Every now and then you blow your diet. It’s completely normal, and something you can expect to happen. You can’t stick religiously to someone 100% of the time, but you need to find ways to pull yourself back once you do have your weekend or night time binge. Here are six tips to get back on track and pick yourself up after blowing your diet.
Draw a Line Under It
One bad meal or bad day is not going to ruin the long term effects. It’s important to draw a line under it, admit that it happened but be ready to move on.
Get back on your diet as soon as possible, and acknowledge why it happened in the first place. You will be able to use those lessons learnt the next time you struggle with control.
Stop Forcing Yourself to Make It Up
It’s normal to start restricting your diet just to be able to pull it all back in time for your weigh-in. This is one of the worst things that you can do.
The last thing you want to do is restrict anything from your diet, and then struggle to curb the next cravings that you have. Remember to stop panicking and focus getting back on track.
Know What Causes the Problems
Find out what the cause of your blowouts is. You will have more than one over the lifetime of your diet.
However, you can control them from happening. Is it a certain time of month? Does one feeling set you off? The more you know, the more you can plan ahead for it happening in the future.
Get Rid of the Problem Foods
Don’t let yourself be tempted by the food in your house again. Get rid of any of the foods that trigger your binges, especially those that will trigger the downward spiral for the rest of the week.
If you can’t bring yourself to get rid of them, ask someone in the house to hide them for you and only bring the out in moderation.
Focus on Drinking Water
You’re not hungry; not most of the time anyway. There are high chances that you are actually thirsty. It is time to drink more water.
This will stop you wanting to snack as much, and can help curb the feelings of wanting to binge. You will find that controlling the blow out is much easier when your body has the water that it needs.
Write Everything Down
Be honest with yourself to find out how off track you are. You may find that it is not as bad as you thought. Get a pen and paper and track down every little thing that you ate.
Don’t be tempted to leave that one biscuit or the chocolate out. You’re only cheating yourself from the figure of your dreams. Once you know the damage, you can then focus on a plan of attack to get yourself back on track.