Dieting is hard, but it’s even harder if you fall off the diet and have to get back on. If you find yourself in this situation the first thing you need to remember is don’t quit! Whether it’s a few days or even a month don’t consider the diet over and throw all of your progress away. Dieting is much more of a lifestyle and a mind-set than it is a daily struggle for success. Getting back on the diet will be easier if you don’t beat yourself up over a few bad meals, and keep remembering that you are not dieting as much as you are changing your life. Consider these guidelines as you get yourself back on your eating plan.
- Refocus on your original goal for going on the diet. Maybe you went on a diet because a doctor recommended you lose a few pounds or you wanted to look better. There are no bad reasons to go on a diet, just bad ways of approaching the diet. Think back to why you started and refocus on that goal. You may find that the goal no longer motivates you. If so, then choose a new goal, one that you find more important now.
- Don’t go overboard on restarting the diet. Don’t skip meals, don’t do too much exercise or try to get a ridiculous amount of activity accomplished. If you do one or both of these things you may find yourself getting quickly burnt out on the diet and going off of it again. Worse, if you try to overcompensate by over exercising you could injure yourself and that could set you back even further as you heal. Remember, the way to successfully diet is to follow sound dieting advice and practices, not quick crash diet formulas that could be dangerous. Eating three appropriately portioned meals a day and taking your liquid supplements can get you back on track.
- Accept that everybody who diets has missteps and they are just small bumps with your new lifestyle. Changing eating and drinking habits isn’t easy and if you make a mistake or two don’t be too hard on yourself. Accept you made a mistake and move on with your original goal in mind. Don’t feel that since you stopped the diet or had a bad meal it is all over.
- Read about other people who have dieted and fell off and see how they got back on the diet and what kept them motivated. The internet is full of stories of people who have successfully lost weight but who had problems along the way. Read about what they did to get back on the program and figure out how you can apply their strategy to your own lifestyle.
Learn From Your Lapse
Take the time to figure out why you went off of your diet. Examine what your mood was, what else was going on in your life, and consider anything else that could have led to your stopping. Maybe the way you were dieting was too intensive for you and you got burned out. Or did your exercise program get too boring or hard? Were there any family or work problems that preceded going off of the diet?
Once you discover what else was going on and how it affected you then you can come up with a plan on how to deal with it in the future. A lot of dieting has to do with having an eating plan and following it but you should also focus on having a plan on how to deal with stress from other parts of your life that may be distracting.
Remember, Don’t Ever Give Up!
This is the most critical piece of advice you could receive: no matter what, don’t quit! Put the bad times behind you and keep moving forward, there might be bad days but they are temporary and you should