Seven Simple Ways to Stick to Your Diet
When I say the word “diet” I’m simply referring to your healthy eating plan which allows you to lose weight or maintain a healthy physique. I’m certainly not an advocate of calorie deprivation diets or anything that sacrifices your health in order to lose weight. For the most part, my online and studio clients don’t even count calories, but instead just focus on eating good quality and natural whole food sources.
I have to say, though, that everyone’s busy schedules and “on the run” lifestyle can often make it difficult to stay on track with your diet.
This often leads to cheat meals or snacks, which can seriously limit your ability to burn body fat and achieve your ideal physique. Many people don’t believe that they are cheating all that much throughout the day, but a little bit here and there all add up to a lack of results.
This can obviously be frustrating and discouraging when it comes to sticking with your weight loss program, and that’s why I recommend the seven simple ways to stick with a healthy diet that I use for myself and my clients.
1. Carry a small bag of almonds or a healthy protein bar with you wherever you go. You can put them in your coat pocket, your bag or even in your pants pocket.
2. Keep a natural Greek yogurt or other snack at work so that you don’t have to hit the vending machine or candy bowl when you get hungry between meals.
3. Put a sealed pack of nuts in your car’s glove compartment. This will act as a “fail safe” for when you get stuck on the road and your only other alternative is fast food.
4. Eat at regular intervals to combat any “lows” thought the day. I recommend eating your main meals at 7:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m., and your small snacks at 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.
5. Try to eat lean protein, good fat and fiber (vegetables, etc.) at each meal to keep you feeling fuller longer.
6. Keep protein powder packets at work, home and in your bag so that you can add it to a water bottle (you should always have a water bottle handy) and shake it up as needed.
7. Try to pre-plan your day the night before and figure out when and what you will be eating. This will help you stay on track and not get sidelined by unhealthy distractions.
As you can see, all of these simple steps can be achieved through a little prep work by always having a healthy snack/meal with you. By taking these healthy actions, you will not choose a sugary alternative that will only leave you hungrier later after the blood sugar surge has worn off…at which point you may end up cheating again to pick yourself back up. And of course, you should be drinking water throughout the day to stay hydrated, full of natural energy and staving off hunger. (But that goes without saying, right?)
I hope these seven simple steps will help you stick to your diet, and if you think this article could help someone else, just forward it along to them!
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Stephen Cabral is a world renowned body transformation expert and was voted 2011 “Personal Trainer of the Year.” He is the author of 2 books and has published over 1,200 articles on health, fitness, and nutrition. Stephen and his team train out of their private Boston personal trainer center, Stephen Cabral Studio, and online at StephenCabral.com.