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When you've strayed away from having some structure in your dieting and workout life, getting back into things can be tough. Once you start, it seems the ball tends to keep rolling in the right direction, but sometimes you need a little extra help getting going.
Here are 5 of my tips to get back on track, and to help you stay on track, with your diet:
1. Preplan your meals: there are several approaches you can take for this. You can plan the day prior or you can make weekly menus that you rotate throughout the week. Having a plan gives you a higher chance of sticking to it.
2. Prep your food: I've mentioned this before, and that's because it really can be an asset. You can prep entire meals, or prep specific ingredients to put into a meal if you want to keep it more versatile. I always like to have a protein source prepped so I have no excuse not to hit my protein.
3 Try to avoid buying tempting foods: you know the saying, out of sight out of mind? Try using that to your advantage, after all it's a lot harder to snack on cookies if you have to make a specific trip to the store to get them. If you can't avoid buying these foods, keep them in an inconvenient place out of sight to help reduce the potential for mindless snacking.
4. Volume volume volume: a great way to work towards a better diet is increasing the amount of high volume, low calorie vegetables (and some fruits) into your diet. This helps with satiety as well as increasing fiber intake and associated vitamins and minerals. Not a veggie person? Work towards adding a little at a time.
5. Don't beat yourself up: no one has a perfect diet 24/7. Time off from dieting or slip ups or whatever you want to call it, happen. The important thing is you acknowledge it but then move on and don't dwell on it. Every meal is an opportunity to make a positive choice.