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Diet: Some tips to keep motivated
Health & Fitness
So you're starting with a diet plan, huh?
Keeping motivated with a diet can be pretty tricky. Here are some advices to keep you motivated with your new YOU
One: you are not a sheep!
If you live with other people and share meals with them, it gets hard to keep up with a diet. Remember: you don't have to share the same food they eat, what fits for them may not fit for you. Cook your own meals and explain to them that you are not a sheep, you can't always follow the group.
Different people require different things
Two: toxic people will always be toxic!
We all have that toxic "friend" who will (on purpose or not) discourage us from any and every goal.
Things like "are you really going on with that diet!?", "you should try this instead...", "that CAN'T be healthy!" or "I met this person (insert person name here) who was really into that diet and died/got sick/got flaccid/didn't lose any weight/other tormenting reason to stop" should be avoided.
As long as you did your research and are sure if it is reliable and safe or not, the only people who should advice you should be your Doctor.
Get rid of toxicity
Three: you are the one aware of your portions.
Always remember: either out of concern or for any other motives, there will always be someone questioning your portions. "Is that enough? Shouldn't you eat more of this and less of that? How do you keep your energy with such few calories/day? And (once again...) that CAN'T be healthy!" these are as common as drinking water.
Remind the persons who surround you that you are the one aware of your portions. But remember: you should keep a track of your health with your doctor.
Portions depend on who's eating them
Four: that person who fights for "what's within"
This person feels alone, and doesn't want FOR SURE to be even more alone. This person fears changes, fears that you'll get away once you're slim, fears to be depicted as the fatty of the group, fears a lot of things.
This is the person who will tell you "you don't need to get slim, please quit it, you are a beautiful person on the inside and that's all that matters." but you know that's not ALL that matters. Remember him/her that you have goals, either for your physical health or your psychological well-being. Or both!
Don't let people ask you to quit on yourself
Five: keep a journal
Keeping a journal will make you feel more committed with your goal. You can keep it the old fashion way, like in a locked notebook or you can use an app (for example, Noom).
You can also keep a photo log of both your body and your meals, so that you can compare your progress with previous photos.
Keep a journal and a photo log
Six: the list
As soon as you start feeling like quitting, grab a piece of paper and write down a list of reasons why you want to quit.
In other piece of paper, write down the reasons why you should go on.
After that, try to reason what's the path to follow: are the reasons who took you there as valid as they looked like in the very beginning? Are the reasons for quitting impossible to overcome?
Note: you will find out that usually it is worthy to go on ;)
Listing your reasons can help you to go on
Last but not least: good people with good goals
Surround yourself with people who've been through the same kind of experience and take them as examples to follow. Either an old schoolmate or an online friend, or any other. Ask for tips and be aware that they can help you to get motivated. If they did it, why shouldn't you be able to do it too?
A good group will push you forward!
Hope you enjoyed :) I wish you all the luck and strength you need to improve yourself :)