When it comes to weight loss, we all make mistakes, we all give into temptation, and we all have lazy days during which we don’t really want to have to think so hard about everything that we are eating. Believe me, I’ve been there. I’ve been on track, following a diet to the letter, only to backslide and find myself reverting back to my old eating habits. Those carbs are hard to kick, after all!
But, in the process of trying, failing, and starting back up from the beginning again, I have learned quite a bit about how to get back on track after backsliding on your diet. And I’m ready to share what I’ve learned with all of you so that you can take the right steps towards feeling good about yourself and getting back on track, especially when you slip up.
Think About the Cause
Like any other problem, in order to overcome your backsliding, you need to figure out what is causing you to fall off track in the first place. You can’t just hide the symptoms and avoid tackling the root of an ailment when you are sick, right? The same holds true when you can’t seem to stick to your diet. I have found that, rather than beating myself up over the fact that I slid off course, analyzing why I did it is a much better route to take.
Most people end up backsliding on their diet for the same reasons. They might, for example, feel like they are depriving themselves too much. Life is short, after all, so why shouldn’t you be able to have that cake and indulge in its deliciousness? Others, however, might find that they are on a really impractical diet that is a huge hassle. Or you might have put yourself on a diet plan that is just too expensive. And yet another reason why so many people fall off course is because they feel sluggish and fatigued when they’re dieting (a clear indication that you aren’t doing it right and should actually change your diet right away).
Focus on Making Permanent Changes
Dieting is temporary but eating right should be a permanent change that you make to your lifestyle. Figuring out how to get yourself into a natural habit of choosing healthy foods over unhealthy options is the tricky part. It’s easy to fall into temptation when it comes to junk food that’s fatty, greasy, and loaded with carbs.
A lot of your effort will actually take place in your mind as you work on controlling and ignoring your cravings. With the right substitutions, you can fulfill your cravings without taking an unhealthy route in the process. I found that, after following healthy habits for about a month, they became so ingrained that they were no longer habits, but a way of life for me.
Rather than snacking on potato chips, I have some mixed nuts. Rather than drinking soda, I have low-sugar fruit juice. And rather than eating at restaurants all the time, I cook more at home, enjoying the process of using fresh ingredients that actually taste better than what I would get when dining out.
Reset with Water
When you have overeaten, you might initially feel great, but that blood sugar is going to drop back down sooner than you think, leading to fatigue. To bounce back from eating too much sugar, I avoid caffeine as a way to bring my energy level up. Instead, I have found that drinking water will help to clear my system of all of the damage that I’ve caused by not eating right.
On top of flushing my body of toxins and helping to restore balance to the way I feel, water also helps to rehydrate me, which helps to give me a boost of energy. I also go ahead and add some lemon to my water, as that increases the detoxifying effects of my drink and helps me feel better in no time.
Set Reminders Everywhere
Wherever you can, set reminders so you can always have your weight loss goals in mind. As soon as you catch yourself backsliding, you can stop yourself because you’ll be reminded of what you want to accomplish.
It’s also a good idea to remind your friends and family of what your goals are. With everyone on the same page, you can choose meals that will support your goals rather than put you off course. And your support system will also be there to hold you accountable and help you stay on track.
Invest in the Right Weight Management Products
Let’s face it, we’re all human and nobody is perfect. We could all use a little extra help when it comes to staying on track and losing weight. So I have absolutely no shame in saying that I have found that weight management products are really beneficial. They help me to not only maintain the energy I need throughout the day, but they also help to curb my cravings so that I can avoid backsliding on my diet altogether.
There are a lot of weight management products out there, so I had to do quite a bit of research before settling with the over-the-counter product that I felt was right for me and my lifestyle. I personally like products like FenFast 375, which are developed to increase energy levels, focus and alertness, while supporting a healthy metabolism. When I take these pills, I feel more energized, so I can get through my workday and still have the energy to exercise. And when I can accomplish all of that, I don’t want to ruin and undo all of my progress by not eating right, so it definitely helps me stay on the right path.
These are just my tips for how to get back on track, and stay on track, after backsliding on your diet. They’re easy tips, so you can try them too and see what works for you. Remember, don’t be hard on yourself, as we all go through this when we are trying to lose weight. Stick with the right habits, the right products, and the right attitude for amazing results.