Five Rules For Diet Success

Jun 28, 2018 | Nutrition & Diet



Dieting is difficult. Whether you are trying to lose fat, build muscle, or rebuild metabolic health, it can often feel tedious, time consuming, and brain consuming (is that a thing?). If you are one of those few, fortunate souls who has never tried to diet and is happy with their physique and eats whatever they want without a second thought, this article is probably not applicable to you. For the rest of us however, I’m sure we are all too familiar with the pains of dieting so I’m providing you with some rules to ease the dieting woes and ultimately make you more successful.

Rule 1: Start thinking about it as a ‘lifestyle’

I’m sure I’ve talked about this before but it honestly makes a huge difference. When you think about a diet as just something you will do for now, it puts you into that mindset of at some point returning to old habits. This inevitably will set you up for failure. The reality is, when the diet is over and you return to your old ways, you will just end up gaining weight back. Find a diet that works for you, something you can see yourself sticking to in a year’s time.

Rule 2: Plan your meals!

I cannot stress enough how important this is! If you wake up each day with absolutely no plan and no food prepped, you are bound to go off track. Our lives are busy and our brain can only handle so much. You are not going to spend time looking for the best, most macro friendly option if the middle of a hectic work day. Planning and prepping meals ahead of time will guarantee diet success.

The other upside to planning meals is that they are more likely to be balanced nutritionally. When you plan ahead, you plan out having all the fruits and veggies that you need.

Rule 3: Don’t buy trigger foods

We all have that one thing that if we just have a little bit, it can end up turning into the whole thing. The best thing to do is to keep it out of the house. Be honest with yourself here. You might think that you’ll have the self control to not eat that whole bag of potato chips but will you really measure out one serving and then put the bag away? If you know deep down the answer is ‘no’ it’s best to leave it at the store.

I would like to say though as a seasoned flexible dieter, you can get to a point where the suggested serving is satisfying. There was a time in my life where I couldn’t look at ice cream without wanting to eat the whole pint. Today however, I weight out the ice cream I want and no longer feel that desire to eat all of it. If this is something you struggle with, it does get better as you build a more positive relationship with food.

Rule 4: Eat a variety of foods

There are a couple of reasons for this. The first is that by eating a variety of different foods, your body is able to get a variety of nutrients. Remember, health and wellbeing should always be part of your diet, not just how you look (unless you are a physique competitor, which is a whole other rabbit hole).

Reason number two is that food variety helps to keep you satisfied. If you are eating the same thing every day for weeks, you might feel more inclined to stray away from your diet. This is what I love most about flexible dieting. You aren’t chained to a specific meal plan and can change up what you eat based on what you are craving. If you look out on the internet, there is almost always macro friendly recipes for favorite foods.

Another thing I want to add here is that you should always eat foods you enjoy. There are no magic foods that are going to make you lose weight and life is honestly too short to spend it choking down food you do not find appetizing.

Rule 5: Keep your WHY close

All of these rules are important for success but I think this is the most important which is why I saved it for last. First, think about WHY you want to lose weight or build muscle. I guarantee that if you dig deep enough, you will find a reason much more compelling than, ‘I want to look good.’ Figure out your WHY and keep it close. Write it down and put it up somewhere that you see it every day. When you have that compelling reason in front of you everyday, you will be more likely to stay on track because you will understand clearly your reasons for pursuing a healthier lifestyle.