Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Tricks To Stick To Your Diet

When you love to eat food sticking to a diet can be difficult when you start craving the foods you love. This is why so need to cheat on a diet to reach your fitness goals.

What foods do you crave?

First you need to understand why you want to eat certain foods. When you eat a food you crave your brain releases dopamine, a natural chemical related to pleasure making you feel good.

And who doesn’t want to feel good?

This is why when you are on a proper diet you can’t stop thinking about the foods you love. Food is an addiction, not much different than sex, or drugs.

You need to wean yourself off of it; this is why so many people fail to stay on a diet.

So here are some things you can do to manage your cravings and still stick to your diet.

If you are just starting out on a proper eating plan (diet), you need to slowly remove the bad foods from your daily life replacing them with something healthy.

By doing this you keep your body from going into withdrawal symptoms.

You should never go into a healthy diet cold turkey; it is a recipe for failure.

Sit down and right out what you eat every day for a week and make a plan to eliminate one thing a week that you know is no good for your health, and waistline.

You need to be honest with yourself here. If you lie to yourself trying to justify why you should be eating or drinking something, you are doomed before you start!

In case you get confused, soda, sweets, and junk food are bad for your waistline and future health.

When you finally get to the point where you have eliminated all the bad things from your diet congratulations, you have now accomplished the easiest part of eating a healthy diet.

No comes the hard part, sticking to it. This is where most fail!

Fail you way to success, Cheat:

Yes you heard me right, its ok to cheat on your diet.

The reality is you should schedule a cheat day, something to look forward to rewarding yourself for sticking to your diet all week.

Now before you get all excited thinking you are going to be pigging out all day, this is a one meal cheat. You can choose the meal, but it can only be one meal or you will destroy all the work you did all week.

If you don’t schedule a cheat day this is what usually happens, you will start craving something for so long then one day you will give into temptation and start binge eating on the foods you have been missing destroying all the work you did up to that point.

Best-case scenario you are back to square one.

Worst case that’s the end of your diet!

But if you have a scheduled cheat day you will reward yourself, eliminate your cravings and not blow your diet.

It is a proven fact that people who gave in to there cravings occasionally eating only a small amount (just enough to be satisfied) stuck with there diet, and reached there intended weight loss goal.

Sometimes it is good to cheat!

Want to know more? See- Soda and your health

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