Staying on track with diets


Diets the one word people hate to hear. I myself hate the word diet. When I hear the word diet or someone saying that they are going on a diet. That to me means temporary. Most people go on a diet to lose between 15-20 lbs. Others may want to lose more weight.  Well usually what happens is that people go on the “diets” lose the weight then return to what they were doing before. The weight comes back and they begin the cycle again.  Why does this happen so much? I myself have found been through the ups and downs of dieting. The reason for that is. Most diets are very hard to adhere to for a life time. The first question that people ask about a diet is “Is it effective?”. Most diets for the most part are effective if you ever heard of the 2 snicker bar diet?.  Is that diet effective? yes it was effective but is that diet sustainable? No. Now if someone were to follow that diet they would get results but at the cost of their health. Now with my dieting experience what I have found to be helpful is to have “cheat meals”. What is a Cheat meal?  A cheat meal is a meal that acts as a reward for sticking with my diet.  I plan out my cheat meals with my social life. Usually I go out to eat with friends or the family on the weekend and  I get to sit down and enjoy a good meal with them. Before I can enjoy the cheat meal I must make sacrifices throughout the week.  It is  a built-in rewards system that I have in my diets.  Diets are very difficult physically and mentally. Constantly suppressing hunger pains and giving up your favorite foods(the bad foods) it wears a person down over time. That is why I tell my clients to have a cheat meal after a successful week of dieting.  This way it turns your diet from a long-term endurance race into the 100 meter dash. The rewards will help keep you motivated and make your diet sustainable. The longer you stay on a healthy diet the better off you will be in life.

Author: Smithfitness

A former basketball player now fitness professional. Alex holds a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Kinesiology and certified NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist(CSCS). Alex loves lifting heavy things repeatedly and going for long runs or rides and helping others achieve high levels of fitness and health. If you love fitness and health follow this blog and submerge yourself in all the fitness and health knowledge.

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