A diet can be a hell. Every time you start full of motivation and good intentions, a week later you will hit the head after eating a whole bag of chips. It will be easier for one person than the other. But saying that a diet is easy is a dream for many people. We have all had the thought: “I can not sustain a diet!”
You have so much trouble with a diet that you almost start to think that something is wrong with you. Fortunately, that is not the case. You are not the only one who has difficulty with dieting. Everyone can sustain a new diet for a few days. But sustaining a diet for a long period does not work if you do not know what to do.
The consequence, of course, is that all the weight will arrive again. Or worse, you get all the weight plus a little extra.
The 6 reasons why a diet persists sometimes seems impossible
It does not matter what your goal is: losing weight, eating healthier or growing muscles. In all three of you, you must maintain a diet. And that is difficult if you do not know what to do. In this blog I give you 6 tips to keep a diet full. I also tell you what the reasons may be that you can not sustain a diet. The joke is that the reasons can be very diverse. Depending on your personality, you will fall into another category.
1. Dieting tips with unhealthy food?
There has been no time where so many studies have been done about healthy eating. Last year alone, there have been more than 27,000 publications in the field of ‘food’. At the same time, there has never been so much nonsense among mankind. Marketing machines from large companies are running at full speed to give unhealthy food a healthy ‘twist’. This makes a diet persist very difficult. After all, you think you eat healthy but you do not lose an ounce.
Every company wants to sell its products. Unhealthy fruit juices have ‘added vitamin C’. Unhealthy cookies have ‘real pieces of fruit’. Unhealthy desserts have 0% fat … but a lot of added sugars. All these products are unhealthy. No matter what amount you eat it.
These kinds of marketing tricks make it difficult for you to find out what is really healthy. Floor came last with a special story. Someone had told her that Indian cake was healthy (there). It should contain less fat and that will undoubtedly be so.
2. Let your actions speak for you
A famous bodybuilder once said:
“Everybody wants to be a bodybuilder, but nobody wants to lift no heavy-ass weights.”
Everyone wants to have their own company, but nobody is willing to work 60 hours a week. Everyone wants to have abdominal muscles but nobody is willing to train for 2 hours every day and have a strict diet. Everybody wants to lose a few pounds, but nobody is willing to push aside some good food.
If a diet is too difficult for you, you have to ask yourself how much you want it? Now I hear you say “I really want it” . I am glad to hear that. But how does this occur in your behavior?
- Did you hire a personal trainer?
- Did you hire a nutrition coach?
- Have you kicked all the processed products out the door?
- Have you ordered books about healthy foods and actually read them?
If one of the above applies to you, make a good start. With two I can only take you seriously. With three you get an applause;).
3. Find a diet that suits you
Maintaining a diet where you can only eat pizza is easy while maintaining a diet where you can only eat broccoli is difficult. It may sound too simple for words, but “what” you eat makes a lot of difference if you want to keep a diet.
You suddenly have to eat so many different things that you do not really like, that sustaining a diet is made very difficult. Therefore choose a ‘diet’ that contains products that you like. At the same time you also have to realize that you can not keep eating the same products that you always ate. After all, these products have made you fat at first;).
4. Accept the ‘hell-month’
Research shows that it takes an average of 66 days before you learn a new habit. But the spread between people turns out to be incredibly large. Some people can make their own new habit after 18 days. Others need more than 250 days.
What you can conclude from this is that it can take quite a long time to learn a new habit. Two months is not nothing. Especially not for someone who wants to lose weight quickly. And that’s exactly where it goes wrong.
You take hasty decisions to quickly lose weight. In good spirits you decide that you will no longer eat bread. You stop sweating. You do not drink soft drinks and juices anymore. Also no biscuits and snacks.
Before you know it you have a list with many things that are not allowed. You therefore forget to focus on WHAT YOU CAN. In fact, you do not even know what you’re allowed to do. That is because you have quickly thrown everything upside down.
5. Stop walking the easiest way
Floor has already mentioned it before . Crash diets ensure that you lose weight quickly but then your metabolism slows down. Not only does this stop your weight loss after a while but often also your motivation. You see no change. Let alone that you feel miserable because you eat very few calories. Therefore, keeping a crash diet is not realistic. Maintaining a diet is not the intention anyway.
A diet must be something temporary. Something you use to lose just 5 kilos. You can also use a diet to gain weight quickly when you are an athlete. If you do something day in and day out, it is no longer a diet. Then it is a lifestyle.
A ‘good’ diet does not exist
You must therefore adjust your lifestyle. Research shows that people who decide to eat healthy every day regardless of birthdays, public holidays or ‘weekend’ stay thin for much longer. These are people who lost 10% or more of body weight and also kept it off for 5 years. Nowadays most people are happy if they can keep it off for 5 months. These people therefore chose to eat healthy every day. Follow your diet policy do not eat healthy and then ‘enjoy’ life again. Unfortunately, this is what most people do today.