It’s never comfortable being hungry or tired. Most of us sit or lie down when we’re tired, and we usually eat when we’re hungry. So when it comes to dieting, there are going to be some tough days. How do you stay on track and fight the dieting discomfort? I have four easy-to-follow tips so you can stay the course.
How to Fight Dieting Discomfort
Know your weaknesses or triggers
One of the best ways to fight the discomfort of dieting is to be prepared. Know the triggers that usually lead you to grab something unhealthy or skip a workout. Is it exhaustion at the end of the day that results in reaching for the chips? Is it work stress that leads to drinking too much when you get home from the office? Identify the emotion or feeling that precedes some behavior that gets you off track. I’d suggest writing down this emotion and coming up with a list of at least five healthy things you could do that will minimize it rather than sabotaging your diet and workout plan. (I’m feeling stressed after a difficult day of work, so I could go to the gym and work out; I could listen to some music; I could channel my stress and clean up my dirty kitchen; or I could walk my dog). It’s also important to get rid of tempting foods in your house! Know what foods you usually crave and either keep them out of the house or come up with a healthier alternative.
Schedule your diet and workout plan
You might have a goal in mind for how you want your body to look, but do you have your diet and workout plan mapped out? When you need to fight the discomfort of dieting and training, it’s reassuring to know what you need to do each day in the kitchen and in the gym. Organization and manageable steps usually keep you focused and in line. And they make it easier to get back on track when you slip up.
Hunger doesn’t require a 911 call
Seriously! If you’re hungry or tired, it’s not always an emergency. Of course you should eat and rest when your body is cueing you to do so, but oftentimes dehydration or an emotional craving is mistaken for hunger and tiredness. If you can resist this urge for even a few minutes, by distracting yourself and engaging in a healthy behavior, you’ll probably notice that this discomfort was merely temporary and not a signal indicating you should chow down.
Keep your eye on the prize
I promise you that eating healthy and working out doesn’t have to be miserable. But when the days get rough, and you need to fight the discomfort, it’s important to spend a few minutes meditating on the prize. Do you want to sport a new bikini for an upcoming vacation? Do you want to get on stage and compete soon? Whatever the goal is, focus on how you will look and feel once you have arrived! The satisfaction of achieving your specific goal can be life-changing and so worth all the times you had to fight the discomfort of dieting!