The Best Diet Tips are the Ones that Help You Enjoy the Change!
Nothing matters more to your success with a diet—any diet—than your ability to keep up with the rules. Perfect compliance to a dubious diet will give far greater returns than haphazard compliance with a theoretically ‘perfect’ diet; there’s a lot at work there, but it mostly comes down to forming the right habits and thinking about food the right way. So once you know that compliance reigns supreme over dietary outcomes, it’s time to figure out how to stick to a plan without deviation, distraction, or cheats. Here are some diet tips you can use to stick with it.
Motivation is Key
When your motivation fails, dietary compliance goes out the window. Why put yourself through the discomfort of dietary restraint, once motivation fails? Why not enjoy that piece of cake, that cookie, that soda? If you can’t keep a strong sense of motivation, no amount of knowledge or combination of tricks will keep you honest, so make sure you remind yourself regularly of why you’re suffering, what you’re gaining, and why it’s all worth it.
Eating is supposed to be pleasurable, even on a diet—don’t think otherwise. Even the harshest, strictest, weirdest diets have room to enjoy yourself. Take your time with each bite, savor the flavor of your favorite meals, and experiment with ways to change things up and make them tastier without sacrificing health. If you can’t enjoy eating on a diet, compliance simply isn’t going to happen.
Sometimes dietary compliance falls apart simply because we didn’t keep accurate records. A low carb diet doesn’t work if you’re accidentally eating double your limit out of inattention. Controlling caloric intake is pointless if your numbers are inaccurate, your estimates too small, your guesses all wrong. Utilize the many, many, many tools available for counting nutrients, calories, and other food stats, and give yourself the data you need to comply.
Don’t Stress Perfection
Compliance is vital, perfection in all things is not. A diet doesn’t need to be the perfect combination of foods imaginable, and letting yourself slip because you’ve let doubt creep in is worse than sticking to a sub-par diet. If you must change diets or reconfigure your eating, do it after a fixed amount of time, not at whim. Otherwise you chase fads with zero conviction, zero commitment, and, in all likelihood, zero compliance.
The final tool for keeping compliance up: making yourself accountable. To yourself, to your social groups, to anyone and anything you can. Build a situation with real consequences for failure, the more immediate the better. A social group to hold your feet to the fire when you slip up can be a critical tool in maintaining compliance and making a diet work—don’t limit this to online groups, either, make sure your friends know what you’re up to and when they should say something. A little bit of friendly teasing about breaking the rules of your diet might be just the thing to keep you on your toes and within the bounds. There are a litany of diet tips out there, but nothing works better than learning to enjoy the changes