How to stick to your diet using these 4 golden rules

So, you’ve got a dad bod or a mummy tummy and you’re trying to shift some weight.
You keep seeing all these Facebook posts from Karen (the self-proclaimed food guru) advertising her new flavors of “diet” coffees that help you lose 10 pounds in a week! But, you’re not quite convinced or even worse, you’re wise to the lavatory enforcing liquids, if you know what I mean. So, you head to the “trusted” sources of the internet for some advice.
The first recipe you come across that claims to help you lose a ridiculous amount of weight in such little time, consists of:
  • Flying pigs tails
  • Kale
  • Manuka honey
  • Sweet potato
  • Turmeric
  • Kimchi
You think to yourself, kimchi! That’s really hard to find especially at a good price…
okay, maybe the flying pig tails might be the tricky thing to find but, it would be cool if it was real and they helped you lose weight, right?
NO! Because you’re not looking for a diet that you lose weight really quickly and then put double back on because you can’t stick to the demands of what you are supposed to eat, you want something that sticks!
The aim of this article isn’t to entice you into trying any sort of diet, it’s actually quite the opposite, instead we’re trying to help you change your mindset on what “healthy eating” actually is and how you can have a diet that suits you best.
So, if you struggle to stick to a diet plan that you have set yourself and want to learn how you can do so, keep reading!
As we said earlier, there are a lot of weight loss programs and healthy eating guidance's out there, from keto to 30 day vegan, meatless Mondays to the carnivore diet and last but certainly not least, energy boosting smoothies to Karen’s coffee’s.
All of these lifestyle changes have good intentions and even some scientifically backed evidence… well, apart from Karen, she just wants her pyramid scheme profits. All of these diets claim to be the best for you to the point that some people get preached to on their own door step about why they should convert to a new diet but, the thing is, they can’t all be the best can they? There should only be one unanimous winner, right?
Well, the thing is, all diets are going to say that they’re the best but, the truth is that there can’t be just one diet that fits all. We all have different nutritional requirements to perform at our optimal level! We have allergies, intolerance's and sometimes we just don’t like the food that is being offered yet, we feel guilty for not eating it because we’re promised that if we put ourselves through the discomfort, we’ll be as strong as an ox and as fit as a fiddle for the rest of our lives.
It’s also very confusing because one “professional” says one thing is the best for you, yet another has a totally different opinion, leaving you unsure on how to properly look after your body, this often leads to people just giving up and eating junk food for the rest of their life because they don’t know no better.
The thing that you should take from this is that we are all different and what works for someone else might not work for you.
A tiger feasts on a delicious deer to get the nutrients it needs, whereas leaves are the favorite thing to eat for our long-necked friends.
So, what diet is best for you?
If all other known organisms on the planet have one, why don’t you?
Instead of looking for the next fad diet, you should be trying to change your lifestyle to a healthier one. There are no short cuts to weight loss, you’re going to have to put the effort in.

So, let me ask you this question before we start, do you want to:

A. Lose weight?

Or

B. Have a short-term win, but then plummet back into your old lifestyle choices and pile the weight back on?

If you chose A great, you’re on the right track to loosing weight the right way and you can learn how by reading the information below! If you chose B, sadly you haven’t got the right mindset to change at the moment, but don’t worry, by clicking here you can learn how to get rid of your bad habits and swap them for ones that work and will help you change your life for good!

The 4 golden rules on how to stick to your diet.

Now that you understand that there is no one diet that will work for everyone and you need to find out which one will work for you, there is four components that you should consider before jumping into a toxic relationship with your health.

Below you will find the 4 principles that will help you stay on your diet and enjoy it all at the same time, you won’t have to work too hard for your diet, instead, it will work for you.

1.) sustainable diets are the ones that work

A diet shouldn’t be an unimaginable task to complete, using all your will power, leaving you down in the dumps. Instead of having something so restrictive you should look for a diet that allows you to do all the things you used to do and not feel like you are putting tremendous amounts of effort in.

You should still be able to enjoy dinner time with friends and family, go to the shops and not have to put things back because you can’t afford them and you should be enjoying the food that you are making.

Even if you somehow lose a bit of timber from one of them horrible weight loss programs, it’s likely that you are causing harm to your body and you’ll probably go back to your old ways after a few months or even weeks. This occurs when you are on the renowned yo-yo diet that everyone seems to be on.

Rather than cutting all of the bad food out of your diet in one, slowly eliminate the foods that you know aren’t good for you, remember, this isn’t a sprint, it’s a marathon. You can also introduce healthy ingredients to replace the foods you use to eat, you don’t need to go crazy either, buying kombucha and ghee, small steps are better than no steps.

By having a diet you can keep up with it will make it easier for you to keep on it, making it feel like a part of your life and not needing immense amounts of will power.

2.) you need your diet to be nutritious

One of the problems with these fad diets is that they might make you lose weight but, it’s because they are so restrictive leaving you very malnourished and they can even cause long-term health problems.

They lack in many essential vitamins and minerals and also they usually exclude at least one macronutrient eg; fats, carbohydrates or protein's. Leading to you being deficient in certain areas.

You need all the macronutriens, iron, calcium, omega-3s and much much more!

Unfortunately, many leading “health” brands are filling their products with ingredients that aren’t nutritionally dense and in some cases things that can be very bad for you over time yet, they leave you wanting more.

The main culprit is sugar, with many new studies suggesting that it is highly addictive. It also has many disguise’s so, it is important to read the labels carefully.

As we said in the first rule for choosing your new diet, it is important for you to be able to sustain so, although it’s not my preferred diet, here’s a link to what the NHS recommends you to eat.

3.) you need to burn more calories than you eat

The number one rule if you want to loose weight is that you need to have a calorie deficit, this means that you need to burn more calories than you consume through food, this is usually done through exercise as it’s one of the most efficient ways of burning calories.

Don’t try and be clever thinking that you should eat less, but not do any form of exercise, stop being so lazy! Instead, maybe skip on the packet of crisps but, don’t make that your excuse for not having enough energy for some moderate exercise, concentrate on filling up your body with the right fuel in accordance with your daily activity. You may want to buy yourself a Fitbit charger 3 to track your calories.

4.) they fit your lifestyle

did you know that the word diet comes from the Greek word diaita meaning way of living!

Your lifestyle plays a key role in your weight loss goals and that’s why it is so important to find a program that suits you best. For an example if you’re a bodybuilder you will probably be needing more calories than the average couch potato.

You may need to change your diet if you have any allergies or intolerance’s as your health is one of the fundamentals of life.

I think the best way to find the diet that fits your lifestyle the best is by experimenting as you know what works the best for you!

I would like to clarify that I am not a nutritionist and this advice is what I have learnt and experienced myself. If you would like to undergo a weight transformation I would highly recommend you speak to a professional who is capable of helping you reach your goals.
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