All diets start with the best of intentions. It’s in the days that follow where the unraveling occurs. In order to lose weight, you’re going to have to figure out a method for sticking to a diet. Some motivational tactics that can work include having a support network firmly in place, not depriving yourself, and keeping tabs on yourself.
A support network is crucial as dieting alone is much more difficult. Sharing the challenges as well as the successes with fellow dieters at your local gym, at Weight Watchers, or even online can greatly increase your odds of success.
Don’t deprive yourself or you’ll never be able to stay the course. For example, if you love ice cream, don’t swear it off for the rest of your life. That’s deprivation. Instead, think “moderation.” Have a single scoop at the local Baskin Robbins every Friday night. Buying one scoop at a time will keep you from devouring a whole carton in a weak moment and you’ll have something to look forward to all week.
You can keep tabs on yourself with a diet journal. Writing down what you eat makes you accountable for every bite you put into your mouth. When you hold yourself accountable, you’re much more likely to stay on track.
Don’t just start out with good intentions – stay the course. Gather your support system, go for moderation rather than deprivation, and keep tabs on yourself with a diet journal.