There is one thing that can side track your diet plans that can be difficult to control and that’s guilt. Many of us make mistakes when trying live healthier and letting those mistakes eat away at you can eventually cause you to give up. There are however ways to beat the guilt. With a bit of positive thinking, you can conquer guilt and stick your diet.
Focus on the Positives
Whenever you start to feel guilty about something you just ate, focus on something positive you’ve recently done. It might be a walk, the amount of weight you’ve lost, etc. The key though is to not overlook your mistake, but to remember that you’re doing good for the most part. If you focus on that one mistake it can lead to several others and eventually you’ll give up.
Take It One Step at a Time
You ate something you shouldn’t have at lunch and the guilt is setting in right along side the indigestion. Let it go. What you did at lunch no longer matters. However, what you choose for a snack or your dinner does matter. Focusing on the here and now helps you make better decisions based on where you are at that moment, rather than where you were at lunch. It’s the quickest and fastest way to get back on track and beat the guilt.
Think of Ways to “Undo” the Mistake
Instead of feeling guilty about that candy bar you had at lunch, consider how many calories it had. Now, think of what you could do to burn off those calories and what you could do to cut those calories from the rest of your day. For example, instead of having chicken with roasted potatoes for dinner, you could have grilled chicken on top of a salad with fat free dressing. There’s no need to feel guilty when you have the power to “undo” your mistake.
Don’t Wait Until Tomorrow to Start Fresh
One of the biggest mistakes people make is saying that they’ll start their diet again tomorrow because of something they did today. Why should you choose a high fat meal at dinner because you overate at lunch? That doesn’t make it any better. Get back on track right away. Instead of going overboard for two meals, eat sensibly at dinner. This ensures that you really do get back on track, because let’s face it – tomorrow usually never arrives in the diet world.