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7 Ways to Get Your Diet off to a Good Start

Written by Erik Larson, Community Blogger | Oct 19, 2017 7:21 AM

The problem that many people have when it comes to meeting their diet goals is that they start with a sudden burst of motivation which quickly wanes and they return to their old habits. Dieting doesn't have to be hard though, and there are some tips and tricks you can learn to ensure that your diet will become a long-term life adjustment and not just another short-term disappointment. Below are the 7 Ways to Get Your Diet off to a Good Start.

1. Set Realistic Goals

One of the most important steps you can take before you even start your diet is to make sure you are setting realistic goals. A lot of people get themselves into trouble by being overly ambitious when it came to planning their diet goals, and the results are always the same; they get pumped up to achieve their goals, only to become depressed and lose motivation completely when they realize they don't stand a chance at actually hitting their unreasonable marks. By setting attainable goals, you will be able to see your progress which will keep you motivated to keep moving forward. 

2. Have A Meal Plan

If you don't have a tangible meal plan set in place, it can be really easy to deviate from your diet. With so much junk food readily available, it can actually be quite challenging to eat healthy food throughout the day, so having a meal plan that takes into account your daily caloric intake is one of the best tools you can have in your arsenal. 

3. Meal Prepping

One of the best things you can do to keep yourself on track with your diet is to prepare your food in advance. Working with your meal plan, you can decide what foods you will eat throughout the week and prepare your meals a few days ahead of time. This can range from chopping up vegetables and portioning them out into Tupperware so you can take one with your lunch each day, to cooking meat, pasta or other foods in bulk. By having your food already prepared, it makes it more difficult to stray from your diet. 

4. Reward Yourself

Dieting can be difficult, but there's no need to torture yourself in order to get healthier. Improving your diet doesn't have to mean cutting out not-so-healthy treats out of your life entirely, and you can restructure your mindset towards food by rewarding yourself when you stick to your diet. Many people will have a designated "cheat day" where they get to have a guilt free meal that falls outside the confines of their diet. This makes it more of a special treat when you do deviate from healthy eating, and gives you something to look forward to while your enjoy your pre-prepped salad throughout the week. 

5. Track Your Progress

We've already gone over setting attainable goals, but part of meeting your marks is keeping track of your progress. By keeping a food journal and regularly weighing yourself, you can literally see the progress of your eating choices and better keep track of your caloric intake. As your results continue to improve, it will help keep your diet in perspective which will in turn help motivate you to stick with it. 

6. Don't Sacrifice Taste

Going on a diet doesn't have to mean eating bland, unsavory food. Take some cooking lessons or look up recipes online and come up with some healthy meals that you will actually enjoy. It can be difficult to feel like you have to choke down your meals day in and out, and there's no reason why you should have to sacrifice flavor in order to improve your diet. 

7. Combine Your Diet With Exercise

Of course getting healthy isn't just about diet; exercise is every bit as important and you can have incredible results when you combine the two correctly. By following all the tips in this list and combining them with a solid workout regimen, you can see dramatic results faster than you might think. The change in how your body feels and looks will only continue to motivate you to stick to your diet and exercise plan.

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