5 Tips to Help You Stick to Your Diet Plan

     The pounds have been steadily creeping up on you and you’ve decided to do something about it. You’ve done your research and have decided on the diet plan that is the best fit for you. Picking a healthy diet plan is the first step. However, the hard part is sticking to the healthy diet plan.

     I’ve started and stopped my share of diets in the past. Finding a diet that is nutritious is the easy part of the process, following the diet is the difficult part.  While dieting can be full of triumphs and setbacks, the following tips will help you increase your chance of success.  Don’t worry, if you fall off the diet wagon don’t give up, persistence will pay off.

Tip 1: Keep only food you should eat in the house

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If there is a bag of chips or a box of cookies in the house they will call your name until you polish off the bag.  Don’t keep foods that tempt you in the house.  If there are others in the house with you they should treat sabotage food like contraband: hide it from you.

I understand how hard it is to resist all that yummy food at the grocery store. Sometimes I don’t even know how those cookies got into my cart and then to my pantry. I have found that if I make a list for the grocery store I can gather strength needed to pass up the snack aisle and head to the fruits and vegetables.

Tip 2: Take a walk   

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Not just a walk to get fit, a walk to get away from the temptation.  Maybe you only have those 100 calorie cookie packs in the house.  But guess how many calories that will be if you eat 6 of them at one time. When you feel that you can’t resist the second and third pack, go for a walk to get out of the house.

When you come back from the walk you will have built up the will power needed to avoid temptation. You will also have burned some calories.

Tip 3: Brush your teeth

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Your Dentist will love this tip.  I have found that I can often hold strong against the sweets craving if I brush my teeth.  I don’t know why this works for me but it just does.

Tip 4: Try roller skating

Okay, you don’t have to roller skate.  Find an activity that you like to do and you will be more likely to stick to it.  If you don’t like to jog, don’t force yourself.  Like to garden? Then have the best looking garden in the neighborhood.  Activity is good and it keeps you out of the kitchen pantry.

I often eat when I’m bored or sitting in front of the computer and the television.  Staying busy means I avoid the activities that trigger my cravings.

Tip 5: Diet with a friend

Find someone who is supportive.  You can always phone a friend when you are tempted to cheat on your diet.  They can talk you off the ledge and help you be successful in your diet. 


     Successful weight loss requires lifestyle changes that can be difficult to maintain.  We all know that adopting a healthy diet and exercise plan is a key to losing weight. However, food that is bad for us just tastes so darn good.

     If you fall off the diet wagon and ended up eating that whole pack of Double Stuffed Oreo cookies, don’t give up.  Phone your diet friend, take a walk and resolve to stick to your diet plan tomorrow.  Some weeks just maintaining the weight loss is all I can accomplish, that’s okay.  If you follow a regime of healthy eating and activity the pounds will stay off and you can celebrate your success with a smaller clothing size.