Diet. Just the word can sound nasty. It’s no surprise. Millions of people go on diets every year. And millions of people wind up frustrated and disappointed by their weight loss efforts. Because the sad reality is that most diets just don’t work.
What comes to mind when you think of the word “diet”? If you’re like most people, the list looks something like this:
How can you change this? What would it take to turn all this negativity into a positive approach to nutrition and weight loss? Try these tips.
Too often diets are associated with restrictions. You focus on all the food you can’t eat because it’s unhealthy. Turn this negative attitude on its head and open yourself to the great variety of health food you can eat.
Not a natural born chef? No problem. There are tons of clean eating resources online with simple meal ideas. Put the power of the internet to use as you search for new, healthy alternative to your unhealthy meal staples.
Making major changes overnight to your eating habits leads to yo-yo dieting, the repeated loss and gaining of weight. Reports show that this kind of dieting leads to health issues, emotional distress, and even marital problems.
Gradual changes to your nutritional habits are easier to make and maintain. That’s what will lead to improved health and weight loss.
With time, you’ll become accustomed to the changes and they won’t seem as drastic or difficult.
If you inflict your diet as a punishment, you will always see it in a negative light. On the days when you cheat a bit on your healthy nutrition plan, don’t come down hard on yourself. Instead, make room for a little indulgence from time to time.
Successful weight loss comes from a healthy mindset towards food and health. Dr. Judith S. Beck of Psychology Today recommends eating “in a very healthy way” while still allowing yourself “to have one favourite food, in moderation, every single day.”
Losing weight can be a struggle. And for most people, it’s a miserable one. Don’t let a negative attitude towards diet and weight loss keep you from improving your health. Use these tips to stay positive as you eat better and work towards a healthier lifestyle.