It is that time of year again! The holiday season is upon us and the new year is just days away! People everywhere have decided that this year is going to be different, that they are going to start a new diet in 2022 and really stick to it this time! #NewYearNewMe
The question is, how to get started?
Keep reading for pro tips on how to successfully start a new year diet!
Set Realistic Goals
The first and most important step in starting a new year diet is setting realistic goals for yourself. While it is always great to dream big, when it comes to starting a new diet it is important to approach with a more realistic mindset.
Set goals that are attainable based on factors such as current mindset, motivation, and budget. When starting a new diet it is not a good idea to “quit cold turkey,” as major changes in your diet like this will likely lead to failure and disappointment, rather, take a step by step approach towards reaching that overarching goal.
For example, start off by seeking out healthier, low sugar, low carb products in grocery stores. Instead of reaching for the high cal juices, sodas, and beverages with added sugars and artificial flavors, reach for a natural, plant-based beverage like REZ that's loaded with antioxidants and vitamins.
Setting a goal like seeking out better alternatives to add to your grocery list is a simple adjustment you can make to get a head start on a successful new year diet!
Commitment is Key
Once you set a realistic diet goal, create a plan and commit to it! What are the steps you are going to take in order to achieve your goal? Not sure where to start? You are in luck, there are so many pre-set plans already out there to choose from!
For help planning your diet strategy, you can speak to a nutritionist, sign up for Weight Watchers, or follow any of the thousands of diet plans you can find online! When you establish what steps you are going to take in order to attain your goal, write it down and display your plan somewhere you can see it each day.
Having a clearly defined goal and strategy holds you accountable and ensures that there is no gray area in your plan. Sometimes it is hard to commit to a diet plan alone, another tip for success is to find a buddy to join you on your diet journey so you can hold one another accountable and motivate each other to keep up the good work!
Celebrate the Victories
Starting a new diet can be difficult, so celebrate every victory! When you reach milestones in your resolution, no matter how big or how small, pause to recognize your progress. Now, this doesn't mean you should grab a spoon and a pint of ice cream and blow all your hard work in one sitting, but a scoop of rocky road after a successful diet week won’t do any harm!
You can also reward yourself in other ways, enjoy a spa day, cozy up for a movie marathon, or make time for a nap for example. Rewards motivate us to keep going! If you totally deprive yourself, it'll be difficult to keep pushing through the hard days and you are more likely to give up on your goals. Make your new year diet a fun and exciting adventure!
Patience! Patience! Patience!
When starting a new diet it is important to understand that it's not all going to be smooth sailing. There will be good days and there will be days where it is hard to resist temptations, but it is all just part of the process.
A bad day here and there doesn’t mean you will never achieve your goal. So brush the dirt off your knees, get back up and keep going! You can’t achieve your goals overnight, trust the process, and have patience.