Anyone who wants to start a diet on the right foot should know that setting a firm goal gives you an advantage over saying “next week.” It may not be easy to start a diet and give up favorite foods, snacks and beverages, but once you get started, it becomes a habit to make healthier food choices. Choosing a definite day or date fits into this because you have committed yourself to changing your life. Consult your doctor before beginning any new diet.
Set a Date
You gain an advantage for your diet plan when you pick a specific date to start your diet. By choosing a particular date like your birthday or the first of next month, you have set and defined your goal — and setting realistic, personalized goals is crucial to dieting success, MayoClinic.com reports.
By choosing a specific date, you know the time for beginning your diet is imminent and getting closer every day. By the time that date comes around, you know “today’s the day.” Having a specific date chosen and circled on your calendar also allows you to throw out foods that would jeopardize your ability to stick to your diet and to buy new, healthier foods and beverages.
Pick a Saturday
Weekends –– Saturdays and Sundays –– are best for starting your diet. Because you are at home, away from school or work, you have two days built into the start of your diet to begin eating a new and healthy diet, television health personality Dr. Mehmet Oz explains. By the time you actually begin your diet, you should have emptied your cabinets, pantry, refrigerator and freezer of most, if not all, of the sweet, fat-laden and unhealthy foods you had. You should now have mainly healthy, low-fat, low-sugar or sugar-free foods to choose from. If you have overlooked something, you have plenty of time on a weekend to visit your supermarket and buy it.
Choosing a Saturday or Sunday also gives you more time to begin exercising, too.
Tell a Friend
When you make plans to start a diet, you are likely to have a specific goal in mind –– losing weight so you can fit into a bridesmaid’s dress for an upcoming wedding, swimsuit season or simply losing enough weight to improve your health and reduce your risk of serious illness. With this goal in mind, think of your circle of friends and choose the one person who will not allow you to slide or fail.
By choosing this person, you are owning up to your responsibility in sticking with your weight-loss plan. If you have chosen well, your friend will have your best interests and health at heart and she will not allow you to give up. She will also remind you of your slips, StartYourDiet.com notes.
Other Diet Tips
Weigh yourself at the start of your diet, write down your current weight and plot your goal. If you aim to drop 30 pounds, you are now able to set up your weekly weight -oss goals. Substitute low-calorie foods and seasonings as you diet. For instance, spread sandwiches with mustard instead of mayonnaise. Your main goal in weight loss should be your health. Yes, fitting into a skimpy bikini this summer is a good goal –– but your health is more important. Incorporate more exercise into your daily routine as you diet. Add more walking to your day –– when you stop at the store, park at the far end of the parking lot and walk across the parking lot into the store. Consult your doctor before beginning any new exercise regimen.