Tips for Staying on Your Diet

We live in such an image conscious world that being overweight can make life really tough. It is enough to drive some people into the depths of depression and, in some cases, even to suicide.

Going on a diet sounds like an easy decision to make when you are overweight, but it is anything but simple. For a diet to have any effect, you have to be willing to figure out a new and healthier menu, plan an exercise schedule, and then stick carefully to both. That can be challenging even for people who possess great willpower, let alone average folks.

Are you having trouble sticking to your diet? Don’t quit just yet because it is still possible to turn things around and achieve positive results. It won’t be easy, but the following suggestions can definitely help to ease things and allow you to achieve your goal faster.

The Buddy System

Do you know anyone else who is looking to shed a few pounds? Having someone doing it with you can help make a daunting prospect seem easier. That friendship and moral support can make it easier to stick to your diet, and it’s always more fun to exercise with someone else than to go at it alone. You will also be able to easily share tips that are helping.

Talk to a Dietician

It’s one thing to read about fad diets online and try to guess what will work; it’s quite another to come up with a plan under the supervision of a professional dietician. Going the latter route will cost you some money, but there is a much better chance you will meet your goals faster. It will also help you meet all of your body’s caloric needs more effectively than trying to guess.

Exercise

Eating right is a big part of losing weight, but you will succeed much faster if you incorporate regular exercise. You should already be doing about a half hour a day; increase that in order to lose weight. For safety sake, check with your doctor before starting any form of vigorous exercise. He or she will advise you on whether this is a good plan given your current weight and physical condition.

Easy Ways to Save Money

Every day it seems we are bombarded with new warnings that we are not saving enough money for our retirement years. In fact, a sizeable percentage of Canadians are having to live cheque to cheque. So, what can you do to rectify the fact that too much of your cheque is just not going as far as it used to? Here are a few easily implemented ideas:

Be Careful What You Collect

Many people say they collect certain items because they view them as an investment. Well, unless you are collecting gold, there is no way to know for sure what will have some value in the years to come. You’re better off keeping that money in the bank.

Don’t Buy Immediately

How often have you experienced Buyer’s Regret purchasing something as soon as it hits the market, only for the price to go down a few weeks later. Or decided that you didn’t actually want the thing after all. Wait a few weeks, say 4-6, and then decide whether you really wish to own the item. In many cases, once that time has passed, you will find it easy to pass up.

Cut Back on Restaurant Meals

Yes, it fun and convenient to eat out, but you pay for both of those privileges. Make dining out something special by only doing it once a month or for very special occasions.

Make Clothing Last Longer

Trends come and go; just ignore them and wear what you want instead of buying new clothes every few months. Also, repair those old clothes instead of just tossing them out.

Sell Old Items

Many people just consign old, unused things to closets, basements, or attics. In fact, some of these may well be worth money. Hold a garage sale, or list them on an internet auction site, like ebay or Kijiji.