Best tips for sticking to your diet – Always plan ahead
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.
Always have a Plan and plan ahead
When it comes to completing any long term goals, it’s always good to have a plan at hand.
Infact, you’ll find most of the world’s highest achievers contribute their success to always being prepared, not only for the regular but for the unexpected.
Most people without proper plans, kinda end up like this….
With regards making any change in your life, the problem is never the start of the change process and usually the change itself is fine once people are on them,
It’s just that life ends up throwing you some curveballs that usually causes you to ditch them before they can take effect.
This is one of the reasons why people never end up reaching their goals in life.
Let’s look specifically how this manifests in a diet situation
Where does not having a plan get you?
First let’s just assume you have no plans what so ever,
you have a picture in a magazine you wish to emulate and just decide to ‘eat healthy’ and go to the gym.
You have no idea how many calories you need
You have no idea how many calories you are eating
You have no idea of the ratio of the macronutriients you need
You have no idea of the ration of macronutruents you are taking in
You have no meal consistency throughout the week
You have no idea of how many calories you are burning throughout the day
You have no idea how many calories you are burning in the gym
So to answer my original question, having no plan gets you no where.
99.99999% of the time, you’ll never get to where you need to be. Only the genetic elite can manage this and if you are looking to lose weight in the first place, then I’m sorry but you’re not one of them.
You’ll play around with this until you get bored, realising you aren’t getting anywhere and go back to your old habits, it will be a complete waste of time.
You will find in general, that successful people plan out their days with as little man made surprises there as possible. Working out what your next day is going to be like so you can plan meals around it is crucial.
For those with regular 9 to 5s, you may only have to do this once.If you need a lot of variety in your meals, have a different meal set up every day of the week or rotate every few days, personally I don’t mind eating the same things during the week but we’re all different.
You will also need to figure out a routine for the weekends as well. Whether this is consistent with your weekday routine is up to you but most people will alter it to cater to their needs
Then you may have to work out contingency plans in advance if you know you are going to be out of your routine but this will be fine as long as you have enough time to prepare for what life has in store for you
Now thjs isn’t to say that you should have all your meals prepped out before hand but you should know what you are roughly going to eat on that day before you wake up. Have it set like a target and reward yourself for sticking with it initially, eventually it will just become second nature and you won’t even have to think about it.
Setting targets for yourself isn’t just great for diets but is great tool if you wish to be highly effective in all walks in life. I highly recommend spending a few minutes before bed planning out your schedule for the next day and seeing if you stick with it,
You’ll quickly find you become more productive and make better use of your time, freeing up a whole lotta time to pursue things you’ve always wanted to.
WIth regards to the basics of making yourself a diet plan, I would re-read part 1 and part 4 of my DIET HARD SERIES which takes you through the structure of creating your own diet meal plans. Links to both are below.
And always remember