5 excuses we've made for quitting our diets.
Excuses on top of more excuses....if you are anything like me, you have given up on your fair share of diets over the years. Admittedly, I've made my excuses and given up on diets too easily. Sometimes because life got in the way, other times I thought they weren’t working...but usually, it was because I was hungry! The smells of glorious street food and tempting after work drinks were just too tempting.
But the guilt of giving up lived somewhere deep inside of me, mocking me after the satisfaction of that late night burger wore off.
So I want to ask the question, why do we give up on our diets and what can we do to try and prevent this?
What's your excuse? Here are 5 excuses commonly used:
1.‘I’m not ready to diet right now’
The first issue is our mindset, there is an irrational fear that dieting means we will spend the rest of our days in a state of hunger and jealousy of everyone around us.
There is never a perfect time to start eating healthy, it's a change in lifestyle so it’s going to be tough, to begin with. Remind yourself of why you chose to make a change should be good motivation.
2.‘I’m missing real food.’
Dieting in Thailand is extra difficult as the food is just so damn delicious! How can we just turn our back on one of the best things about living here?!? Try giving yourself a ‘cheat day’ This is the linchpin to my success.
Stick to your diet, say ‘no, thank you’ to the invite to your favourite restaurant and make a mental note of everything you are craving. Choose a day of the week to be your cheat day and then...go wild! Seriously, I get so excited for this day and it keeps me going through the week. Not only will you have something to focus on, but as the weeks progress you start to see the difference in your health, you will start to feel guilty about having a whole ‘cheat day’ and maybe change it to a ‘cheat meal’.
3.‘It’s not working!
It’s been 10 days and nothing has happened? Don’t give up and don’t blame the diet just yet...results could be just around the corner!
Remember to give your body a chance to become accustomed to a new diet. Give your body a few weeks to adjust...you’d be surprised how your hunger levels decrease over time and positive change becomes more noticeable. This is called calorie adaption.
4.‘This diet is making me feel terrible’
Low energy and feeling sick are very common reasons why people give up on their diets. We When lowering your calorie intake, make sure you are still getting plenty of vitamins and nutrients in your diet. Especially vitamins A, B, C and E (alternatively take one multivitamin tablet per day). Diets usually coincide with an increase of exercise, so to avoid feeling a lack of energy, increase the amount you eat on a day of exercise to ensure you can complete your workout.
5.Too much pressure to succeed
Informing the world that you are about to change is an immense amount of pressure to succeed. Ease into your new lifestyle quietly, get used to it.
“Do the hardest things when nobody is watching” Tony Robbins
Planning out your week is an important tool for success. If you have your diet planned out for the week...it’s a lot harder to break. Make/buy a salad and take it to work with you...when your colleague asks you to go out for lunch it's a hell of a lot easier to say no.
The key is, to be honest with yourself and know your weaknesses, make a backup plan for when you're feeling weak!
Is it OK to give up?
I think so! I personally think I've used all of those 5 excuses, but I continued to search for something that suited me.
Look, diet fads come and go, everyone is an ‘expert’ and knows exactly what you need to do. But no one knows you better than yourself. What works for someone else might not work for you.
My advice would be to give your body time to adjust to a diet, maybe 3 or 4 weeks. If you're still not feeling it, give up! But..don’t resort back to your old ways. It’s all about finding what works for you, so if it didn’t work, try something else.