How to Stick to a Diet

1. Have a Specific Plan & Goal

If you say ‘I’m just going to eat healthy’, you’re less likely to succeed than if you have a specific diet or somekind of specific guidelines.

Nail down what you can’t eat e.g. sugar

Have a shopping list. You need to start your diet when you’re doing the food shopping. So don’t shop whilst you’re hungry!

sweet potatoes

Sweet Potatoes are one of the most nutritious sources of carbs

2. Take Ownership

More than likely, whilst your on your diet:

  • Work colleagues will bring in unhealthy food & pressurise you to eat it
  • People will question your motives for being on a diet
  • People will .be quite critical of you – you’ll make them feel insecure if you start to see success
  • Your family will still eat what they want

You can’t blame colleagues or family or people/bellends for any diet failure. Prepare some go-to responses if you have to.

Like “I’m on a diet because I have problems with my self esteem, it would mean a lot of you were supportive”

The opposite of taking ownership is helplessness, or ‘learned helplessness’ AKA playing the victim. Don’t blame other people for anything, unless someone is pointing a gun to your head – you made the decision, not anybody else.

Watch this video on Extreme Ownership, it’ll chance your life:

3. Surround yourself with people on the same mission

You don’t have to share lion memes, this is all about ‘feeling normal’ in what you are doing and being around a supportive community. If you are constantly in the company of people who like to eat junk food, they’ll probably make you feel bad about eating good food and being on diet.

This is why Crossfit has been such a success, people love being part of a tribe/community. I certainly wouldn’t be on an alkaline-keto diet if it wasn’t for my mates at the gym who do lots of unconventional things and don’t care what others think.

AlkalineFoods

nom noms alkaline goodness

3. The Happiness Quadrant

Finally, consider the “Happiness Quadrant”

All great philosphers, Stoic ones at least, will tell you that behaviour on the bottom-right – Hedonist activities, should only be engaged in only occasionally.

Hedonists seek pleasure without much regard for the future or for self development. Snorting coke, drinking, gambling, eating junk food, would fall under this quarter. Don’t seek pleasure if it causes future-detriment and has no meaning.

Focus on your journey, focus on why you are on your diet/path and stick to it.

Avoid the Instant Gratification Monkey. He is a right little bastard & he will knock you off track.

About Drew

MMA, Fitness & Marketing enthusiast from North Wales, UK. A Stoic Hippy with no hair. Not to boast but - 1st Class Degree in Sports Science from Loughborough, MSc in Nutrition from the University of Liverpool. 20 years experience of weight & fitness training.
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