With thousands of different diets and millions of obese people, you have to ask yourself, what are we doing wrong?
I’ve seen the commercials, I know that my boyfriend’s friend managed to lose a lot of weight, and even that fat cow from nursery looks amazing, so why can’t I do the same?
Of course, this was just an example, but questions like these bother most people and lead to depression and gaining even more weight. However, luckily for us, there’s a simple explanation.
There is no such thing as a perfect diet! We all have different expectations, goals, cravings and motivation, and therefore saying that 1 diet should work for everyone would be a mistake. And although there are many people telling you what to eat and what not to eat, maybe it’s time to get serious and create something you can stick to your whole life. And that is what I call an ideal diet.
But before we even start sticking to a diet, we first need to create one. In order to do that, we need to know the key things about ourselves and prepare us for the success. It’s time for some self-reflection and here are 8 questions that are waiting for a response.
1. How many meals per day do you prefer to eat?
Your meal frequency is important in designing the eating schedule and dividing calories accordingly. If you don’t have the time to eat 6 times per day, or hate having small meals, then you should take that into consideration before creating a healthy diet.
2. How much time can you spend on food preparation?
If you don’t have much time to prepare healthy dish, then your diet should consist of healthy and lightly processed foods. On the other hand, if you love to cook, then the sky is the limit. You can find great and healthy recipes and cook for your whole family. You should also think about using healthy meal replacement that promotes weight loss.
3. What are your cravings?
If you simply can’t live without something, you should incorporate it in your diet. There is no point in trying to deny us from something we want so bad. It will just make us cheat our diet, or even quit. However, you should limit the amount you take.
4. Do you have support?
If your family isn’t into healthy eating, then chances are that you’ll fail. You need to surround yourself with people that support your new way of eating, and ideally, they will create their own healthy diet. So talk to them and explain your reasons and goals, and ask them to help you achieve them.
5. What is your budget?
Unfortunately, if you are low on cash you need to take that into consideration before creating a diet. You can’t put expensive dishes and not be able to afford them. So calculate your costs and make sure you have enough money to support everything on your list.
6. Do you exercise?
Weight loss greatly depends on your ability to burn calories. Without physical activity you reduce your chances of losing weight. Therefore, before starting a diet you need to find some cardio exercise like running, riding a bike or playing sports. You also need to determine when and how long will you attend these activities and calculate how many calories you’ll burn.
7. What are your goals?
Setting a diet without a clear goal is a complete waste of time. You need to know where you are now and where you want to be in 3 months, 6 months, and a year. Without setting goals you won’t be able to know whether or not you were successful at all.
8. Will you use weight loss supplements?
So before starting a new diet, make sure you honestly responded to all the answers. Carefully plan everything and set yourself for success. Everything in life is possible, and your weight loss is not an exception.