You were trying on your favorite pair of pants that you have not worn for a week or so and suddenly you discovered that you could no longer close its zipper. Then, you would go on a “panic mode” because you realized that you have gained unnecessary pounds and looking slightly “plump” lately when you were staring at yourself in the mirror. So you finally decided to go on a diet. But you do not have the faintest idea how to do it. There are lots of things to consider when it comes to dieting. However, there is no need to worry or panic. We’ve got you covered. Below are things you should take into consideration before going on a diet:
Determine your objective for going on a diet – It is of utmost importance that you know the reason behind going on a diet. Why are you doing it? What do you expect to achieve by dieting? Would it be beneficial to you? Unless you are aware of the reasons why you are considering it, then you would be unsure of whether or not you should push through with your plan to go on a diet.
Consult your doctor – Before going on a diet, it is necessary for you to consult your doctor so he or she could advise you about the proper diet program and activities you should take up to ensure that you are on the right track. This is a must especially if you have any illnesses like high blood pressure, heart disease, etc. A diet program for people with health issues should be supervised by a doctor to avoid any negative impact on the person’s health.
Train your mind that you are on a diet program – While going on a diet myself, I found out that it was important to train your mind that you’re on a diet so your body would “cooperate” with your plan to lose weight. Whenever I was tempted to break my diet, I would tell my mind that I should not give in temptation and cheat on my diet. Once your mind is focused on what you want, it would overcome the needs of the body and go along with the original plan to go on a diet.
Discipline yourself and practice moderation – It is so hard to go on a diet especially if you see your favorite foods on the table. However, this is no excuse for you to forget your diet program and enjoy yourself until you get stomach ache from eating more than what you are supposed to have. See to it that you discipline yourself whenever you are near the table filled with good food and stuff. Practice moderation at all times and under all circumstances.
Don’t go beyond the limit – Everything should be done in moderation and that includes dieting. Excessive dieting could led to a host of health problems. If left unchecked, it could lead to all kinds of health issues including mental health problem. Once the body has become accustomed to long periods of excessive dieting, it would reject normal food and could even lead to malnutrition, anorexia nervosa, bulimia, etc.
Have a post-diet program – After going on a diet, you should have a post-diet program in place
in order to maintain your weight loss and not go back to your old practice of eating without
control. A post-diet program will be your guide in nourishing your body and providing it with
the right amount and kind of foods so that you would not feel deprived in the course of your