FOOD & FITNESS / OCT. 19, 2014
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How to Create a Diet Plan

Maybe you’re feeling very sluggish lately. Or you’re frequently under the weather. Perhaps you’re concerned about how many more years you have left on this crazy unpredictable world. And maybe you’ve put on a few pounds. Whatever the case may be, there is a solution that addresses each of your pressing problems. Dieting. Yup. If you want to make a positive physical change in your life, then there’s no better way to go.

Hey... no frowning! Just because you’re on a diet doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy food anymore. You just need to be a bit more careful now. In fact, I’ll show you a few simple ways to create a diet plan.

I. Know What You Realistically Want

Rome wasn’t built in one day. Neither will your new and improved body and quality of life. So it’s important that you’re patient and understand that—whatever your goal is—it’s going to take time to get noticeable and significant results. Rushing the process is setting yourself up for frustration and failure. I know how bad it sucks to cut back on your favourite foods without getting an immediate payoff in return. But that’s just not how life works in general, eh?

Although there are programs which promise weight loss, there are two problems with this. One… they’re usually hokum. And two, if they aren’t hokum, they are extremely hazardous to your health. Usually because they lack balance, and thus deprive you of essential nutrients.

Finally, if you know you’ll struggle eliminating certain foods, avoid going cold turkey—as your cravings will only intensify. Instead, reduce the intake of those foods little by little.

II. A Program You Can Stick To

Know yourself extremely well before committing to a program. Otherwise you won’t sustain it. The first thing you may want to do is ask yourself a few questions to determine if a program suits you or not. It’s important to not look at this as picking a diet. Instead, look at it like you’re picking an eating style—which is much more sustainable and flexible. If you can see yourself eating the same way for the long-haul, then you should go with that style. Otherwise, move on to the next option. It’s just as important to consider if it’s financially affordable to sustain that eating style.

III. Good Diet Means Good Habits

So let’s say you’ve already narrowed down your choice of programs or “eating styles”. Before committing to a choice, think about a few additional things.

One of them being the importance of creating not only habits, but also having balance and flexibility. Sure, the point of a better eating style is to improve health and the best way you can do that is by consistent action—habits—but you also don’t want to be overly strict with yourself, or you won’t last long. Yes… home-cooked meals are fantastic for your health and palette, but it’s OK to just step out occasionally to a restaurant with your friends or family. Depriving your social life will kill your motivation to keep going.

IV. Exercise Is Just as Important

Not food related, but this goes hand-in-hand with your health and fitness. A great diet plan paired up with a great exercise routine goes a long way toward maximizing results. You don’t need to be lifting more than Arnold Schwarzenegger, or have the endurance of Michael Phelps. But you do need to commit to the habit of challenging yourself in every work out.

Much like your diet, results for exercise will come little by little. It’s always about the long game. So don’t rush it.

And that’s all I have for today, folks.

Stay committed. Be patient. Create good habits.

Be Healthy.

 

IMAGE: breastfeedingdietplan.org

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