Have you been on the weight loss roller coaster for way too long? Can’t stop sabotaging your diet no matter what you do? I’ve been there and let me tell you it’s frustrating! I’m going to tell you how to stop ruining your diet so you can stop feeling guilty, reach your goals, feel proud of yourself and happy in your life.
The way to stop ruining your diet is by changing your mindset about it. Mindset is everything when it comes to sticking to a diet. Working on your inner self as you transform your outer self is the key to stop sabotaging your weight loss efforts.
It’s amazing how easily we can ruin our weight loss efforts. Our minds are powerful and it’s crazy how they can trick us into giving up on our goals in an instant! Here’s how to stop ruining the diet and feeling the guilt that comes with it.
How To Stop Ruining Your Diet
1. Stop comparing yourself to others
I am 100% guilty of comparing myself to others.
We grow up comparing ourselves to others and being compared to others.
Our society is completely focused on comparing ourselves to celebrities and people who are photo shopped to look a certain unrealistic way.
Here’s the thing, every single person’s body and lifestyle is different. You can’t compare yourself or your results to someone else’s.
This is your life and your journey. Embrace it and take for what it is. It’s not a race or a competition.
2. Stop setting goals that feel unrealistic to you
Have you ever set a goal for your weight loss that was totally unrealistic?
How did you feel when you didn’t achieve it in the time frame you set? Discouraged? Defeated? Hopeless?
Setting goals is great for motivation and achieving the results you want, but you have to be careful how you set them. Set yourself up for success rather than failure.
Often we set goals that are for a certain event like vacation or a wedding.
What happens when the event comes around and is over? In my experience, once the event is over, my motivation is out the window. I no longer have something to work toward.
If I didn’t reach my goal by the event, I feel like I’ve failed.
A better way of goal setting for weight loss is to set goals like:
I’ll dedicate myself 100% so I can lose as much as possible before vacation.
I’ll eat healthy and workout 3 times a week until I lose 20 pounds.
Of course once you reach these goals, you need to set new ones to maintain or continue your weight loss.
Changing your goals to smaller goals and not such a strict timeline is one of the easiest ways to stop ruining your diet.
It takes the pressure off and allows you to enjoy the process.
3. Stop giving up on your diet because you cheated a little
How about this one? ” I had a piece of cake today so my diet is out the window. I may as well eat whatever I want today and get back on track tomorrow.”
Guilty as charged! I’ve done this more times than I can count!
Why in the world to we do this? One piece of cake isn’t going to ruin your weight loss efforts, but scrapping the whole day can.
We have to remember that life happens. There are parties, events and holidays happening all the time.
We have to make a conscious effort to plan that we are going to eat cake sometimes, but it doesn’t mean your whole diet is screwed up for the day.
Take a walk and burn the extra calories if you think it’s going to keep you from losing.
An average piece of cake is 250 calories. Do you really think that will ruin your weight loss? No way!
Stop sabotaging your diet with this. Eat the cake and get on with your healthy eating the rest of the day.
4. Stop caring what other people think of you
I don’t know if this happens to everyone or just me, but when people start telling me I look good and noticing my weight loss, it makes me try less.
It’s as if them saying I look good leads me to think that I look good enough to impress them so I don’t have to try so hard. Really?!
I’ve always been way too consumed with what other people think of me.
It’s not healthy to worry about that in the first place, but to allow it to sabotage my weight loss was just craziness!
Instead focus on impressing yourself by striving to reach your goals no matter what.
Giving 100% and committing to yourself will make you feel proud and better about yourself than anything anyone can say to you.
I know we live in a world of wanting to be accepted by others, but we really need to let that go and focus on what matters to us.
It’s your life, girl! Live it your way with no regrets!
Breaking promises to yourself is the #1 reason for a lack of self-confidence. Keep your promises and commitments to yourself about everything, including your diet.
5. Stop following diets that you hate
Does following your diet feel like a chore?
Is your day filled with calorie counting? Or carb counting? Or eating stuff you don’t love?
Is it hard to stick to the meal plan you’re following because you feel so restricted?
Are you starving all day and want to crawl into the refrigerator at night and scarf down every single thing you see?
If you answered yes to any of these, you are not following a diet that feeds your soul.
You should never feel dread about a diet.
If you choose the right diet, it will feel easy to stick to and the weight will come off easily.
The right diet for you might change throughout your life.
I followed a low carb diet during my 20s and I lost 90 pounds.
Guess what happened when I tried it again in my 30s. I lost nothing. In fact, I gained a little.
I felt restricted by not being able to eat bread, pasta and rice. And I was miserable.
Once I switched to this vegan diet plan, the weight just started to fall off.
I no longer felt restricted and I really enjoy the things I get to eat.
This is what feels natural to me and my heart and soul are happy. It doesn’t feel like a chore or something I dread doing every day. I actually look forward to it.
You may have to try a few diets to find the one that feels that way to you, but don’t give up. The right one is out there.
Listen to your body and your heart to see what diet feels right to you.
If you look at every one of these ways we sabotage our weight loss, it comes down to one thing, our minds. Very powerful, but completely controllable.
Most of us just go on autopilot and let our minds take the lead. We have to be aware and make the effort to control our thoughts and actions.