There is probably no one who didn’t try a diet at least once in his life. Everyone tried, both with the intention of losing weight or to improve health. Usually, we start on Monday.

From now on we are on a diet, we have a lot of motivation and faith that this time we will be able to lose extra kilograms. In the following days of the week it is a bit harder, the eagerness cools, but we do not give up yet. After all, the body needs time to adapt the new situation. At the weekend we are just giving ourselves pleasure, in cosequence we come to the conclusion that this diet is not so necessary for us.

We joyfully cheat sadness and frustration with a sweet snack or a forbidden meal. A moment of joy, then remorse and a note of disappointment with yourself. How is it and why is it so hard to persevere in the diet? What is the source of failure? Where did the yo-yo effect come from? And do you finally have to be on a diet to lose weight?

A healthy eating style should be based primarily on balance. One should not approach the topic of nutrition for tasks and treat the body like machines. It is also worth paying attention to the psychological aspect and emotions that accompany us when we eat or when we lose weight.

What should the diet be to keep its effects for a long time?

First of all, balanced and holistic. You can not think only about the reduction and balance of micro and macroelements. Numbers, but the body is not a computer. The most important thing is to listen to it and respond to the signals it sends us. In planning meals it is worth taking into account not only the energy value, but also the nutritional value. Do not forget that food is a source of energy, but also pleasure. The sense is to base your diet on what is good and wholesome, and at the same time tasty for you. Food should be fun and not be a source of frustration.

No one needs the stress associated with constant recitation. Then the diet becomes a punishment and compulsion, not a path to well-being and health. The stressed body does not cooperate. Perhaps as a result of a restrictive diet it will be possible to lose weight. But still it will be different in the case of the percentage of body fat in body weight. Making informed choices is much wiser and brings the goal closer to reality. If, for example, at the beginning of the diet it is difficult to give up. from fast food, let’s try to find a healthier version – preferably one prepared at home. Respect for your body and long-distance goals will allow you to enjoy a healthy and slim figure for a long time. Patience will pay off.

You can lose weight and do not get crazy, all you need is a healthy approach and getting rid of common mistakes that are a simple path to failure.

Too much and too fast

There is a possibility to increase the chance of success. If, in small steps we will improve our menu, giving ourselves time to get used to it.  The most important thing is to maintain balance and avoid too much tension associated with weight loss and diet.

Too restrictive

You can throw away all fruits, dairy products, eggs, fatty meats, sweets, bread, potatoes from the diet. You can start eating only with lettuce and chicken poured with olive oil. But why? Forbidden fruit tastes best, so after some time we can start to feel the need for what we have eliminated. Then there is the fear that we will lose control and all our ambitious plans will go head-on. The diet does not have to mean refusing everything, and certainly not products that provide us with important ingredients. Even for small delicacies and fat-rich snacks there will be room.

Too perfect approach

How to do something, it’s 100%. But is always this approach beneficial to our mental health? Do we not generate unnecessary remorse and obsessional thinking about food in this way? It’s worth applying the 80/20 rule here. Observing the diet in 80% percent gives measurable benefits and it is enough to achieve the intended effect. And by the way, allows for minor (I mark, minor! J) burps, for example during a social meeting or going out to the city. All you need to do is to keep moderation within these 20%. And instead of eating the whole sheet of cake, enjoy one piece.

Short-term thinking

It’s not worth setting deadlines. It is also not worth thinking about the diet as something temporary, which ends. That’s why we improve our eating habits, to keep them, it’s an investment forever. We change our lifestyle, from now on we feed better, because we want to look good and enjoy good health. If we end the reduction overnight and let go of the belt, it will get us yo-yo, which is sometimes cruel.

Unadapted diet

Food is an individual matter, everyone likes something else and has the right to do so. Everyone also has a different need for individual ingredients, for calories, other culinary skills and the amount of free time. Therefore, the diet should be adapted to your individual needs. It must not be allowed not only to lack of valuable ingredients, but also to boredom. In addition, it is important not to limit the calorific value too much, which most people unfortunately have a tendency to. Too low energy supply strongly slows the metabolism, which makes slimming difficult. In turn, too high does not generate a negative energy balance and the effect is the same.