, you’ll have something to keep you going.
Find a Simple and Sustainable Plan
Thanks to modern technology, you can find tons of diet plans everywhere but another issue arises: which one is accurate? Ads screaming “Lose 10 Pounds a Month!” might be tempting, but here’s a truth they won’t tell you: The weight you shed that way, will return as quickly as it disappeared. Same goes for diets so tough they frustrate people in a short while.
Weight loss is not about pace, but the ability to burn certain loads of calories consistently and keeping your body that way. Hopping on a random diet on your own, skipping meals and omitting snacks and tricking yourself into ‘healthy eating’ might not be as practical as it seems.
Here’s the key to achieve the goal: Planning, planning and more planning. Take some time, consult an expert and thoroughly plan out how exactly your diet is going to be. Are you undoing snacks? What will you omit from weekly schedules? Will you consider making food at home instead of lazy-persuading yourself to devour another meal at Wendy’s?
Don’t go all hardcore with your diet plan. It might make sense at first to skip all the greasy and diet-breaking food and stick to healthy veggies and steamed goods because you’re overly motivated to start eating healthy, but as you realize how the practical thing will be, it’ll get frustrating and tough. Obviously, nobody wants to torture themselves into munching on celery sticks when a piece of cake is forbidden to touch! Hard diets are basically more difficult to stick to. So before playing healthy hero and planning out a hardcore diet, consult a dietitian and make sure you can sustain the given diet for a long period.
Obtain Some Structures
Everything is easier said than done, and sticking to a diet is not an exclusion. A plan written on paper seems easy peasy to tackle, but the deal is can you follow that in real life?
We do not deny further complications and hardships of following diets, particularly the one designed for weight loss. Staring at a diet plan might confuse you to the verge of giving up, but don’t let all that planning effort go vain! You can simplify everything with a little organization.
Weight doesn’t disappear magically. You’re going to need structured exercise paired up with legit diet constraints. Eating healthy plays a major part but won’t suffice in the long run. According to your conditions and goals, plan your exercising routine to ensure burning calories. Choose your actions too simple to skip; working out at the gym is easy to skip, but you can always, for instance, walk to work instead of driving or taking the cab and use the stairs before your mind tells you to hop into the elevator.
Apply structure to your eating habits as well. If you’re used to eating pre-made meals, taking time to prepare one all of a sudden seems way too much. Find yourself quick recipes and options easy to get done in little time without much fuss. With some attempt and willpower, you’ll find yourself stuck to a healthy routine and lifestyle before you even notice.