Have you reached a diet plateau that you can’t break through? Are you gaining weight even though you’re dieting?
Here are 3 diet tips to restart your weight loss, no matter what diet plan you use.
Diet Tip #1: Focus.
When you want to lose weight, make only one change to your weight loss program at a time. That way, you won’t become overwhelmed by making too many changes at once.
The key to weight loss is calories. Everything else is a distant second.
Depending on your diet plan, focus on getting your calories or portions under control through diet only. The specific foods you eat don’t matter that much, unless you have a medical problem that requires a special diet.
At this point, you just want to get your weight loss started again. That’s why you focus on diet first.
Keep working on calories or portion control until it’s a habit you no longer think about.
Then move on to the next thing you want to change. Again, focus on it until it becomes routine.
Whether your second goal concerns an exercise program or eating only certain types of food, just make one change at a time.
The more automated each step becomes, the more likely you are to succeed on your diet.
Diet Tip #2: Overcome Your Major Weaknesses.
Most people have only 1 or 2 major diet weaknesses. We seem to fail on our diets for the same reason every time.
You may convince yourself it’ll be different this time, but it usually isn’t.
To greatly increase your chance for weight loss success, I recommend you turn your 1 or 2 major weaknesses into strengths.
You can do this by indulging your weaknesses.
For example, if you like to snack at night, don’t fight it.
Instead, schedule a satisfying snack or two for the evening hours. That way, you won’t fail on your diet plan by snacking at night.
Or suppose you crave a certain food, like chocolate. Then put chocolate in your diet in satisfying amounts. That way, you won’t go off your weight loss plan because you love chocolate.
What if your weaknesses are snacking at night AND eating chocolate?
Simple. Just schedule a chocolate snack for night.
It’s an easier way to succeed with weight loss than fighting against your cravings.
Because the more you can’t have something, the more you want it until you become absolutely obsessed. So if you indulge a weakness, the obsession usually evaporates and you overcome it.
But concentrate on your major weaknesses only. If you like to snack at night, don’t worry about the morning if that’s not a problem. Don’t insist on eating only “healthy” foods if you still crave sweets.
Stay focused on what will help you the most.
That way, you’ll get the maximum benefit from minimal effort.
Diet Tip #3: Have A Specific Troubleshooting Plan.
If you know you ate too much during the week, then you know why you gained weight that week.
But what if you think you’re doing everything right and you still can’t lose weight for two weeks or more? Do you know what to do?
Your diet provider should give you specific troubleshooting suggestions, tips on which ones to try first, and exactly what to do if none of them work.
It’s not right for someone to tell you to just keep doing what you’re doing. Especially when it’s not working.
So if you can’t figure out the problem yourself, contact your diet provider and insist they help you.
Don’t blindly jump from diet to diet hoping something will work. It might seem to work for a week or two, but then you’ll probably end up in the same situation.
If your diet provider won’t help you, look for one who will.
Important Disclaimer: This information is presented for educational purposes only. This isn’t medical advice and it’s not a substitute for any advice or treatment from your physician. You should always see your doctor before starting any new diet or changing an existing one.
Copyright (c) 2007 Debbie Fontana