Listen up, this is important.
Changing your diet is a BIG DEAL
When starting a new diet, or making changes to your current diet, you are modifying the fuel your body uses to do literally everything.
We have said this before, and we will say it again: everything your body does takes energy! From exercise to your immune system, even thinking uses energy! This is why the food you use to fuel your body is so very important.
For whatever reason you are starting your diet, whether it be for a fitness competition, just to lose some excess weight, or to feel better all around, it is important to make sure you feel good, on the inside and out.
Sticking to a diet, and dieting safely are two surprisingly difficult endeavors to undertake, so here are a few tips to help!
- Make Small Changes! Especially if you have never changed your diet, or started a diet plan before, make small changes towards your dieting goals even months before you start. For example, if your diet consists of less bread and more vegetables, start slowly cutting out bread in your current diet week by week. Going cold-turkey will increase your chances of binge eating later down the road. Or, if you want to become a vegetarian, try cutting out seafood for a month, then add red meat to the list! Progress as your body adjusts.
- Do You Have a Diet Buddy? Making yourself accountable to someone else will increase your chances of sticking to your diet. If you know you would have to text someone at the end of the day that you had three donuts and a bag of chips, you are less likely to make that decision in the first place. You can also do your diet research together, because it is vital to know exactly what you are about to do to yourself! Make sure your diet is safe, effective, and healthy! Weight loss will happen, health problems are avoidable, (in most cases.)
- Experiment, Experiment, Experiment! We said it three times because it’s important. You need to find what works for you! You are different, physically and chemically than other people, so what works for some people, might not work for you. You need to find a diet that helps keep you fit, full, energetic, and healthy. Your diet needs to fit with specifically your lifestyle. How busy are you? How active are you? How tired are you? These are all important questions you need to ask yourself.
- Eat Enough Food! Like we said earlier, everything you do takes energy, and you need to make sure the diet you are on gives you enough energy to do everything it is that you do! When you just cut out food from your diet, most of the time what you are doing is simply depriving your body of the energy it needs to function and let’s face it…that’s how starvation works. If you want to make a diet that lasts and is healthy, you want to make your body want more fuel, not less.
- Talk to Your Doctor. Yes, changing your diet can be that big of a deal. Take a blood test. You might be low on iron, or b vitamins, and not even be aware. You could change your diet and unwittingly cut out your supply of a certain vitamin or mineral and cause yourself serious health problems down the road. If you are not sure, talk to a professional.
Be smart, be safe, work hard and don’t give up! A successful diet can make you feel leaner, more energetic, and actually make you more productive!
“If you set goals and go after them with all the determination you can muster, your gifts will take you places that will amaze you.”