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11 Questions You Should Ask Before Starting A Diet

11 Questions You Should Ask Before Starting A Diet


As every beginning of the year, many people begin this month with new goals and goals to achieve. Many of these intentions have to do with the incorporation of healthy habits such as starting a diet, exercising or quitting smoking. Some of these people will manage to achieve and maintain their goals and others will stop doing it after a few days or weeks to start.

If your purpose is to start a diet, today I want to give you my vision of what we should ask ourselves before beginning to avoid falling into abandonment without achieving the initial objective set. Here are the questions you should ask yourself:

HAVE YOU EVER DIETED?


If the answer is "NO", go ahead, come to a dietitian - nutritionist, inform yourself and carry out a healthy and personalized diet to achieve your goal.

In case you have already tried it before, it is important that you avoid falling into a chronic diuretic process. This happens on numerous occasions when we start the diet in January, in March we abandon it, in June we will start it again, in summer we will leave it again, for September to start the process again ... and thus in a constant circle

THE IMPORTANCE OF CHANGING HABITS


At this point, it is important to work with dietitian-nutritionist to change habits, learn to eat what you like in a balanced way, to introduce new foods in your diet, to cook new recipes. In short, the diet allows you to assimilate new habits that accompany you for a lifetime and not just for 3 months. In this way, you will avoid constantly living with the "diet mentality".

It is also important that you analyze your specific case, what else it failed, to try to prevent it from happening again. If you want a different result you will have to do something different.

WHY DO YOU WANT TO DIET? WHAT DO YOU REALLY WANT TO GET?


Because I have to lose weight is not a reason ... What is your true and real motivation? Some examples?


  • Because I want to feel good about myself.
  • Because I want to be more agile.
  • I would like to participate/improve my brands in a sports competition.
  • I want to recover my sex life.
  • You can put a thousand examples, but you have to find yours.


ARE YOU 100% COMMITTED TO YOURSELF TO ACHIEVE THIS?


It does not serve a commitment of 90%, you need to be 100% committed to achieving your goal. Can you imagine being committed to your partner by 50%? The commitment is either total or not.

Nor is it that you transfer the responsibility to the professional who helps you in the process. The great part of the success in the process is in your commitment.


WHAT IMPEDIMENTS DO YOU THINK YOU CAN FIND WHEN IT COMES TO DIETING?


Some examples can be: not having time to cook, travel a lot, go hungry, fear of getting bored with the dishes, rejection of vegetables ...

What I recommend is that you look for possible solutions to these impediments so that when they arrive they are not a reason for abandoning the diet. For example: to practice batch cooking, to schedule trips and to find out what restaurants you can eat, to make a diet that is right for your energy needs, to look for new recipes or to go to a cooking course, eat food in a way that never before you made, etc.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR YOU TO DIET? IS IT POSITIVE OR NEGATIVE?


If you have a negative meaning for your diet, it is better not to start it, it is destined for failure. You have to perceive the diet as a gift that you make yourself, to improve your health, your self-esteem, your quality of life, etc. It's giving you a second chance to re-learn to eat in a different way, in accordance with your values and goals.

WHAT DO YOU WANT TO DO ONCE THE "FINISHED" DIET?


If you are thinking of eating everything that you have not been eating in the last weeks or months, and returning to your previous habits, the process will not have served you for anything. The goal must be to assimilate and consolidate healthy habits in your day to day life. A good diet is the one that never ends, but the one that has come to stay. Although it is clear that there are certain products and quantities that change from a slimming diet to maintenance, the basis should be the same.

DO YOU ENJOY EATING?


If the answer is negative, it will not cost you to follow a diet. If the answer is positive, it is important that you continue to enjoy food, even if you change your habits. You should always try to enjoy your intake throughout the day and the week.

EATING IS YOUR ONLY SOURCE OF PLEASURE OR THE MAIN THING OF YOUR DAY TO DAY?


Maybe it's not the time to make restrictions. Try to work to find an equivalent pleasure before making the diet. For example weaving, cooking, reading, doing sports, painting, dancing, etc.

CAN YOU HELP THINK ABOUT FOOD ALL DAY LONG AND END UP OBSESSING YOURSELF?


Try to involve, if possible, people in your environment to help you plan a menu, go shopping, cook ... so that you do not have all the responsibility and decisions involved. You will feel more liberated and you will not have to be thinking about the foods that you can or do not eat. In case you are alone, you can stick to a closed menu.

DO YOU HAVE INTERNALIZED MYTHS ABOUT FOOD?


Do you forbid yourself foods and/or products because you think they are not healthy or appropriate or that they are fattening? I advise you to correctly assess these beliefs and myths. The best place for this is the dietitian-nutritionist query. This point is important to avoid prejudicing certain foods that you can find in your diet.

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