When it comes to dieting, one of the most common issues that prevents success is a mindset which focuses on the wrong aspects of the dietary change itself. While it may be tempting to dive in with both feet and totally overhaul your dietary life, this is what usually leads to failure.
Going from 0 to 100 overnight just isn’t realistic for the vast majority of people and is going to make the process of dieting much harder on you than it should be. Your own goals and the goals of your subconscious mind don’t always align, and this is one of the best examples of that. Your brain naturally gets comfortable in any pattern of living so long as you keep surviving (the main goal of your brain). This makes your brain naturally resistant to almost any major changes in lifestyle, and it will fight back against these changes whether you like it or not.
This is why suddenly switching all of your carbohydrates to vegetables, doubling your protein intake, cutting all sugar, drinking a gallon of water a day, and getting up at 6am for a heavy workout can’t all be done overnight.
The best place to begin is to identify the specific deficiencies in your lifestyle or diet and then deal with them one at a time. Not getting enough protein? Time to up your intake. Lacking essential micronutrients in your diet? Time to kick up your fresh vegetable intake and look into a multivitamin supplement. Not getting enough volume in the gym to meet your goals? Time to start incorporating extra workout sessions throughout the week.
What’s important is that you make the effort to address these issues individually and not try to tackle them all at once. IF you handle them one at a time you’re able to deal with them much more effectively, thoroughly, and without nearly as much shock to your system. Over time you’ll be able to deal with all of your deficiencies this way.
Sometimes slow and steady wins the race simply because it prevents you from burning out and quitting before the third lap. When it comes to diet and exercise you’re talking about lifestyle changes – it truly is a marathon and not a sprint.