The big 5 of starting a diet

You are motivated. You are ready. You are going to start working toward your goals today! We remember what it is like to begin the journey, and here are the top 5 things that we learned about transitioning to a healthier lifestyle.

The hardest part is starting!

Getting into the swing of things can be very tough. It’s a lifestyle change you have to get used to, but over time it gets easier. Take your transition one meal, one workout, and one day at a time. If today doesn’t go as well as you hoped, make tomorrow better.Soon you will have had a great week, and a month, and a year.

 

Don’t let high calorie toppings ruin your diet!

Salad dressings and peanut butter are very high calorie foods that have the potential to double the calories of a dish. Measure out the amounts and be cautious of all the sauces. I find it’s easiest for me to avoid them all together (but his food does get a little bland… again, eat according to your goals).

 

Get rid of snacks around the house.

When there are snacks around the house it is all too easy to reach for a snack instead of something healthy and low-calorie. I only have foods that fit into my diet in the house so when I get the urge to snack on something unhealthy I don’t have the option to. This will also help to retrain your brain through operant conditioning: when you are hungry instead of thinking about sugary or fatty foods your brain will instead start to think of healthy foods. It is like forming a habit and association with healthy options as the first food you think of when your stomach grumbles. Over time this will reduce cravings dramatically.

Plan your days.  

If you know that you have plans later in the day where you will eat more, reduce calories earlier in the morning. When I go to the movies with Hayley, I eat less in the morning and reserve calories for popcorn later. This goes for drinking as well. When we go out at night we eat less in the morning.

 

Make time to work out.

Going to the gym doesn’t have to take up your whole day. Just one, half an hour workout four days a week can give you drastic results. That’s the length of just one Big Bang episode. There is plenty of time in the day to workout, the challenge comes down to you choosing to prioritize 30 minutes. 

Enjoy the journey. There will be ups and downs but the end is worth all the effort. Soon this will be your lifestyle, habits, and you won’t even think of these things a diet hacks. They are just what you do.

 

Stay consistent out there,

Preston

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