Best tips for sticking to your diet – Take note of snacking and meal preparation

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.


Take a note of how you are preparing your meals and snacking

Does any of this sound familiar in your day to day meal preparation and lifestyle?


  • A lob of butter to cook your eggs,
  • A splash of oil to cook your veggies in,
  • Three tea or coffee with milk and two sugars
  • A generous serving of gravy,
  • A packet of crips at work
  • That lovely mint sauce,
  • The chocolate sauce on top of that chocolate cake.
  • Those extra couple of biscuits,
  • The left over bits and bobs from the kid’s meal.
  • The odd glass of wine after a stressful day at work.
  • A couple of biscuits while the commercials are on
  • The beer while watching the game with the guys.
  • Half a bottle of sweet chilli sauce over your take away prawn crackers or popadoms


These are usually the secret small bits that most people don’t take into account when they first start sizing their meals and calorie counting.



A little off here and there, consistently over all your courses for all your meals and all your snacks can really end up setting you back when you think you are actually being good.

So if you are likely to do this, just record it in you diet log or myfitnesspal account and compensate for everything.

Take some time to measure out all your  extra ingredients before you start so you know exactly where you are and you’re not likely to deviate from it.

Also try and learn how to flavour your foods without covering them in rich sauces and cheeses. The use of herbs and spices can work wonders without adding anything significant to your intake