Sticking to a rigid diet can be difficult for many and if it’s not approached in the right way, you can often burn out and give up. Staying on track with healthy eating doesn’t have to be impossible though. Use these tips and you’ll be well on your way.
The first thing to think about it whether you trapped in emotional eating. It’s usually linked to negative (or even positive) emotion, perhaps a feeling of boredom, sadness, stress or simply a childhood habit. If you can find the trigger that sets off emotional eating, you can look for ways to fulfil or overcome those emotions which will help you stay on track with healthy eating instead of binge eating. If you’re bored, look to start a new hobby, if you’re stressed at work, try to reduce your working hours. All these things will help you to have a more positive outlook and help break the cycle.
Educate yourself on nutrition and portion sizes
We’re no advocates of obsessive calorie counting – it’s time consuming and often inaccurate. Your best bet is to educate yourself on the types of food and their nutritional value. Being aware of what you’re eating helps you to avoid unnecessary calories. Start looking into the things you eat regularly and what you could easily skip. Do you really enjoy that can of coke at lunchtime or a large bowl of pasta right before bed? If you’re used to large portions, try drinking a full glass of water 15 minutes before you eat, and you’ll be feeling full before you start.
Identify the best choices when eating out
Eating out can often be the downfall for many. If it’s an occasionally treat, then you can often let it slide, but if you’re eating out a lot, it’s worth considering the types of dishes you choose. Lots of butter gets slipped into restaurant food, that’s the reason it tastes so good, so picking lighter plates like salads is the best way to stay on track with healthy eating. Alternatively, consider the restaurants you eat at and try to pick healthy, vegetarian restaurants instead.
How to stay motivated with your healthy eating plan
Staying motivated is one of the most important ways to stay on track with your healthy eating. Look into why it is your looking to eat healthily. Maybe you’re trying to lose weight, perhaps you have an illness which requires careful eating, or you could be looking to do an event like a marathon. Once you’re clear on your vision, everything else tends to fall into place.
Build a long-term plan to help you succeed
One of the best ways to help you stay on track with your healthy eating is developing milestones and goals. For example, if you’d like to lose weight, give yourself a timeframe and a goal to beat and track your progress daily. It’s important that you try to build these goals into your everyday life, so like brushing your teeth or setting your alarm, they become just another part of your day. You’ll soon find that you’ll start sub-consciously making decisions that work towards your goals.
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