Every day, hundreds and thousands of people decide to eat a healthy diet, but very few continue on the journey as most just quick midway. This is a very common problem that usually occurs due to a lack of motivation and poor planning. Sticking to a diet may be daunting but it’s important if you want results. Stopping your diet midway would not only prevent you from gaining results, but you would also be pushing all the hard work that you’d put in the last few days or weeks. We understand that it is hard to stick to. We all love food, but it is important to do so if you really want to look good and feel healthy. So how can one stick to a diet? Let’s find out:
Why People Fail To Stick To A Diet?
A major reason is a lack of information. Some people know nothing about dieting and let myths drive them. Many expect results overnight, and when that does not happen, they just quit. And for many of us, it becomes difficult to eat tasteless food.
But, again, all this happens due to a lack of knowledge. Dieting does not mean staying away from delicious meals. You can enjoy it all but in the right way and quantity. Let’s burst all these myths now so you can easily stick to your diet plan:
What You Say: Vegetables Aren’t Tasty
What You Should Do: Make Vegetables Delicious
It’s understandable why many people deviate from their diets. The reason may be a lack of taste in vegetables. Now, almost every diet focuses on eating vegetables which is why dieters crave for fat-containing (unhealthy foods) even more.
Solution: It should be noted that when you overcook and underseason a vegetable, it loses its crisp. When you saute, grill or steam a vegetable, make sure you don’t overcook so that it can have a crisp to it. Next, use sauces to give a boost to the taste.
Making a sauce for the vegetables: Take olive oil and balsamic vinegar in equal parts, add minced garlic and mustard, half teaspoon each, and whisk all the ingredients together. Take toasted almonds, cilantro or basil leaves and pumpkin seeds, and sprinkle on top and your sauce is ready.
Eating vegetables along with this sauce will make it delicious and you’d be willing to eat more of the vegetable portion of your diet.
What You Say: Can’t Say No To Salty Foods.
What You Should Do: Just Avoid Processed And Restaurant Food.
Sprinkling a pinch of salt on french fries or a dish isn’t damaging, however, eating processed foods and restaurant foods sure is. This is because these foods are loaded with hidden salt.
The quantity of salt in these foods make up more than 80% of sodium intake which is more than the recommended amount (2300 mg of salt).
Eating too much salt can increase the risk of an elevated blood pressure, heartburn, stroke and heart diseases too, hence you need to be careful.
Solution: When shopping for foods, make sure to pick ones that are low on sodium. Moreover, don’t cut off salt consumption completely; just use it in smaller amounts.
What You Say: There’s No Chocolate In My Diet, I Am A Chocolate Freak.
What You Should Do: Include Cacao Chocolates In Your Diet
Chocolates are tempting. There’s no denying to that. However, most of the chocolate now comes with added sugar and it is unhealthy to eat in excess amount. If your diet restricts you from eating chocolate then you can go for an alternate option.
Solution: Turn to chocolates that are made up of at least 60% of cacao. These types of chocolates do not have added sugar in them, hence, they won’t affect your health like a sugary chocolate will.
Eating cacao chocolates will still keep you on a diet because it has many benefits.
It contains only 150 calories. Other than that, these chocolates improve blood circulation and blood pressure as well.
What You Say: I Eat Excessively And Deviate From My Diet Because I Starve Too Soon.
What You Should Do: Add Proteins To Your Diet.
Some diets focus on carbohydrates more since they are an important source of fuel. However, refined carbs are easily overeaten and they secrete an insulin that generates a feeling of hunger and tiredness in a person, hence, the person wills to eat even more.
This can make a person go for foods that are not included in the diet because an empty stomach calls for everything and anything.
Solution: Limiting the intake of carbs and adding proteins to the diet can do wonders.
Proteins are known for keeping you fuller for a longer period of time. Some protein rich foods include lean beef, poultry, beans, soy nuts, eggs, light tuna and canned salmon.
Adding any of these within every meal will help you keep full until the next meal and will stop you from turning to unhealthy foods.
What You Say: Fish Is Great But I Don’t Like It.
What You Should Do: Try Smaller Quantities And With A Different Cooking Method.
Almost every kind of diet will tell you to include fish at least twice a week. However, the smell or natural flavor can disgust some people and force them to turn to other food sources that are not included in the diet.
One should know that fishes are a great omega 3 fatty acids provider, which offers several benefits. Other than that, fish provides more protein than a burger and more potassium compared to a banana.
Solution: Tossing fish out of your meal plan is a bad idea. What you should do is follow this cooking method:
- Brush the entire fish with olive oil, sprinkle pepper and sea salt.
- Bake it but put fresh sprigs of rosemary and parsley and boiled red potatoes alongside. This will eliminate the smell and also improve taste.
- Moreover, you don’t need to eat the entire fish. What you can do is add smaller portions of fish with a larger portion of something else such as salad or chicken etc., and enjoy.
What You Say: I Don’t Have It In Me To Follow A Diet.
What You Should Do: Motivate Yourself.
To stay on course, it is important for a person to find the means to stay motivated. Go where you started from and recall why you decided to go on a diet. Once you find it in you, you will find it easier to fight your urges.
Another good way to stay motivated is to monitor the changes that come within your body. It takes about a month for positive changes to show up such as a reducing belly, mass build up, weight loss etc., so say patient.
You also need to set goals ahead of you such as losing a specific amount of weight in a calculated amount of time. This will keep you motivated to achieve your goal and stay true to your diet.
There are many ways to stick to a diet, all you need is motivation, the right knowledge about making your meals more interesting and delicious. Good luck!