If you are fortunate enough to know someone else that wants to lose weight and clean up their eating habits, why not take advantage of that and do your best to help convince him/her to join you. More often than not you will have better odds of sticking to your diet with a friend to eat and compete with. The best thing to do is surround yourself as often as possible with others that also diet and exercise to keep yourself motivated and not feeling like you’re doing something so drastically different than you should be doing.
When living with someone else whether it be your partner or family, for the first few weeks of the diet you will want to do your best to limit your access to unhealthy foods. Try to get them to understand that if it isn’t necessary to them (which it shouldn’t be) to have desserts and fatty foods in the refrigerator or in the closet, that they need to come out. No sense leaving stuff around in plain site that could cause you to relapse back to eating junk food and stop you from ever getting past the three week mental and physical barrier diets can cause. Also do yourself a favor and post up the list of diet foods and schedules (you should have created or obtained this) somewhere in the kitchen and let everyone know how important it is to you to stick to this. That way everyone else around you always remembers not to cook for you and to let you do your own thing. Cook for yourself don’t let someone else screw up your diet because you were too lazy to prepare a meal.
Look into grabbing a dietitian to help you out along the way if you feel you’ll need extra looking after, or just need more help planning out your diet from the beginning. Chances are this won’t be necessary though as you most likely chose a popular diet that has already been well outlined in books that are very easy to follow. If in fact you definitely need more advice along the way, look into joining the many dieting forums and chat rooms all over the web as there will definitely be other dieters willing to give free advice.
Once you finally are able to make a decision of which diet plan you want to follow, getting through those first 2-3 weeks will not be the easiest thing. These few weeks though are crucial to your ability to maintain this diet for a long time, which should be a goal for anyone starting a diet. No sense jumping into something for a few months, just to eventually get bored of it and revert back to your old ways. If you are able to make it to the second or third week you will have noticed a difference in your body and also in the amount of energy you have throughout the day. Your alertness should start to increase, your stomach might already begin to feel lighter, and you could even find yourself needing to sleep less hours at night while concentrating better at school or at your job.
You’ll want to make sure to really get it in your head before your first day of dieting that this is what you are doing for years to come. You can plan on having it change a bit once you hit your weight goal, but even then it has to be a diet that will keep the weight where you want it. So get extremely serious about this, it’s not a game and it might not start off as the most fun thing to do, but you will definitely enjoy it once a few months go by and you see a drastic difference in your overall look and feel. If you can’t make your health one of the most important things in your life (preceded possibly by your children or religion) nothing you try will work because you will constantly let other things get in your way. Have a conversation with anyone who ate their way into diabetes, or heart problems, and see if they don’t immediately go into a rant of how they wished they changed their diet and lifestyle when they had the chance. Any activities that hurt your plans to diet and also any that would be able to prolong your diet including exercise, should be factored in before you start so you can make your life fit into your diet with the minimal amount of stress. Remember the whole reason you started this diet was to bring happiness into your life, not problems.
Go into this with the mindset that nothing is impossible, you can have your body look any way you want it to I don’t care who you are, that’s the great thing about being human we control how we look.
What Diet to Choose?
When it comes down to finally picking out a diet, you could easily find yourself going crazy and wanting to give up before you even start. This is due to the fact that when you are presented by another person be it a family member or a friend, they will always present the diet that worked for them as “the best diet out there” and this is most likely not going to be true for your diet and the goals you are trying to reach.
The most important rule to follow would be do not ever just take someone’s word for it with a diet and jump right in to get started without doing your research first. You could be falling into a situation where you’re not giving your body the nutrients or amount of food you need, which would lead to you possibly being in worse shape than you were before. This simply is because your height, weight (possible pre-existing health conditions), and age, usually aren’t the same as whoever it is that told you about their diet that you “need” to try. The last thing you want to do is start a diet that isn’t catered to your needs whatsoever, not see any results, and then subsequently get it in your head that no diet will ever work in the future because you “tried it already and nothing came of it”. This will happen more often than not unless you do your proper diligence on diets as a whole, and narrow it down to the one that you feel best suits you and your lifestyle. You can’t choose a diet that requires you to eat 7-8 small meals a day if there is no possible way you would have access to food at your job, so don’t bother trying it, there will be plenty of others out there for you to choose with 3-4 meals a day that you would actually be able to follow through with.
After choosing your diet be sure you completely understand what foods to avoid at all costs, because even when you want to cheat on occasion, which will happen, there are some foods and meals you still need to keep yourself away from so you don’t completely erase the positive effects of your diet. Even if you find yourself cheating once or twice on a weekly basis you would still be doing this with semi-healthy food and it wouldn’t equate to much of a negative result.
There are many reasons to consider taking that huge leap into starting a new diet. Countless conditions and diseases stem from overeating and obesity, most could be fatal. Studies show possibly around 10 million Americans, due to their age and weight issues, are at high risk for type 2 diabetes. This form of diabetes may lead to kidney failure, the possible loss of limbs, and even blindness. Diabetes is also a major cause of heart disease and stroke.
Overeating is both the cause, and effect, of mild to serious forms of depression. Your entire life can easily become far more relaxing, with a serious boost of self-confidence, just by getting yourself into a proper diet routine and throwing in a little bit of exercise. Why should you constantly feel disappointed in yourself when you look in the mirror, have your picture taken, go out in public, or even showering. The amount of dedication it takes to stay on a diet plan and maintain a healthy weight, is actually far less than what most overweight people are told, this is what usually keeps them in their never ending cycle of overeating and feeling like there is no way to stop. All it takes is a list of the healthy foods you enjoy eating, and a set schedule every day of when to eat them, after a while this all will come natural without hardly any effort on your part.
The great part about any diet is that as long as you can stick to it for a few weeks, once you notice the results you will most likely be hooked, and not want to stop. Take this example for instance, say you are 25-30 pounds overweight, which is generally a very noticeable amount to you, and your partner if you have one. If you were to commit to a healthy diet starting today, you have a very likely chance of shedding at least 5 pounds in the next 2 weeks. This may not seem like a lot of weight to lose but it’s enough for you to notice a difference when you look in the mirror. Getting to that point alone should give enough motivation to get to the next level, 10 pounds of weight loss, and so on until you have reached the goal you set out to accomplish. If more people were to keep this in mind at the very beginning of their diet, their chances of making it at least 2 weeks would be far greater, and therefore they would also not want to stop.