If you’ve been on a diet, you know that it can be hard to stick with it. There are days or weeks when you feel like you’re making progress, and then suddenly, it feels like there are no more results. And that can really discourage you from continuing.
We’ve rounded up some of the best tips out there to help make your goals more manageable — and more achievable.
- Start small. To reach a goal, you need to break it into chunks that are so small they’re easy to achieve. For example, if you want to lose 15 pounds this year, don’t focus on losing 15 pounds in three months — aim for 5 pounds every four weeks.
- Do what works for you. Many people have tried multiple diets in their lifetime, but not found something they can stick with long-term. That’s because they’re not right for them! If counting calories isn’t your thing, don’t do it. If the thought of running on the treadmill makes you want to cry — hit the weights instead!
- Make a plan and prep ahead of time. When hunger hits, healthy eating is not at the top of your mind — so make sure your house is stocked with nutritious foods that will fill you up.
- Don’t make rash decisions about changing your diet. You should always speak with your doctor before you start radically changing your diet. Once you know what type of foods you should be eating, take some time to learn about those foods. Learn where they come from and how they’re grown or raised. This will help you make healthier food choices.
- Choose mostly whole, unprocessed foods. Whole foods are the best choice because they are the most nutrient-dense, meaning they contain more vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients per calorie than processed foods. Start reading labels to compare the nutrients in packaged foods and choose ones with the fewest additives.
- Eat smaller meals more frequently throughout the day. Try to eat something every three hours or so. This will prevent you from getting too hungry between meals, which can lead to overeating or poor food choices when hunger gets out of control.