Boredom is the diet destroyer. Boredom with lifestyle, boredom with food, meals and cooking – all very common reasons why your weight loss plan can fail.
So what can you do to beat the boredom beast?
Losing weight successfully isn’t just about a good diet, but also about having a good attitude. Even if you have been dieting successfully for a while, it never hurts to take stock of how you feel about your weight loss programme.
Let’s do a quick review of your programme now.
Boredom with lifestyle
Being bored with your lifestyle often leads to the inability or reluctance to do something different and more enjoyable, because you’ve forgotten how. Perhaps you’ve become stuck in a rut.
So what can you do?
We suggest that you take this opportunity to look at your priorities and answer these questions:
- Do you want to be healthier?
- Do you want to be slimmer?
- Do you want to have more energy?
- Do you want to eat the right foods?
- Do you want to do more exercise?
If you have answered ‘Yes’ to any of these but don’t know where to start, have one day when you switch off your TV for two hours and go and do something more interesting instead. Whether it’s going for a walk with the dog, seeing a film or visiting the zoo; whatever you choose should be enjoyable and something to look forward to.
Make a decision now to do something different to break up your routine.
Boredom with food
There is no reason why your diet food should be boring or bland.
There are thousands of places to go to find different meals, recipes and ideas to tempt even the most jaded palate.
Our weight loss coaches are constantly providing suggestions to people on how to spice up their meals to combat diet fatigue.
The problem is that we do tend to eat the same small selection of meals because it’s easy.
No wonder we get bored and drop off the diet.
The way you eat now is probably no different to how you ate before you started your diet.
But it‘s almost always the diet that gets the blame if we get bored with the food.
Here are four boredom-busting tips for livening up your diet:
- Try something different! Eat something that you’ve never eaten before.
- Increase the variety of your regular meals. Add in at least one new recipe to your weekly plan.
- Select easy to prepare recipes (this is especially important if you don’t like cooking or haven’t much time)
- Make time to select and plan those new recipes
Adopting a more positive attitude will accelerate you towards your goal. It is vital to stay focused on the reasons for your diet, especially when you are feeling your motivation ebb.
Keep visualising yourself slimmer, looking healthier, younger and having more energy and zest for life. This will help you to choose the right foods.
Don’t let the TV win. Get out in the wind and blow those boredom thoughts away.
By tackling the boredom-beast head on you are more likely to succeed.
Do these things and you will be back on the right path sooner than you think!
Why not try planning your weekly meals using the Healthy Food Guide planners.
This article was kindly supplied by Susan Booth, owner of Alive Fitness based in Derby.
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