Does dieting ever get easier?

Dieting is tough! For many it is too tough to try. For some it’s too tough to maintain. And for others it’s a painful grind. So at what point does dieting get easier if at all?

I’ve tried many diets. Some I’ve maintained for long periods of time but some I’ve also failed. But what I’ve realised is what the real road block is, is breaking the habit of poor food choices!

This road block, For me, usually comes into play at about the third to fourth week. It is the breaking point. If I manage to sustain a diet for this amount of time all of a sudden the future weeks become alot easier and all becomes alot less of a grind.

This break through is all down to breaking the bad habits I’ve adopted around eating unhealthy. Once you get the momentum of a good solid routine of healthy food choices your brain starts to forget about any alternate unhealthy ways of eating. This process is the breaking point of your diet, although it is most likely the hardest time of your diet; It is the most important!

So from my personal experience if you have struggled from maintaining diets in the past. Try put everything you’ve got into getting past that three to four week milestone, and I can promise you. You will stop battling and start working with your new diet you have set yourself up for.

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Myfitnesspal- Do I think it’s worth the hassle? (Honest review)

Myfitnesspal is a fitness app which is the absolute go to app for tracking your fitness goals. If that would be a macro nutrient goal, micro nutrient goal or even just a calorie deficit or surplus diet. Whatever your dietary tracking requirements, this app is going to be your fitness pal to help you with it!

This app will even link up with other fitness devices. For example, a fitbit. A fitbit will count your steps and will track those calories burnt and work them into your daily calorie intake etc. You can even manually type in any exercise you’ve done and calories lost and work them in. However weightlifting on the other hand will not monitor your calories, and will not work them into your daily calorie intake. But come on give the app a break, it still sounds pretty amazing right?

Well yes, even though tracking weight lifting activities is not very effective on the app, many serious weight lifters will still use the app. Because they’re on the app for their dietary needs which is just as important if not more important then just tracking a session.

So what makes it so diet effective? Being able to see what calorific and nutritional value your food has is a real eye opener and will play a crucial part in hitting your dietary goals. How do you know if you’ve got enough protein if you haven’t actually counted how much protein you’ve put into your body?

So how do you track what’s in your food? Well there is several ways to take a reading from your food. Some easier and more accurate then others but here’s a quick overview

  • Scan the barcode on your food packaging using your phone camera (In app)
  • Type in the number on your barcode
  • Search for the food on the food search bar (database)
  • Type in the nutritional information on the food packaging

All these methods will bring up the item you will be consuming or create the item you will be consuming. However how much you eat of the item will vary and may involve you weighing exactly how much you will be consuming for the most accurate results. However people do estimate but I would recommend weighing items for atleast a week or so, so you can get the feel for how things work, and how much a food weighs (I think you will be surprised with some food products).

This blog isn’t an in-depth guide into how myfitness pal works so I won’t bore you with the ins and outs of it, but I will be sure to give you a link to a good video to learn from if you haven’t yet had a go.
https://youtu.be/me_s_U-xzQY

So no doubt about it, it all does sound like ALOT of hassle. Recording absolutly everything you put into your mouth is very time consuming and can be very tedious. So the big question is…

Is myfitnesspal worth the hassle?

In my personal experience I will say it is worth the hassle. Even though it is that extra thing to worry about in your busy day, and does bring that extra bit of work and thought into every meal you make; It is 100% worth it!

I’ve personally lost 6kg in a month due to just tracking my calories and keeping myself on a calorie deficit diet. Without tracking all my food, there is no way I could have managed to get all the correct portion sizes. And even more importantly actually know how many calories the food I was eating had in it!

I believe that this app really does give you that extra insight into the nutritional industry without spending big money to get a personal nutitionalist. So if you really are serious about your dietary needs, please download the app and have ago!

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Tips for maintaining that killer diet

Diets are no doubt an amazing tool to reach any goal in your fitness journey. If that would be for gaining muscle or losing fat, dieting is going to play a huge part in it!

However, although a diet is such a great thing to do, it is no doubt a hard thing to do and even harder thing to maintain. Alot of us will eventually build up the willpower after alot of thinking and contemplating, start it and then fail with in a matter of weeks or maybe even days. Even though we are fully aware of the benefits of the chosen diet and how it can benefit you.

So how can we maintain that killer diet? Well from personal experience I can tell you that it is hard and does take some strong inner willpower at times no matter what. But I have also picked up some great tips over the years and these may be the tips you need to maintain that diet and get the killer results you want.

Don’t let yourself get too hungry. When we get too hungry, we get sloppy. It is without a doubt alot easier to drive by a mcdonalds when you’ve just filled yourself up on some healthy food choices, compared to when you’re running on empty. When we are hungry our emotions are running high and the excuses start rolling in. I’m not saying dont let yourself feel hungry again and stuff your face at every available opportunity. But if you are vulnerable to poor food choices when hungry, maybe try not to let yourself get too hungry inbetween meals. A good trick is to always keep a healthy snack in your car or in your bag at work. Dont let the hunger get the better of you!

Preparation is key. Always try to prepare your meals ahead of time and even multiple meals if you know that you will be tight for time that day. How far you plan your meals is completly up to you, some people like to cook their meals one or two meals in advance whilst others like to prepare for the week ahead. But which ever your preferred way of preparing your healthy meals, you’ve got to make sure you follow through and do it. If you’re not preparing to succeed, then you’re preparing to fail.

Clear the cupboards. Let’s be honest, craving for those snacks round the house can be a real distraction to your diet and an even bigger problem if you let those cravings get the best of you. To help keep the unhealthy snacking at bay, get rid of any unhealthy snacks in your house. This way, you won’t have any sweets staring at you day in, day out waiting for you to crumble. out of sight, out of mind!

Stay motivated. And finally, do all you can to stay motivated. We all struggle at times no matter what and sometimes just remembering why you started is all you may need to keep you going! Maybe look at some fitness role models and try to reinspire yourself. Or maybe just looking at how far you’ve came is all you need to give you that extra push of momentum.

Hopefully these tips will help you out next time you find yourself struggling and reaching for those takeaway menus. These are only some tips that might help you out, if you think I’ve missed any then please comment and share. Just might be what somebody needs for that extra push!