How to Stick to a Diet Without Feeling Deprived
This year, as we’re stuffing ourselves like a turkey (with turkey), it’s important to think about the “non-negotiables” in your life. Because you can’t stick to a diet if you’re only depriving yourself of everything that makes life worth living.
With the holidays officially here, most people indulge, indulge, indulge…and don’t even think about getting back on track with their fitness and nutrition until January. But instead of having a list of things you shouldn’t eat or shouldn’t do, give yourself permission to enjoy the things in your life that are non-negotiable.
What’s Your Non-Negotiable?
Let’s say that you work really hard and Saturday morning pancakes with the family is what gets you through the week. Should you really give that up just to lose a little more weight? I don’t think so. Or maybe Friday night wings and beer is a tradition with your wife. That’s quality time that you can’t get back, so maybe that’s a non-negotiable for you.
If you come from an Italian family like me, maybe pasta and meatballs on Sunday with your grandma, aunts, uncles, and cousins is something you refuse to give up. You shouldn’t have to!
Once you have your non-negotiables, it’s a lot easier to negotiate everything else because you won’t feel like you’re missing out on everything you enjoy. You have that weekend tradition to look forward to, so it’s easier to stick to a diet and choose a salad over a cheeseburger at lunch.
Set Your Fitness Boundaries
They key to success here is to not go too extreme with this. If your wine is non-negotiable, but that equals a bottle every night, you’re probably undermining your fitness and nutrition goals. A glass of wine every other night or so is a reasonable goal for a non-negotiable.
Come up with a list of non-negotiables in your life (fitness or otherwise). Write them down if you have to. This is what you should stick to during the holidays and throughout 2019. It works and it’s a good way to start.
Besides, it’s not the occasional indulgences that’ll undo your hard work, it’s your day-to-day living.
Enjoy the holidays, and keep moving,