Chances are, if you are reading this you have a few kg of extra kg of weight that you would like to lose. So, how do you get into the right diet mindset to ensure that this diet attempt gets you to where you want to be?
The most common reason individuals fail with their diet is that they are unable to commit at the level that is required for initial weight loss. While it would be great to cut out one or two things from our daily diet and lose weight, the truth is that for initial weight loss we need a period of relatively strict eating to kick start things. This may mean a period of 1-2 weeks without any alcohol, extras or treats to create a solid calorie deficit and the 1-2kg weight loss that keeps us focused, positive and motivated. So if you are serious about losing fat, for good, clear out your diary for a couple of weeks and get started.
The next step towards diet mastery is to make sure your house, office, car and handbag are filled with all the foods you need to eat well, as well as ridding all of these places with the foods you know you should not be eating. Remember, if the food is there, you will eat it, so throw out all the extra snacks, crackers, bars, treats and frozen foods and instead fill the house with fresh fruits and vegetables, protein rich snacks and quick and easy meal options so that you always have the foods on hand that you need to eat well. Aim to prepare at least one meal each week you can freeze and have on hand in case of those late nights as well as a soup that can be used a light meal or snack to help kick start your initial weight loss.
Finally but most importantly there is the need to consider what are the key dietary areas that you as an individual need to work on in order to make a sustainable shift towards eating well for good. Do you need to take more time out to eat a more nutritious dinner, or get up earlier to eat a protein rich breakfast? Each and every one of us will have different dietary habits that need to be altered if we are to lose weight and keep if off for good. The secret to success is identifying which ones are most relevant to you and working hard to change them, once and for all.