It’s no secret that it can be difficult to stick to a meal plan, there are so many temptations to stray away from it. Here are some hints to follow in order to help you stick to your meal plan;
Eat Real, Whole Foods You Love
A meal plan doesn’t mean that you have to eat foods that you don’t like very much. Find out what healthy whole foods you enjoy and try to incorporate these into it as much as you can. There are still ways to be able to enjoy the things you love but in a healthier way. This could include changes to the way that you cook a certain food – such as steaming chicken instead of frying it.
Improve in Iterations
It’s not only easier to cut it back little by little, it’s also better for your body to be able to adapt to your new diet. Always ensure that you’re you’re still getting enough nutrition as people can often forget to do this.
Look Ahead for Obstacles, and Plan for Them
There are always going to be things that make meal planning harder. Things like parties, someone’s birthday dinner, going on a trip etc. The best way to not be caught out by these sorts of situations is to think ahead. Decide if you’re going to take something with you, choose something healthy from the menu, or have a cheat meal. Just ensure you don’t have cheat meals all the time or you will no longer be following your meal plan.
Make It Public
I know you probably don’t want to be “THAT” person. But psychologically speaking, letting people know that you’re on a diet plan gives you accountability and motivation to keep it going as you don’t want people to see you fail. This doesn’t mean you have to constantly be posting on social media, but the odd post here and there and informing the people close to you can often help.
Cheat and Don’t Feel Guilty About It
Don’t let guilt get the better of you. many people who cheat on their meal plan soon give up as they feel like they’ve failed. The only time you fail is when you stop doing it altogether. You’re allowed to cheat, you’re only human. Learn to take control of those bad habits and soon it will get easier.
Watch Out for Sneaky Calories
Something that can often catch people out is “liquid calories” you may think that that coffee or can of coke is innocent but people often forget that drinks like this can be bad, if not worse than some cheat foods. This also includes things such as salad dressings and sauces, and finger food that people often think “don’t count.”