I don’t like the word “dieting” in the sense that there are SO many fad “diets” out there that restrict food groups, calories and have ridiculous rules that everyone eventually breaks. In any of my posts when I say the word diet, I am talking about the food you consume on a daily basis, rather than a set of rules stating you can ONLY eat cabbage soup or drink lemon water. I will emphasize that I am not an advocate for fad diets, detoxes, juice fasts, etc. Your diet should be a sustainable lifestyle choice with plenty of balance. This means incorporating foods from all food groups and eating correct portion sizes.
Make your diet easier to stick with starting today by following these simple and effective steps. Revamp your pantry, fill your fridge with the right foods and prepare your snacks in advance. Go grocery shopping on Sunday to stock your home with whole foods. This will make it simple to stick to your healthy eating program. Then get rid of all the temptation foods in your home that could make it hard to stay on track. And just so you do not feel deprived allow yourself one cheat meal per week. This can be the perfect time to dine out!
These are my seven tested and tried true ways to making sticking to your new diet work.
1. MAKEOVER YOUR PANTRY
Give your pantry a makeover and fill it with whole grains, nuts, and foods that nourish your body. This will make snack time even easier and create healthy meals a breeze. Preparation is the key to weight loss success so prepare your pantry pronto, girlfriend!
2. FILL YOUR FRIDGE WITH THE RIGHT FOODS
Get rid of the cheese and processed foods and replace with fruits and veggies. If you fill your fridge with the right foods, you will find it so easy to stick to your diet. Then it will no longer be a diet just a way of life.
3. PREPARE SNACKS IN ADVANCE
Cut up veggies and arrange snacks like hummus in the fridge for your convenience and ease and to stick to the plan. Sometimes the sheer thought of creating snacks and meals can be stressful. If you're prepared when hunger or the 3 pm snack attack strikes, you just have to open up the fridge, grab and go!
4. GET RID OF TEMPTATION FOODS
If you know chips, cookies, and crackers tend to be your weak points, eliminate these temptations from your home. In fact, why are they even there? Make sure you toss all your unhealthy food from your home and start on a clean, healthy slate!
5. PLAN OUT YOUR WEEKLY HEALTHY MENU
So Monday is lettuce wrap night, Tuesday it is turkey tacos on a whole wheat wrap, Wednesday is quinoa and veggies and so on and so on. Create a healthy weekly menu, and this will help you as you go shopping so you can shop for these ingredients while also helping you to stay on the right track to super slim success! Need som ideas? Check out Amanda Meixner aka @meowmeix or Tina Chow aka @fitchickscook for inspo.
6. ALLOW YOURSELF ONE CHEAT MEAL A WEEK
So you have been so good and committed to your healthy eating all week, you go girlfriend! Now it is Saturday night, and you have a dinner invite at your favorite Thai restaurant. Before you decline, remember it is time to allow yourself a cheat meal. (Remeber it's a cheat meal, not a cheat day.) If you are good all week long, it is perfectly okay to celebrate and allow yourself one cheat meal! Savor each bite and enjoy; after all, you earned it!
7. REWARD YOURSELF WITH A NEW FITNESS TOP
If you have been on track all week long, you deserve to celebrate your commitment to change. This is healthy change so celebrate by allowing yourself to shop for a new workout top, shorts or other fitness motivation to inspire you to continue on this path! So with these super-effective tips, follow along. This will make it easier for you to stick with the program to a healthier, leaner and happier you. And you may just rediscover yourself in the process!