No matter how hard you try, you just can’t seem to get into dieting. You know that the benefits are tremendous (and that those benefits number in the thousands), but it’s just something that you can’t get yourself to do. Your problem? Your drive is missing. You’re not alone; keeping motivation up for the long haul is the struggle we all face—in eating right, working out, and taking care of our own needs on a daily basis. But the journey doesn’t have to be a struggle. With a little attention to your goals, you can determine easy ways to keep your motivation going strong. Here are some simple ways to motivate yourself to stay on that diet and eat right:
Set a goal.
Before setting up your diet, ask yourself these questions: What do you want to achieve with this diet? How many pounds do you want to lose? Do you want to look and feel healthier? What is your timeframe for shedding these pounds (and is this a reasonable goal)? Asking these questions is vital to your motivation, and finding the realistic answers is equally as crucial. As a result, you can set a sensible goal and work towards achieving it.
If you don’t think you can go cold turkey off of sweets or junk food, then don’t do it quite yet. Drastic decisions often lead to drastic binges in the end—so eliminate just a cookie here and a bag of chips there to start the process slowly. Instead of simply taking things away from your day-to-day diet, find ways to replace fruits and vegetables for your current snacks. If you don’t get to eat that cookie after dinner, try eating an apple and a handful of grapes. This way, you aren’t starving yourself by not eating enough—you’re simply treating yourself with a healthier reward at the end of the day.
Progressively add more.
Now that you’ve acclimated to starting small, it’s time to go big! Kick it up a notch by adding more healthy foods to your daily diet and by reducing your intake of junk food. This change doesn’t need to be sudden; it can be gradual. Map out how you can incorporate more diet-friendly foods into your every day, and you’ll be on the way to a healthier you.
Forgive the slip-ups.
Yes, whether it’s a pint of ice cream or a missed jog, it has happened to all of us. But you shouldn’t beat yourself up over it and give up. So what if you ate ice cream? You know what your goal is, and you know how to get there. Your motivation shouldn’t fade because you messed up your diet once. Instead of feeling bad the next day, congratulate yourself because it only was one slip-up, and move on.
By Natalia Evdokimova