Get Your Diet Back On Track!
Whether it’s a vacation or your busy schedule or a big stroke of bad luck, you’ve fallen off your weight-loss wagon. Don’t panic! This happens to almost everyone at one time or another. But, it doesn’t mean you have to wave goodbye to your long-term dieting goals. Here’s a list of helpful tips for moving past your relapse, and getting your diet back on track.
Learn from the Experience
If you have no idea what made you go off track with your diet, there’s a high chance that you’ll react in the exact same way when the wrong stimulus pops up again. Take some time to think about what was going on just before you fell off the weight-loss wagon. Try to pin down exactly what it was that caused you to stray from the path. This will give you a clearer view of the kind of situations that may cause you to overeat and miss your targets. That allows you to avoid these in the future, and plan an alternative action for each one. For example, if you always seem to overeat when you’re on a night out with your friends, make a point of eating a filling (but healthy) meal before you go out.
Bolster your Motivation
When you go off your diet, it’s a clear sign that your motivation somehow went off track. Take the time to think about what changed. When you were sticking to the program, what was it that kept you motivated and strengthened your self-discipline? Going out of your way to recreating those feelings might get you back on track faster than you’d be able to otherwise. You might want to try to re-enter your diet with all guns blazing, taking part in the best detox cleanse you can read up on, or booking in an introductory session with a personal trainer. However you do it, your self-motivation is crucial to your ability to stick to a diet, so try to work on this however you can.
See the Bigger Picture
When a lot of people get down in the dumps following a lapse in their diet, it’s usually because they’re focussing on one little mistake, and failing to see the bigger picture. Bear in mind that losing weight simply requires a decrease in your calorie intake over time. It really doesn’t matter how long or short that period is, as long as you’re shedding the weight. With this in mind, try to think about your food intake over the course of a week or a month, rather than taking it one day at a time. You’ll have good days and bad days, just like anyone, working towards any kind of goal. You just need to stop yourself from thinking of slipping up here and there as too much of a big deal. There’s always a chance to make up for it!
If you’ve slipped out of the rhythms out of your diet for whatever reason, bookmark this post, and come back to it the next time you’re feeling like a failure!