We’ve all been there. That moment when temptation lurks and it seems nearly impossible to stick to your healthy-eating plan. It’s completely normal to have minor deviations and slip-ups, but it is possible to say NO to temptation. Imagine how you feel when you give in to these off-plan enticements. Now, imagine how you will feel when you’re able to walk away from unhealthy habits and remain dedicated to your weight-loss journey!
To better help you avoid these temptations and stay on your healthy eating plan to achieve your weight-loss goals and maintain them long term, SlimGenics has compiled some helpful tips for staying committed, no matter what life throws at you.
Before beginning your weight-loss journey, make a list of all the reasons you decided to start. Keep this list, but also make a habit of jotting down everyday motivations, gratitude and reasons you continue to stay on a healthier path. You can keep all of these in one place and refer to them when you feel vulnerable, discouraged or tempted by unhealthy habits.
Change Your Mindset
Don’t look at your weight-loss journey as a destination, rather view it as an educational road to learning healthier habits you can sustain long term. Learning healthy habits can be fun, as long as you have the mindset that you are willing and excited to learn and make changes. Once you adopt these healthier behaviors, they will become lifelong habits and help you transform to a healthier you!
Staying accountable to your plan is the key to remaining on track and avoiding temptation. It helps to write things down, like your meals and exercise. By keeping a log you can see, in writing, just how far you’ve come as well as if you’ve made any deviations from your plan. Another way to stay accountable is with a weight-loss buddy. Perhaps a friend or family member wants to accompany you on your journey to a healthier life. By taking these steps together, you can keep one another accountable to the plan.
Set Realistic Goals
If you set goals that are unattainable, you may be creating a disadvantage for yourself. Be sure to set reasonable goals, that make sense for you and your lifestyle. Write these goals down and make sure they are realistic, healthy and maintainable. On the other hand, DO challenge and push yourself! By setting a realistic, individualized goal, which requires some hard work, when you finally reach it, you’ll feel even better!
One major key to avoiding temptation is to always be prepared. Have healthy snacks with you on-the-go and prepare meals in bulk so you can freeze them for quick reheated meals during a time crunch. When traveling, bring snacks and research restaurants in the area that will accommodate your nutritional plan. SlimGenics recommends always having a Thermo-Snack on hand and carrying Thermo-Meals with you on vacation and business trips to ensure you have a healthy, protein-packed meal with you.
Enjoy Your Journey
Food doesn’t have to be your enemy! By learning and adopting healthier eating habits, you will learn that eating better can actually be fun and delicious. Take the time to prepare your meals and enjoy them. Sit down and savor each bite, relishing the fact that you cooked this enjoyable meal, which is also helping you achieve your weight-loss goals. Once healthy eating becomes a habit, you’ll learn you don’t have to avoid food, rather you can embrace and enjoy it!
Gain Lifelong Knowledge
Rather than viewing your weight-loss journey as a short-term task, use the knowledge you learn in all facets of your life. This nutritional education will become an invaluable asset to a healthy, happy life. And the willpower, happiness and enthusiasm you discover will aid you in every part of your life, not just your health.
It’s okay to reward yourself! Celebrate your health and weight loss successes! While indulging in an off-plan item is certainly not the end of the world, it is possible to stay on track and avoid the unhealthy temptations. SlimGenics encourages using on-plan recipes to create delicious mock-ups of your favorite “junk” foods with healthier ingredients. Yum!