Being overly critical about cheating on your diet can be worst than the act of cheating on your diet itself.
You see, when you are constantly beating yourself up over every mistake, you make your weight loss process a process filled with a lot of negative emotions, and who wants to something that makes them feel bad.
It’s important to understand that trying to lose weight is like anything else, in that in the beginning, you’re probably not going to be all that great at and will make a lot of beginner mistakes.
Hopefully, what will happen is that you will eventually start to learn from your beginner mistakes and make them less and become better at dieting.
The problem is that many dieters never learn from their mistakes. As a result, they get stuck in the beginner phase. They get stuck in a cycle of starting, then quitting, and then restarting diets.
They may start a diet and then cheat on the diet and get quit. Then maybe sometime later they start trying to diet again and start a new diet, and they find themselves keeping cheating on their diet. and this cycle goes on and on. Each time they quit there diet it may be for the same reason.
Making mistakes is apart of any venture or pursuit, and your ability to learn from your mistakes will ultimately determine your success.
In this article, we will teach you how to learn from and ultimately overcome dieting mistakes constructively.
How To Deal With Cheating On Your Diet:
1. Don’t Be Overly Critical
Often, when we make mistakes like cheat on our diets, we get so upset with ourselves for not having the willpower. We become so critical of ourselves for making that particular mistake as if we were the only person that ever made that mistake. It’s important to realize that mistakes that make like cheating on your diet countless of other or most if not all dieters make. So your not uniquely bad a dieting.
2. Uncover The “Why”
You don’t want to beat yourself but you do want to learn from it. You learn from it by uncovering the “why”
So whenever you cheat on your diet, instead of just summing it up to lack of willpower. Really try to scratch beneath the surface to uncover the “why” of why you cheated on your diet.
Maybe you cheated on your diet because something stressful happened at work earlier in the day, and you turned to food for comfort, or perhaps you cheated on your diet because you were bored at home, so you turned to food for stimulation to break the boredom.
Maybe you cheated on your diet because your diet was just too strict, and so you were developing food cravings that you finally ended up giving in to.
There is always an underlying reason “why” you cheated on your diet, and you need to uncover it.
3. Create A Game Plan
Once you identify the “why” behind why you broke your diet, it’s vital to set up a game plan to prevent it from happening in the future.
If you broke your diet because you were bored, maybe you need to develop a better schedule. If you broke your diet because of emotional stress, perhaps you need to find better ways to deal with stress, or maybe you need to find ways to avoid stressful situations in the first place. If you broke your diet because you want to eat foods you crave, maybe you need to find a way to put incorporate, squeeze that food or comparable foods into your diet.
4. Make A Journal
You want to make a journal because as you will find that there are many causes of you to break your diet. Making a journal will help you remember and keep track of the different things that cause you to cheat on your diet. In your journal, you also want to write down the games plans to prevent these causes from causing you to cheat on your diet.
5. Be Patient With Yourself
You still may make mistakes, even knowing these things. Relax, you are getting better even if you are still making mistakes.
6. Practice Mindfulness Training
Mindfulness training can be great because it can be a proactive way to make fewer mistakes. You see, a lot of dieting mistakes thrive off of emotion and impulse. Mindfulness training, in general, makes you less emotionally volatile and less impulsive.