I don’t know how many diets you have been through, but let me tell you, if you don’t have the right mindset, chances are you are not going to succeed. In fact, if you are like most people, your experience will fit a very familiar pattern. First, you are excited about the diet and you follow the directions very carefully.
Thanks to your careful dietary guidelines, and your eager compliance, you start losing a lot of weight. So far, so good, right? This keeps up for a few more weeks. But sooner or later, the pounds start coming back.
Next, things go from bad to worse. You start gaining more weight than when you began your diet. Isn’t the whole point of going on a diet to lose weight? Sadly, most diets are gateways, believe it or not, to additional weight; talk about a frustrating situation.
A diet should not be thought of as a temporary solution to getting rid of extra weight, it should be looked at like a boot camp that whips you back into shape so that you can lead a healthier lifestyle after you end the diet. Diets are basic training for a healthy lifestyle.
The problem is, many forget all of their training experience as soon as they reach their goal, or in most cases, begin getting close to their goal. A piece of cake here, a bar of chocolate there, no one will know the difference right?
The difference, however, is that you never finished your training to exercise discipline surrounding your urges for treats.
The reason why people go through this all too familiar and tragic pattern is that they don’t have the right mindset. It doesn’t matter whether you are trying to adopt the keto diet, the paleo diet, the Atkins diet, the Ornish, or any other weight loss program, without the right mindset, you are playing the game to lose.
At the very least, you should adopt these three basic mindsets that will ensure keto diet success.
Assume That You Can Do It
It’s very easy to get excited about the testimonials included in many diet plans. You look at the before-and-after pictures and you and you get all pumped up.
Please understand that a lot of those pictures are exaggerated. In fact, a lot of plans that are very shady even use photoshopped pictures. Losing 10 pounds in one week is very unrealistic if you stop and do the math on some of these testimonials.
Look for a weight loss plan with a community of REAL PEOPLE. These plans include communities like DailyRegimens.com, WW, and other reputable programs. When you base your weight loss goals on reality and you see real people achieving their goals and you go through the process with them, you will stay motivated.
This is why it’s really important to assume that you can achieve success with the keto diet. Not the case study pictures, not the people giving testimonials, we are talking about you. If you can’t make this assumption, then it’s going to be a rough road ahead for you.
Begin With What You Have
One common reason why people fail with diets is that they think that they have to transform into a completely different person. Alternatively, they believe that their circumstances or their situations need to change so dramatically so as to ensure success.
When people think along these lines, they’re basically just giving themselves excuses for either not trying, or for expecting bad results. Believe me, I can understand why people do this. If you have been let down by diet after diet, it’s very easy to become jaded.
In fact, in many cases, it’s very easy to expect failure. After all, you’ve gone through the familiar process of initially losing weight, and then gaining it all back. It becomes an old story, and it’s only a matter of time until your heart is broken again.
This is why you think that you should change everything that you can possibly change, to lay the groundwork for ultimate success. Again, you’re making things unnecessarily harder on yourself. It doesn’t have to be like this. You don’t have to move heaven and earth to create optimal conditions.
Do you know why? Conditions are never perfect. There will never be a time when your circumstances will be just right for you to ensure success.
It doesn’t matter what discipline level you have. It doesn’t matter what else is going on in your life. It doesn’t matter whether you feel good about yourself. All that matters is that you are ready, willing, and able to begin with what you have and assume that this will work for you.
Enjoy Your Food According to the Rules You Choose
Another key “pillar” for keto diet success involves the issue of control. Another reason people fail with diets is because they think they are putting some sort of dietary straitjacket on themselves. For instance, they don’t normally like a certain taste, but since they’re switching over to a new diet, they force themselves to like a certain range of flavors.
Let me tell you, it’s only a matter of time until your old self rears its ugly head. It’s only a matter of time until you go back to how you normally eat. This is a very frustrating situation. It’s as if you are doing really well, and you’re making all these changes, and then you self-sabotage.
This is why it’s really important to focus on enjoying your food. This is not an ordeal. This is not some sort of punishment. This is not some sort of situation where you feel that you are denying yourself. Instead, the keto diet should be a celebration of taste. It all really boils down to enjoying your food according to keto rules.
There’s no need to become somebody else. There’s no need to change your taste buds. There’s no need to go through any of that. Instead, allow yourself to enjoy the flavor range that you are already enjoying.
Now here’s the thing, even if you have a sweet tooth, you’re going to have to minimize that. That’s the only change, but for everything else, whether you like sour foods, salty foods, or definitely fatty foods, you should be fine. But you must manage your sweet tooth.
I’m not going to lie to you and say that you can adopt these mindsets overnight. After all, the way you see things, and the way you expect things to play out, have been with you for a long time. You’ve grown accustomed to thinking about food a certain way.
But if you change your mindset according to the 3 key pillars above, adopting the keto diet will become easier, and it is more likely to stick.
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