It happens to even the most diligent dieter: you’ve been exercising regularly, getting enough shut-eye, eating your greens and avoiding chocolate like the plague. Then, from out of nowhere the week from hell hits you like a bus and all your hard efforts have fallen by the wayside.
If this has happened to you, it’s okay - but don’t let your diet go awry because of a roadblock. Simply refocus and pick up your quest to lose weight and feel great about yourself.
For anyone who’s followed a diet for an extended period of time, you’ll know how boring and mundane the food choices can get, how tired you often feel and how much you sometimes just want to give up when you’re not seeing the results you hoped for. But remember, losing weight and getting into shape can take some time. It takes awhile to adjust to any weight loss plan. If your eating habits are unhealthy and you’ve been inactive for a while, it’ll take your body some time to get used to eating vegetables instead of fries and going for a run instead of going for a nap. Some experts say it takes 21 days to form or break a habit. If you really want to change your unhealthy ways, give yourself a little time to adjust to your new habits.
If you find that your weight loss plan is becoming stale, take a breather and try something new. Join a fun kickboxing class or go for a bike ride with your kids instead of hitting the gym. You can also try to recruit friends and family members who are also trying to lose weight, and create a weight loss support network. A weight loss buddy will be someone who can help you reach your goals, and you can be accountable to one another so you’ll be less likely to slack or cheat.
If you’ve been following the same diet for an extended period of time, you’re bound to get bored with it. Scour the message boards and find out how others are coping with their diets. Always remember that you’re never alone in your quest to lose weight!