Do you have a diet plan that was supposed to have started as part of your new year resolutions? Perhaps you've been saying "I'll start tomorrow" over the past few weeks but never actually got down to starting. As you can see, procrastination permeates our lives, even when it comes to the aspect of eating. We often start with good dieting plans in our heads but our emotions often derail us. If you decide to finally get a grip on yourself, try starting with these simple steps:
Change your "tomorrows" to "today"
Many often justify indulging in food by telling themselves that they will exercise more or eat clean the day after. But does this really happen? More often that not, it doesn't. If you are facing the same problem today, your main problem is in procrastination. You need to drill in the mindset that your plans must start "today" instead of "tomorrow". The usage of “today” creates a stronger sense of urgency that makes adherence more likely. Sometimes, you need to scare yourself into taking action!
Make realistic plans
Everyone wants to achieve their goals with dieting as quickly as possible, but such things just don't happen overnight. Before starting your diet, it is critical that you craft a realistic plan for yourself. A sudden plunge in caloric intake can be ineffective in helping you achieve your goals and even downright dangerous. Furthermore, making dramatic and sweeping changes to your diet will make it harder to start in the first place, amplifying the original problem. Practical and realistic plans are not only easier to start on, but also easier to follow in the long-term, thus allowing you to build discipline in dieting. If you want to sustain a successful dieting habit, make sure that your plans are down-to-earth and sustainable.
Make short-term, progressive goals.
In addition to making plans which are realistic, having intermediate goals also helps to improve the viability of your diet plan by creating milestones that are within reach. For example, change the goal "lose 10KG over 1 year" to "lose 1KG over the first 2 months; lose 2KG over the next 2 months etc.". Progressive goals create and sustain momentum, while short-term goals allow you to witness and celebrate your progression as it happens. Combined together, these mini-successes can act as a powerful source of motivation.
These steps may seem simple, but they can go a long way towards helping you to create that change in your life you've been talking about. Why let it wait till tomorrow when today's already here?