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When we commit ourselves to a diet, it’s important to take it slow and ease into it. Trying to do too much in a short amount of time ultimately ends with us gorging chocolate bars in a sad moment of defeat. To help you out, we came up with a list of recommendations for staying on the right track – or should we say the “diet” track.
Baby Steps –
Rome wasn’t built in a day – neither is a healthy lifestyle. We like to incorporate healthy habits slowly. What do we mean by this? During the first week of our new lifestyle, we might cut out junk food and sugary drinks. Week two, we add in going to the gym for 30 minutes twice a week. Afterward, we might spend a week or two adjusting before we add anything else to our plate. We’ve found that this smooth upward flow produces the best results.
Balance is Reward –
We’re human, so there’s going to be a moment (probably around 3 pm on a Tuesday afternoon) where you’re going to crave something salty or sweet. It’s okay to indulge, occasionally! Snack smart and balance treats with healthy options. For example, if your coworker surprises the office with donuts for breakfast, only eat half and be sure to stay on track the rest of the day. Maybe even throw in a 10-minute power walk during lunch.
Motivation Nation –
Staying motivated is key to staying on track. We need to remind ourselves why we’re pursuing a healthier lifestyle each time we curse the number reflected on the scale. For us, making a mood board is the way to go. Include quotes from those you look up to, photos of where you’d like to go or what you’d like to do once you achieve your goal. You can even include outfits that you can’t wait to wear. A simple daily alarm with a message, “don’t give up; you got this,” could be all you need to remind yourself that the change you are making is for the better.
Starving Like Marvin –
Want to know one thing that can ruin progress in minutes flat? Being hungry! When we starve, our bodies go into panic mode. From an evolutionary standpoint, our body is preparing for the worst – to never be fed again. This means it holds on to every little bit of fat we have. Our advice is to never get hungry. Yup, you read that right. We make sure to have some sort of healthy snack every 2-3 hours. The steady influx of protein and nutrients convinces our bodies that we aren’t on the brink of starvation and allows us to burn fat more effectively.
Keep It On The Low
Many people go on a diet and begin letting the world know every time they hit the gym, every single thing they ate that day and how many minutes they did on the treadmill. Don’t be that guy/girl! First reason, it irritates those in our social groups. Second, it sets an unrealistic expectation for those following our progress and finally, it sets us up for embarrassment if we fall off the wagon. We shouldn’t rely on others knowing we are on a diet to stick to our goal. It’s better to keep a health journal, track progress using a FitBit or smartphone or simply take progress pictures along the way. This way when we reemerge on social media looking better than ever we can watch everyone’s jaws drop.