Whether you are trying to lose or maintain your current weight or you simply want to following healthy eating habits, sticking to your diet at the beginning of the year will play a huge role in determining your success. Changing your diet is easy, however, sticking by the new changes the whole year is usually challenging to most people. If you have just made a New Year resolution that you want to observe healthy eating habits, you need to be realistic and discipline enough in order to stick by it. So have you made diet changes and you are wondering what you should do to stick by it? If yes then today you have just landed at the right place because in this article, we are going to give you proven tips on how to stick to your diet at the beginning of the New Year.
1. Plan ahead
The reason why most people are usually not able to stick by their new diet at the beginning of the New Year is because of making drastic changes. Making drastic changes will actually work against you. If you are planning to make changes on your diet, it is very important to plan head so that you can have clear strategies on how you will implement your new changes. When planning ahead, it is also very important to come up with a mission and vision of what you are planning to achieve from your new diet. When you come up with a good plan, you will be able to stay discipline even when temptation to slide back bites. For instance, if you have been invited to a party and you have developed a diet plan, you will eat a healthy meal before leaving the house and drink water at the party. However if you don’t have a plan, you will leave your house hungry, a factor that will make you eat meals that are not included in your diet. It is therefore very important to always plan ahead.
2. Make realistic goals
When making diet changes at the beginning of the New Year, you need to ensure that those changes are realistic. For instance, it is not realistic to change from eating three large meal a day to eating only one small meal a day. You will find yourself straining and eventually you may end up abandoning your new diet change. It is therefore very important to make diet changes that are realistic and one that you are sure that you can abide by it. When making changes in your meals, don’t changes everything at once, instead, make progressive changes to give your body time to adjust to the new diet plan.
3. Don’t skip
If you have just made new diet plan, you need to stay away for things that will make you skip. Skipping your diet from time to time will slowly bring back your old eating habits. Once you have made a new resolution, you need to be discipline enough to abide by the new plan. Even if the going gets tough, don’t slide back to your old eating habits. Just remind yourself whey you made changes to your diet, and how it will impact on you overall health in the long run. When faced with the temptation to skip, just remind yourself the long term benefits that you will achieve if you strictly follow your new diet plan.
4. Reward yourself
No matter what you are trying to achieve from your new diet plan, the fact is that sticking by it will not be a walk in the park. Your hard work should therefore not go unnoticed. Reward yourself by giving yourself little treats that will help keep your spirits and motivation up. However, you should not get into the habit of treating yourself things that will compromise your new diet because it will actually slow you down. Just reward yourself with things that makes you feel good like going to a yoga class on a fancy studio that you really love or taking a bubble bath.
5. Surround yourself with good people
The people that you surround yourself with will determine if you are going to abide by new diet plan or not. If you surround yourself with friends and family members who share the same then you will have an easy time sticking by it. However, if you surround yourself with people who don’t understand what you want achieve with your new diet changes, they will discourage you and in the long run, you may end up giving up. It is therefore very important to surround yourself with people who share the same vision as yours so that you can support each other especially during that period when you feel like giving up.
6. Keep track of your new habits
Although many people usually overlook this tip, tacking is a super useful technique that can help you solidify your new diet changes. Having a proof of your hard work will not only make you feel really good but will also provide accountability which will motivate you to keep going.
7. Make new eating habits convenient
It is very important to be realistic if you want to stick to your diet. In most cases, the reason why you are not able to stick by your diet is because we usually schedule them at a time that is not convenient. If you want to abide by your diet this year, you have to make it easy and convenient. For instance, if you have just made new changes on your diet, it is important that you prepare your new meals and make them convenient for you to access the food and try as much as possible to avoid stocking junk foods on your fridge.
8. Put it on schedule
If your new diet is not on your schedule, then you are going to struggle to implement it. Just because you have written your new diet on your to do list doesn’t actually mean that you are doing it. You have to create time for it and not schedule anything else during that period. Creating a routine will also help speed up habit building process.