Most of us have tried diets before. There are so many to try and there's so much information and misinformation out there about the best diet for your body type or for your health goals. The problem is that it's not possible to tailor a diet for everyone, or even a group of people - it just can't be done. Yes, you can set out guidelines and vague principles that make a 'diet' a doable task (reduce unhealthy fat intake, log meals, reduce portion sizes etc etc) and I'm not saying that you can't achieve a healthier body and lifestyle by following certain diets, but I can guarantee that it won't be as effective or timely as if you were to take a moment and think of yourself as an individual with specific needs and requirements.
If you've dieted before, then before is the key word. That means you tried it but it didn't stick. In a recent survey carried out by Real Health Living, we found that the average person stuck to their diet of choice for between 2 and 3 months before they either gave up or tried something else, hence The 10 week tipping point. (Be a part of the research by filling out the survey here - it's free and takes roughly 2 minutes.)
This is where I came up with the idea of the 10 week tipping point. Obviously it's a flexible timeframe in reality. Like I said, the time was between 2 and 3 months but some managed less than a month and others up to or even exceeding a year (well done champions!), but the same theory applies.
We're always motivated at the beginning of any diet; if we weren't then chances are we wouldn't be trying it out. The drive to better ourselves is strongest at the start of each journey we set out on and we convince ourselves that this time it'll be different. This time we'll persevere. This time it'll last. Then we find ourselves somewhere down the line, back to square one or worse off than when we'd started, wondering where it all went wrong.
The reason for this, in my opinion, is a lack of preparation for failure. Now I know it sounds pessimistic but hear me out. If you embark on a new diet or workout programme inclined only towards success, then when challenges present themselves later down the line, you're setting yourself up for a fall. But, if, from the outset you acknowledge that you're going to face obstacles and bumps in the road and create a plan for how to push through them from the start when you've got that drive, when you're filled with that all consuming motivation that spurred you into action in the first place, then you're prepared. Whether it's writing the future 'I can't be bothered' version of yourself a letter, asking a friend or partner to remind you why you're doing all of this when you're 'just not feeling like it' or setting a concrete schedule, you've planned for that slump and will likely overcome it as a result.
I know it may sound silly, particularly if you're at the beginning of your journey to a healthier you, you can't imagine letting yourself down or faltering in your determination but would it not be better to prepare for failure and never have to use the backup plan, than to plan for success and stumble at the first hurdle?
Whatever your motivations are for improving your lifestyle, they're good ones. Use that energy and positivity that you've got at this moment to give yourself a safety net when things become less easy down the line. That way, when they do, you know that you've got this and you came prepared.