Many people find it hard to stay on a diet for a long time. While on one hand, it can be frustrating because it certainly isn’t easy but you stay the course because you have a goal, and on the other hand, with all of the temptations out there like family dinners, work folks bringing in food, going out to lunch or dinner, etc., it can be somewhat overwhelming to actually stay on a diet. So, with that in mind, here are a few ideas for the person who struggles to keep on your diet.
Idea #1 - Always keep a meal or two with you.
No one says you can’t do the things you want to when you want to. If you’re at work, take a small cooler with your meals for the day. If it’s the weekend, take that same cooler and take meals for however long you plan to stay out. However, bring an extra meal or two if the unexpected happens like sitting in traffic or maybe you remembered you had to go to the mall to buy something for your kids. Having prepared food with you takes away all of the temptation.
Idea #2 - Eat before you leave the house.
This primarily applies to going out to lunch or dinner. Many times you go out to lunch with your friends or co-workers to shoot the breeze talking about sports, life, whatever. However, if you know that you will be going somewhere with lots of tempation before you go, you should eat your food at your desk. Sometimes, you even take it with you depending on where they are going (since some places frown on you taking food into their establishments). Same goes for dinner. Who says you can’t go out to dinner with your family and friends? Have a meal before you go. Or, if you don’t want to do that, take a protein shake with you in the car. Drink the shake as you arrive, then have a plain salad with some chicken on top. DONE!
Idea #3 - Learn how to say no!
This is probably the most difficult one, but the easiest at the same time. We talk often about the power of the mind. We're big believers in that and the same goes for these scenarios. YOU have the power to set your mind to a goal and stick to it. When a co-worker brings in cake for someone’s birthday, YOU have the power to say “no thank you.” Do you really think it offends them when you politely decline? At the end of the day, do you really think they’re upset? It's perfectly okay to just say no. You will still be a part of the festivities, but everyone should respect that you have a goal. They still might offere every time… but continue to polietly decline the majority of the time.