Eating the right food is a crucial part of your weight loss journey. And for most of us, this means parting ways with our favorite foods—those that remind us of the old saying, “a moment on the lips, forever on the hips!”
If you love eating out because you don’t have time to cook, or binge-eat on over-processed snacks during your weekend movie night, there are some big changes that need to be made.
However, as much weight loss information as there is out there, it’s very common for some advice to become very popular, even if it’s not backed up by facts. This is why we should be careful not to start popular diets without asking ourselves some important questions first.
Here are some things to be mindful of when taking that courageous first step to a healthy lifestyle!
What are your goals?
Having clearly defined goals is the key to success for any new change you want to bring into your life. Making sure they are realistic is also important, because you want to begin with a mindset that is focused on adding value to your life, rather than depriving yourself.
Instead of thinking of a diet as something that doesn’t allow you to eat certain things, focus on the healthier alternatives you get to eat.
Moreover, set a timeline for yourself; there’s nothing wrong with starting small. Some of us have a hard time planning for the long-term, so giving yourself just two weeks, in the beginning, is okay.
Are you working out as well?
Exercising regularly is going to help you reach your weight loss goals more holistically. It will also impact your diet because you need to eat high-carb foods to get a boost of energy for your workout. If you’re planning on doing low-intensity workouts, make sure you’re not overloading on high-fat foods such as nuts because you won’t be able to burn them easily.
Will you be able to eat your favorite foods?
Think about what you love eating and ask yourself if you can manage it with portion control. This will help you practice a healthy lifestyle without feeling like you’re missing out on things that bring you joy.
Maybe you can even consider restricting it to a cheat meal for the week. To discuss your goals and meal plan options in length, you can become a member and we can help you outline your goals in detail.
Are there people joining you on this journey?
Starting a new lifestyle can be isolating, but if the people around you are on this journey with you, it can be empowering. There is more accountability for all of us that way, and if we slip up, we don’t have to be so hard on ourselves. It can also be very illuminating because we get to learn more as part of a community.
Keep checking in with yourself and listen to your body to see what makes you feel good and what doesn’t. Once we are more in tune with ourselves, it’s easier to not force ourselves to do things.
Diet Rite Systems knows and understands that each person’s journey and body can react in different ways to a weight loss program. We are a community of individuals who want to support each other by giving healthy diet advice. You can become a member too! For more information, you can contact us.