Every once in a while you will start a diet and suddenly feel like you have failed. I’ve gone through this, as have all of my friends. And there is a reason why we are always judging ourselves and feeling that we aren’t capable of following a diet and losing weight: unrealistic expectations.
Research published by BBC shows that most people look for the fastest, easiest results, even though most of the times they are unsustainable in the long run or simply impossible to achieve from a scientific standpoint. Focus on a lifestyle change, not only after holidays or before that event that is coming up. When you’re comfortable about your goals and you’re feeling good about your habit changes, the chances of feeling disappointed will decrease significantly.
While researching to write this text, I found a quote by Henry Ford (I’m not 100% sure that he actually said that, but the message caught my attention): “Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.” And I do think he is right. Take the opportunity to start over and this time do it even better.
The following three tips are based on the things that you are doing right, rather than what you’ve done wrong, because focusing on feeling guilty will only create a vicious circle of negativity. Start by staying calm, keep it cool and at last but not least, don’t give up.
Take a deep breath. Falling off your diet isn’t the end of the world and, as I said before, it’ll happen to everyone at least once. The critical thing to do here is not to give up completely and understand it is a journey, not a race. This means it’s normal and expected to have ups and downs along the way. Something that you can do to compensate is exercising a few minutes longer than usual, or maybe just go for a walk or run. I’m sure that, besides burning the extra calories, you’ll end up feeling much better about yourself.
Don’t worry if you forgot to plan your meal today, even on our 3-Week Weight Loss Plan (read more here) it is ok to have a “cheat meal” at least once during that period. Don’t feel as you need to deprive yourself of all the foods you like, just remember that you are reaching a healthier life and it requires replacing a few type of foods with healthier options. It’s all about balance.
Stop pushing yourself so hard. Be kind to yourself and your body. With a positive mind, you’ll feel able to do amazing things, even those you thought were impossible. Remember that each day is a new opportunity to start afresh and succeed. Lifesum can help you with your objectives and make you feel more confident in reaching your goals!
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