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Why Is It So Hard To Stick To A Healthy Diet

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Sticking To Your Healthy Diet

Have you ever wondered why it’s so hard to stick to your healthy diet?  Do you have trouble staying motivated when it comes to eating healthy?  Well, like a lot of people, the want is there but the do lags behind.  I know everyone leads busy lives but making the decision to work at your healthy diet takes more than just idle words.  It takes committment, patience, practice and time.  A healthy diet just doesn’t happen overnight.

Is It Okay To Cheat On My Healthy Diet?

 

healthy diet - market shoppingThat depends on what you are substituting with when you are “cheating” and how often you cheat.  No one is perfect and no one expects you to rigidly follow a healthy diet 100% of the time.  It’s just not going to happen.  Instead,  understand what makes you want to cheat and formulate a plan for those times when you feel you can’t live up to your healthy diet.  Give youself an alternative to what may be unhealthy choices.  This way you don’t feel guilty and you can stay on course.  There are going to be times when there just isn’t any way to avoid unhealthy food or you are in a position where you can’t order what is best for you.  These could include a business meeting, a wedding party, a late night out with friends or when you are running latefor work or school and there just isn’t time to eat healthy.  You’re healthy diet should be able to compensate for these instances by planning in advance what you are going to do and then following through.

Solutions To Eating A Healthy Diet

You know yourself better than I do but a healthy diet is something you can control.  Excuses are just that.  Excuses.  Get into a habit or routine where you give yourself the means to eat healthy.  If you stack your shelves with potato chips or cookies, you will never succeed.  Instead, try learning about nutrition.  See what is healthy for you.  Try new foods.  Allow yourself to discover new ways to eat healthy.  This can all be done for free.  Go to your local bookstore or library and read up on nutrition.  Get an idea what is good for you and what isn’t.  Luckily, there are hundreds of cooking magazines that can give you an idea of what is healthy and what isn’t.  You’d be surprised at what you’ll find.  Foods you once thought were healthy may end up ruining your healthy diet.  Finally, one of the best ways to search for information is online.  The internet is a place for information.  Use it, learn from it and then put that information into practice.

 

Secrets To Maintaining A Healthy Diet

A healthy diet is what we strive for.  It’s what propels us to live healthier lives.  Those of us in the know have discovered the secrets to making a healthy diet work and I will reveal a few of them to you here.

  • Diversify your diet.  Don’t just stick to a few items that you like.   Eat foods from all the food groups and make sure you are getting the enough nutrition.   When your body is fueled up with the right foods and has the proper nutrition, it will become easier to stick to a healthy diet.  Why? Because you will stifle your cravings.  When you get cravings it’s because the body needs something more than what you have given it.  So give it what it needs and you will reap the benefits.
  • Forget one-size-fits-all dieting.  No two people’s needs are the same so you need to tailor your healthy diet to your individual needs.  Forget about what everyone else is doing and forget those “Diet Gurus’.  They are selling you and everyone else the same dream and in the end you will find it won’t help you at all.  Many things will influence your needs.  They could be cultural, religious and or costs.  Not everyone has the money to buy the freshest, most healthy and exotic foods that are healthy but you do the best you can and that will be enough.  Individualize your needs based on what is right for you and then go for it.  Maintain your needs and you will find it becomes a good habit.
  • Focus your thoughts.  Don’t think of things in a negative fashion such as “What should I avoid” or “I’m giving this up”.  Instead focus on what you are going to add to your diet.  Focus on the end result instead of negative thoughts.  Negativity will lead to you feeling guilty and then you find you’ve fallen off the wagon.  You’ve started eating junk food again, you’ve gained weight and now you’re unhappy.  Be positive.   Have fun.  Make it a good part of your day.  Don’t let it be a burden.  Keep your head up and you’re thoughts on a healthy diet.
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How To Stay On A Healthy Diet

By now you’ve seen how to stick to your healthy diet.  You’ve learned a few secrets you can use to make it work but now comes the tricky part.  How are you going to stay on a healthy diet?  What motivates you to keep it going?  Here is something I use to motivate me to keep eating healthy.  A few years ago I was diagnosed with very high cholesterol.  My cholesterol was 490!  WOW!  I was scared but now I do everything I can to keep it down to a manageable number.  My motivation is to stay alive and not be a victim of heart disease or stroke.  My health is very important to me and I use a healthy diet to make sure I stay healthy.  Find your motivation and let it be your guide to eating and staying healthy.  It’s worked for me so far and it can work for you.

Now that you know what to do, there’s nothing that can keep you from sticking to your healthy diet.

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