The Importance of Goal Setting: 5 Simple Strategies to Sticking to Your Diet Goals
Why is it that we can never stick to our diet? Just when we think we’re on a good path to eating right, temptation comes knocking on our door, sending us right back to step one. If you’re looking for the honest truth, sticking to diet schedules is not everyone’s cup of tea. It’s hard. In fact, it’s harder than hard – it’s challenging and grueling. Whoever said that sticking to diets is easy, clearly never got the memo. If you struggle with lack of control when it comes to eating, eat until you feel uncomfortably full, overeat and only stop when the food is gone, or eat as a coping strategy when you’re upset, depressed, and bored, then this article is for you.
At Herbex, we understand all about the importance of goal setting and sticking to a schedule. It’s never easy, and that’s why we’ve put together five simple strategies to help you stick to your diet goals.
#1 Get Motivated
Motivation is what drives us, influences us, and keeps us optimistic and going. Motivation is not easy, especially when it comes to diet goals. If you want to stick to your diet schedule and goals, then you need to find ways in which to motivate yourself. One of the best ways to feel motivated is to make a list of why you want to lose weight, and each day, in the morning or at night, read it to yourself to remind yourself that you are not just doing this for yourself, but also for your partner and your kids. Another motivational tactic is to measure your waistline every week, as soon as you start seeing a difference, this will excite you and have you sticking to your weight goals
#2 Don’t See Food as an Indulgence, But Rather as Fuel for Your Body
First and foremost, food should not be eaten to satisfy your taste buds. In fact, food is like medicine to the body. Just like a car needs the right fuel to keep going, so does your body. If you put the wrong type of fuel in your car, it will break. Well, the same applies to our bodies. A chocolate or a pastry isn’t going to give your body the right nutrition and energy, but an avocado or a salad will. As soon as you change your mindset about food, the easier it will be to stick to your diet goals
“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food” – Hippocrates
#3 Reduce Your Plate Size
An old trick used by dieters for many years is to pack all those big plates of yours away and use your side plates to dish your meals. After a while, you will become accustomed to eating less.
#4 Set Realistic Expectations
One of the greatest strategies for sticking to a diet programme is to be realistic about it. Everyone is different, so while some will easily follow through, it does not mean that they are mentally stronger than you, it just means they have set realistic expectations that are not impossible. Are your goals long term or short term? At Herbex, we believe that long-term goals are a set up for failure. Just like addicts who live day-by-day, so should you. Pressure and failure can send you right back to where you started, so do yourself a favour and cut yourself some slack. Be realistic about your goals – this way you won’t set yourself up for failure.
#5 Get Support
There is nothing worse than trying to lose weight on your own. Support is so important. Join an online support group where you can offload and find inspiration to keep going.
We can’t stress enough the importance of goal setting when it comes to living a healthy lifestyle. As one of the leading health and wellness brands on the global market, we have specially formulated a wide range of weight-loss, fat-burning, and slimming formulas, teas, tonics, pills, concentrates, powders, and diets for those in their 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, and 60s. At Herbex, we believe that support is vital, which is why we also have our very own support blog.
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