Best tips to stick to your diet – Don’t rely on food alone for your calorie deficit
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.
Don’t rely on food alone for your deficit
I know this entire series has gone into great detail about the importance of food but create a calorie deficit does not necessarily mean eating less, it can mean doing more, or more likely, a combination of both.
Increasing your activity levels may just end up being a psychological thing but it does work wonders. I know it’s easy to plug numbers into a nutrition calculator, write all your meals out based on this and then think
Wooopie doo, I’m doing what’s necessary
To be honest, going by food alone makes it alot harder to hit those restricted calorie numbers and still feel good throughout the day. Also, the less you eat, the less you wanna do, so your output is gonna be noticeably reduced if unchecked, thus reducing your deficit. This is the opposite of what we want.
If you force yourself to at least be active (above and beyond normal) for a small part of the day, you will make sure that there is a deficit there you can work with, without completely decimating your eating habits straight away.
It can also spruce you up if done at the right time, I know when I exercised or ran early in the mornings, I felt much better during the day. I suppose I was emotionally charged and ready to take on the world at full force.
You know what that means, being more active and burning more calories. Double win.
While some methods are better than others (and I will quantify this in my exercise section when I get to it), It doesn’t necessarily matter what it is you do to raise your activity level, it’s up to you but it is best to be able to quantify how many additional calories you’ve burnt throughout the day, so you can balance it with regulating your food intake.
You can use the myfitnesspal app in order to determine roughly how many calories you would burn doing an activity so you can use it to calculate your deficit.
Seriously, it’s the app of the future. It’d bone your wife and adopt your daughter if you left them all alone for long enough.