For most of us, following a low carb diet is not all that difficult, at least in the beginning. After all, it is one of the few diets that provide almost instantaneous gratification. It is entirely possible for some people to lose between 10 and 15 pounds in the first couple of weeks, but then your weight loss starts to slow down. This is when it can get difficult to stay motivated and avoid temptation. If you are dieting, it’s bound to happen. Fortunately, the following tips are designed to ensure you stay diet motivated and achieve the weight loss results you desire.
- Focus on the yummy foods you can eat.
Yes, you may have to avoid some of the foods you love, but a low carb diet still offers plenty of delicious options to choose from. What others diets encourage butter, cream, steak, ribs, and omelets? Concentrate on the positives (what you can eat) instead of the negatives (foods you should not eat) and you will find that it is much easier to stay motivated.
- Find some low carb substitutes for your favorite foods.
Undoubtedly, when people veer off their low fat diet it is usually because they get an intense craving they just can’t ignore. You know what the foods are you just can’t stay away from. Go ahead and take the time to put Google to the test. Search for low carb alternatives and have the recipes ready to go. Need some ideas?
- For example, if you love pizza, try low carb tortilla pizza.
- If you crave spaghetti, try low carb zucchini pasta, or another delicious pasta substitute. They’re actuall delicious!
- Love cereal? Look no further than Cinnamon Crunch Cereal.
If your cabinets are full of cereal, cookies, and pasta, it is time to get rid of it. (It is much easier to avoid a craving if you will have to go out to the grocery store in the middle of the night and get it). If your family insists on having carbs in the house, ask them to put these foods somewhere out of sight and not tell you where. Remember the old adage “out of sight, out of mind”.
- In the event of a setback, do not allow it to completely derail you.
Okay, you just ate a couple of pieces of pizza with your friends. It is over and there is nothing you can do but move on. There are going to be times when you give into temptation; it is simply human nature. However, once you realize what you have done, go right back to your low carb diet. Do not use your slip up as an excuse to keep enjoying carbs for the rest of the day, week, month, etc. Also, don’t beat yourself up too much – getting too fixated on always perfectly adhering to a diet is a great way to end up with disordered eating patterns. Sometimes you’ll slip up, and that’s fine – just don’t make a habit of it!
- Make your scale your friend.
One of the best ways to stay motivated (and to track your progress) is to weigh yourself every day. Sounds counterintuitive, right? Personally, when I know I’ve been…not exactly rigorous…with my diet, I hate the thought of stepping on there and seeing what it says. But weighing yourself every day is a great way to keep yourself accountable, and has the added bonus of really letting you tie what you eat to your weight – so you can easily see if your calorie count is too high and you need to adjust, etc.
Of course, your weight will tend to fluctuate day-to-day with water intake, carb intake, and a whole bunch of other factors. So to keep things consistent, weigh yourself at the same time every day (I like to do it in the morning, before I’ve eaten), and take an average for the week. Ignore minor fluctuations – instead, look at the overall trend of your weight. Is it going down, week-to-week? Up? Staying the same? Doing this is one of the best things you can do to keep yourself accountable and keep track of your progress, and I highly recommend it.
Following a low carb diet plan may not always be fun, but it will help you achieve the weight loss goals you are working toward. Using the tips above to keep you motivated will help you finally reach your goal.