People hate change. People do not like to be told that they are doing something incorrectly, or that their way is wrong. This is part of human nature, and it is something that should be considered in all facets of life.
When starting your journey in fitness and health, you have to be your number 1 coach, fan, and advocate. Understanding and having the right mindset is crucial to your success. That being said, the most effective way you can diet is what I call “Positive Dieting”.
What is the number 1 concept amongst fad diets these days? They all tell you what not to eat, right? Well, lets take the information provided earlier and apply that to this situation. When you’re told that you aren’t “allowed” or “supposed” to eat a food that you traditionally enjoy, what will most likely happen is that you will be able to stick to the plan for the short-term, but eventually you will crave that “forbidden” food.
When starting to make a change for the better in your dieting strategies, why not think about what you should be eating instead. Think about the foods that make you healthier, instead of the foods that you’ve been told are bad. For example, instead of walking down the grocery store aisles thinking “Can’t have that, I love that but it’s bad, that’ll make me fat, etc.”, why not walk through the produce or meats section and think “hey that has fiber I need, that has lots of vitamins, that’s a good source of omega-3’s”!
Now you may say “But how do I know what’s good for me?”, and the answer is easy: do some research! It’s a lot easier to tell someone, “Don’t do that because it’s bad” (which is what fad diets do) than it is to explain to someone the benefits or certain things. The most successful people, in terms of long-term health and weight control, are those that are informed about what they are doing. You can only follow something/someone blindly and be successful for so long.
So remember, learn what you should eat to better your health, and base your diet around that – instead of developing a relationship with food that instills feelings of guilt, cheating, and that might lead to binging and other potential problems. Positive-minded people use positive-minded methods!