Many new dieters get really extreme and decide to cut out everythingthat is remotely unhealthy from their diets. That strategy can be alluring, if you want to lose weight as fast as possible, but it often backfires. You have spent years developing a taste for sugar, salt and fat. Your body and brain will not be happy if your meals suddenly become boring and bland, and your diet won’t last long if you never enjoy eating. Instead of all-or-nothing thinking, try considering one or two foods that you often overindulge in, and decide to make it harder to binge on them. For example, if you tend to have a big bowl of ice cream after dinner every night, try buying just a small pint of ice cream once a week and making it last until your next visit to the store. Or, don’t keep ice cream at home at all, so you don’t think about what you’re depriving yourself of.

 

Once you cut down on or eliminate the foods that most often get you into trouble, start trying to change the composition of your overall diet to be more healthy. Check out the Australian Dietary Guidelines  to learn about what macronutrient balance you should strive for. Then, start planning out some easy meals to make. Healthy eating is easier when you can cook for yourself rather than go out to restaurants. Restaurants don’t care about your diet; they just want to impress you with delicious food!

A great option if you’re strapped for time is to use a meal-delivery service like

www.fitnessmusclemeals.com.au.  This company makes fresh, healthy meals and delivers them in person. That way, you don’t have to put too much thought into developing the perfect meal plan.

 

The hardest part of any diet is sticking to it. Once the novelty wears off, it gets harder and harder to choose your weight-loss or fitness goals over the very appealing cheesecake or pie in front of you. We have to make hundreds of food-related decisions every week, and it’s easy to give yourself permission to indulge “just this once.” But permission-giving statements like that often lead to the end of your diet and the resumption of your old eating habits. Instead, try giving yourself a single “cheat day” per week. On that day, you don’t have to negotiate with yourself and talk yourself into or out of a particular food. Just eat whatever you want! The next day, resume the healthy diet you have committed to. On the six non-cheat days of the week, remind yourself that there are no exceptions to your diet, no just-this-once reasons to backslide into unhealthy eating.

 

A good, long-lasting diet has to be enjoyable. Eating nothing but veggies and drinking nothing but protein shakes gets miserable fast. Whatever diet strategy you use, make sure it’s reasonable. That means not making drastic changes or forgoing all the foods you truly enjoy. Health and fitness are a long-term journey.

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