Diets have gotten us into trouble because they continue to have people thinking they have to eat food they hate in order to lose weight. Lots of salads, dry chicken breasts and so forth. Unfortunately, restricting yourself to foods you don’t like is a way to guarantee you won’t be successful. And, even if you’re successful short term, you probably won’t make it very long.
The truth is you do not have to eat food you don’t like in order to make progress! You don’t. It turns out there are plenty of delicious healthy foods out there you DO like. So, we like for you to go through the list of fruits, vegetables, proteins, carbs and healthy fats and circle your very favorite ones. Then, plan your food so that you’re eating those most of the time. In this way, you’re setting yourself up for success. This way, you’re eating food you enjoy while also being healthy. You’re building healthy habits that will offer less resistance to keeping them long term.
Here’s a worksheet you can download to help jog your brain.
Here’s your game plan:
- Don’t eat food you hate. It doesn’t improve your relationship with food or with yourself. In fact, it makes it worse.
- Create a list of healthy foods you enjoy and look forward to.
- Plan your diet with those foods, tweaking as needed to meet your goals.
- Enjoy the ride to your health goals.
PS: If any of this resonated with you, we’d love to work with you 1-on-1. We teach our clients how to build a body they love and change habits slowly to match their goals. In a world with fake quick fixes, we help them adapt a lifestyle that they’ll want to keep. If that resonates with you, please get in touch with the form below!