Whenever I started a new “diet”, I just KNEW that if I deviated just one time, I would end up trashing the whole diet. I felt that if I didn’t follow the program exactly, I would fail. It was all a matter of mindset.
Here are some tips to help you work-around the idea that you have to do everything perfectly in order to successfully lose weight:
To successfully reach your weight loss goal, you don’t want to “diet” for a short time, lose weight, and return to your old habits. You need to make permanent corrections in what you eat. You don’t need to “perfectly” follow someone else’s plan. Listen to your body and make changes, little by little, that will be permanent – how much you eat at one time, exercise, and when you eat “emotionally.”
In her book, “French Women Don’t Get Fat”, author Mirielle Guiliano says that French women don’t worry about eating the foods that give them pleasure. When they do, they just adjust what they eat the rest of the day. They don’t have the mindset that they “cheated” because they don’t really diet.
The word “diet” evokes images of deprivation and boring meals. Don’t think of your weight loss plan as a diet that’s “cast in stone.” Make healthy, “conscious” choices each time you eat. Enjoy what you eat. Savor the tastes and flavors. Allow yourself the pleasures of eating. You will then feel satisfied.
Here’s an easy plan. Keep a journal. Each day write down the things you ate during the day that you would do differently. Did you eat an extra helping when you weren’t really hungry, or when you were upset, or just thirsty?
Promise yourself that you won’t do the same things the next day. Put “roadblocks” in front of the things you succumbed to. Such as – be more aware of portion control and when you feel full; pay attention to emotional triggers; keep your favorite drinks around so when you’re thirsty you can take a moment and have something you enjoy instead eating.
In your journal, write down what you did during the day that moved you towards your weight loss goal. Do these the next day to give you that same feeling of accomplishment.
Human beings aren’t perfect and the challenge of losing weight can be stressful. Trying to do it “perfectly” just adds to the stress. Change your mindset, take care of yourself, and you will reach your weight loss goals.