Best tips for sticking to your diet – Keep a diet and fitness log
No one likes the idea of a diet and because of this, many people falter on their way to getting their dream bodies. Even when armed with all the right information, it’s still very easy to get discouraged about the whole thing and quit.
So here are a couple of things I’ve found that will help you stick with it.
You may not need all of them but some might scream out to you as a good idea and if that’s all it takes to keep you on path, that’s good enough.
Use myfitnesspal.com to keep a dieting log.
To put this into context, this is probably the most serious piece of advice I can give you.
I do not know anyone who has made a life changing amount of weight loss (literally entering their best physique possible) without the use of a diet log of some kind.
Anyone who wants to shift a significant amount of weight will need to have a recorded log of their progress somewhere.
Physically putting information down is a key way of monitoring the impact it has on your life. It also keeps you motivated as you’ll be able see your progression from day dot, if you are ever feeling down in the dumps.
While I’ve never personally used it (I’m not a tech heavy individual, my phone has a 15 year old design), I’ve heard that one of the best ways of doing this in this modern era is via the myfitnesspal apps and website (click the picture for ze link).
Seriously, this site will make your life ten times easier when you are going through this journey.
You can simply scan in the barcodes of your average weekly shop and immediately have all the nutrition information there for you to utilise and keep you on track.
You’ll also have the information stored away in your favourites so you don’t have to keep putting it in.
If you are taking a flexible dieting strategy, it’ll also help you track and map your daily calorie and macronutrient intake so you always know what numbers you have left to hit throughout the day.
I know a lot of people also try and cook things from recipe books and without any real calorie guidelines, this could end up drastically over shooting their requirements for that meal.
By putting the ingredients into myfitness pal before you even start, you not only know how many calories are in a portion size but you know exactly how big a portion size should be.
Finally you have this information stored there indefinitely.
My fitnesspal can also help track your exercise and calculate how much of a deficit you should be getting, over an exercise and duration range. This lets you also take into account your increased activity level in obtaining your daily deficit rather than just using food to calculate it.
This website is a seriously powerful tool here for the tech savvy members of our society and a great way to keep you on track at all times.
If not, just do what I do and keep a diary, whether it’s on your computer or a physical copy but write down as much as you can.The more you note, the more variables you’re aware of and can manipulate down the line.