Plans seem to rarely work out for a lot of us. You put a lot into the planning process; you get amped up and ready to follow through. But, before you know it, you’re doing something completely different for whatever reasons. This is one of the biggest reasons that most diets end up failing – you had a plan but just couldn’t stick to it. And what’s even worse: some people decide to enter into a diet without any plan of attack at all. They fly by the seat of their pants.
Before you start on a diet regimen, it’s important that you plan it out accurately enough so that it’s easy to stay on course. Oh, you think this is easier said than done? Well, that’s because it is. A diet of any type, if expected to work, is going to be a lifestyle change. For this, you need the will power to stick to the plan.
The best in this: the better the plan, the easier time you’ll have in your dieting, so always working to craft the right course of attack pays off a lot better than taking things as they come.
Let’s talk about how to plan your diet out first.
Now, a lot of people think of “planning” as simply working on a dietary schedule/menu. They’ll write down all the foods they’re supposed to eat, X off the ones they’re not, and then assume the dieting process will somehow work itself out.
This is a dreadfully wrong approach to planning. What safety measures do you have in place? Have you set any milestones for yourself? Have you thought about how to avoid temptation?
- It’s important that you go through a purging process before starting any diet. During the initial planning process, literally rid your kitchen of white flours, processed sugars, canned soups and stews, freezer meals, or any other type of processed foods or junk foods. Get rid of your fatty butters and oils, too, and make sure you’re replacing everything with healthy options.
The best way to remove temptation is to remove temptation. If you don’t have it in your kitchen, then you’ll be far less likely to slip up and eat it.
- Next, let’s speak about planning your menus out. Not only do you want to plan out what you’ll be eating, but you’ll want to do ample research and find out about some new recipes, some new ingredients, and even some new cooking techniques. By making things creative and actually fun in the kitchen, you’ll want to stick to this diet more.
Throughout the planning process, it also helps if you give yourself a “break” from the health food after a certain goal is reached. Now, this isn’t about pigging out on pizza. But eating a low fat cupcake every Sunday if you stick to your plan makes your plan a little more worth sticking to.
Be thorough in your planning and make sure you’re in the best position you can be in to achieve success in your dieting. Don’t take this step lightly; it’s incredibly important.