For most of us, there is some sort of awakening that causes us to make a significant change in the way we eat. Whether it is a health issue or that we want to gain or lose weight, we start looking at what we are eating as the possible starting point of our transformation. We are convinced that this time it will be different.
How many times have you started a diet, only to have it fail? Some of us even lose weight for a while but then “fall off the wagon” and retreat to our old ways. It’s hard to break free of former habits and adapt to a new way of thinking. But that’s exactly what it takes to successfully lose weight. It requires a conspiracy of the mind and body. Your old way of doing things must change, you can’t indulge in sugary foods and fat-laden comfort foods if you really want to make a permanent change in your weight.
Now that’s not saying that you can’t have a treat every now and then, but if your past eating ways have included a milk shake every day, you know that type of eating behavior has got to change. You may have to gradually taper back from eating sugary or fatty foods. But by making a decision each and every day to cut back or cut out certain foods, you are positioning yourself for success.
Actively thinking about the choices that you make engages your mind to take ownership of this whole concept of dieting. This is the only way that you can succeed. The way that you think about dieting and exercising, whether you approach it with trepidation or with enthusiasm, can be real factors that determine your success.
Planning your daily or weekly foods will keep the connection between mind and body. Impulse foods can wreck your diet plan in just a few meals. Eating 5 to 6 smaller meals every day will ensure that you are never hungry and will keep you from making choices based on your sugar level or hormone fluctuation.
If you are really serious about your diet, consider keeping a journal of your daily foods and exercise. It has been proven that people who write everything they eat, drink and all of their daily activities in a journal have a greater chance of success than those who do not. It’s a great way to stay accountable to yourself and after all that’s what dieting is all about.