We all know how the best laid diet and fitness plans can be sabotaged and ridiculed by those who do not quite share your fondness or commitment for a healthier lifestyle. Don’t worry as here are some tips for the novice dieter that can withstand to some degree of derangement from not so well meaning colleagues and relatives.
Make a Definite Commitment
If you are really going to make a change, be loud about it. Tell your friends and family in no uncertain terms that you have committed yourself to a healthier lifestyle and that shoving food in your face or making tempting offers will counter all the hard work that you are doing in the opposite direction. Sometimes writing your goals down and signing it yourself can even help better in staying the course, rather than giving in to temptation.
Stay Away from Tempting Situations
Of course there is every possibility of a relapse into bad eating if temptations are floating all around you. Simply ask those who don’t understand to keep their eating habits to themselves or eat where you can’t see them. It is better to stock your healthy foods in a separate space or refrigerator so that you are not tempted at all.
Learn to Substitute Good Choices for Bad
It is so easy to fall back into temptation but as many people will tell you, substituting a good habit for the bad is a very successful strategy. It is best to keep far away from all the things that tempt you back into an unhealthy lifestyle. So make staying away from them a top priority. Whenever you feel the need to eat, chomp on veggies or non- fattening foods that will help you keep to your fitness and diet goals.
Share the Health Benefits
They say that if you can’t beat them, join them. But an even better way would be to convert them to your way of thinking. If this is indeed fruitful, then you can not only gain a friend, but he or she will motivate and push you when you are out of step and vice versa. You can share plans, motivations and all kinds of healthy activities that will aid in achieving your diet and fitness goals.
Get Reassurance when Needed
We are all human and we all make mistakes from time to time. When this happens, take stock and do not berate yourself. Progress never happens in a straight line. There are often difficulties and setbacks of different kinds. However the most successful ones are those that are persevering and confident that they will eventually triumph over every obstacle in their path. They realize that failure is only temporary and learn the lessons from it. This is why having a healthy circle of friends and well-wishers is important. It will help push you on the path to progress and show you that there is light at the end of the tunnel. So don’t give up, but persevere. Remember: quitters never win and winners never quit.