Important Questions to Ask Yourself Before Starting a Diet
If you’re sick and tired of being overweight, out of shape, or simply not looking the way you would like to look, there’s a good chance that you’ve seriously considered changing your eating habits. Whilst it is indeed true that making a series of healthy changes to your dietary habits could potentially help you to lose fat and improve your physique in the process, the problem that many people seem to face is, not knowing how to go about things. You see, it’s easy to tell somebody that they should eat healthy foods in order to lose weight, but what constitutes as healthy in this day and age? Believe it or not, but there was a time, not all that long ago actually, where people believed that smoking cigarettes was healthy and good for you. Many cigarette companies would use this as the basis of their advertising campaigns, and people believed them. Obviously we are now far more advanced and have far more data and research at our fingertips, but even so, there are some things to consider before starting a diet. If you’re serious about changing your eating habits, here are a few questions you should ask yourself before you commit to any new dietary plan or program.
What do I want to achieve?
Remember, everybody is different, and we all want different things in life. The same basic principle can be applied to people looking to start a diet. Before you begin filling your cupboards full of healthy produce, you need to make sure you know what you are ultimately looking to achieve. For example, do you want to drop, say, 20 pounds by summer, or are your goals a little more extreme? Do you want to build muscle whilst burning fat, or are you simply looking to become as big and as strong as you possibly can? Whatever you’re looking to achieve, you need to be clear right from the start, then you can begin planning. For example, starting a new diet will require preparation as you will need to purchase the necessary foods and supplements needed to help get you into the shape you wish to be in. Once you know what your goals are, you can then draw up shopping lists and can head out to the grocery stores and begin buying the foods, drinks, and supplements that are ultimately going to help you achieve your goals.
Am I really committed?
Again, another important question you must ask yourself before starting a new diet plan, is whether or not you are really committed. We all have “fat days” where we feel gross and convince ourselves that we’re going to get ourselves in shape, but after a day or so, once we begin feeling better about ourselves, our motivational levels begin to decline somewhat, and we go back to how we were before. If you are truly serious about starting a new diet, that is all well and good, but you must be certain that you are committed and that you will do what is needed to get yourself into the shape you wish to be in. If you are not sure, and are perhaps thinking that it may be a little too extreme, you might wish to look for an alternative way of getting in shape, or perhaps to gradually ease yourself into the new diet, rather than going all in, right from the get go.
Am I able to resist temptation when the cravings hit?
When you diet, there will be times when your focus is razor sharp, and there will be times when the dreaded cravings kick in. Rest assured, no matter how well things are going, the cravings will eventually kick in, and they will hit you hard. Whether you’re simply hungry no matter how much healthy produce you eat, or if you’ve simply had a bad day and are craving junk, fighting temptation can be tough. There may also be other people around you, eating tasty, non-healthy junk that just has your mouth salivating, and this is where things get tough. You must dig deep and ask yourself if you are mentally strong enough to resist temptation when dieting, otherwise you could potentially ruin your progress, which will only result in you feeling even more demoralized than you already are.
Will it affect my social life?
Remember, life is for living, not sitting around obsessing over your weight constantly, and you need to have fun. Of course it’s important that you stay committed to your diet, because ultimately, the end results will make you happy, but it’s important to find a happy medium. You see, if your friends and family members are seeing less of you, because you are unable to meet them at social gatherings where “non-diet” food is involved, this will have a negative impact on you, and those around you. If your friends are used to eating out several times per week, then of course you shouldn’t be expected to dine out with them all the time. However, if for example, you have a wedding coming up, you shouldn’t be skipping the celebration just because you’re worried about ruining your diet. Go out, have fun, eat what you like, and make sure you get right back on track the next day, and start over.
Will I enjoy the foods I eat?
Again, this is a very important question to ask yourself, and if the answer is No, well, you shouldn’t be doing this particular diet in the first place. There are countless people who embark on fad diets every single day, only to find that they hate the foods they are eating, and that they are feeling absolutely miserable. Despite this, they carry on doing what they’re doing as much as they can, until they eventually snap and have had enough, then they often fall off of the wagon and embark on a week-long binge eating spree. If you are looking into a specialist diet that truthfully, you know you won’t enjoy, find an alternative diet which includes healthy foods you will enjoy eating.