Dieting: when it gets HARD!
This time of the year can be an absolute madhouse in the first place, let alone having to worry about what to eat and how much to eat. The idea of adding in a diet plan can be anxiety-inducing for many people because of the extra thought that it requires, and the planning... don't get me started about the planning!
Sticking to a diet doesn't have to be this way though! Even though perfection is always a great thing to strive for, it isn't always possible and showing yourself the grace can be valuable in moments of weakness... like when you ate a few more slices of the chocolate cake than you intended to.
And it all circles back to my favorite rule:
The Majority Rule. The idea is that what you do a majority of the time, will make up for what you do a minority of the time!
Yeah yeah yeah... so you ate some extra cake. BUT what about the day before when you decided to get a quick run in before you headed off to wrap those presents that you just bought? Or the choices you made the entire week prior to this "cake-tastrophe" when you tracked all your meals and got really close to your goal macros?
You sticking to your goals 80-90% of the year will overshadow those few weaker moments on holidays and the occasional night out. So show yourself grace, start over again when you over-indulge, and do 1% better each day (that could be a whopping 365% better by the end of the year, say whaaaaaat?!)
HOW To Do 1% Better:
So you are ready to prepare yourself for the next holiday season in hopes of avoiding the mistakes that were made during this one?
Here are some tricks I use and find extremely useful:
Eat your protein first- be it turkey, ham, roast beef or garbanzo beans! And then you can enjoy the sides and sweets.
Eat until you are 80% full, do not stuff yourself silly!
Chew slower and more. This helps your body digest the food better but also it will slow your eating down and allow you to feel full sooner.
Portion sizes are key. Put less on your plate when you are going through the food line at a family get-together, forcing you to get up more often for more food.
Use these tricks the next time you find yourself at an all you can eat buffet, a New Year's Eve party, or any other opportunity for a diet to go off the rails.