The biggest pitfall with “diets” is how in most cases, foods are labeled as good or bad. Traditional methods teach you that in order to lose weight, you need to avoid eating sugar, pizza, burgers, etc. But completely restricting yourself of food you love is going to not only make you miserable, but make you want to quit on your diet real quick.
When it comes to dieting, you need to shift your mindset. Eat MORE of certain foods, and eat LESS of other foods. Salad and pizza are just easy examples here, but this is true for everything. If you love chocolate, don’t try to cut it out of your life completely for a whole year. Unless you really want to hate yourself.
If you’re used to eating chocolate every night, start eating it every other night instead. If you do this, you’re already way ahead. If you eat zero vegetables in your diet, add one serving to your dinner every night. Baby steps.
Most people go from 0 to 100 real quick. Real, real quick. You shouldn’t cut out a food, you should just eat less of it. But the reverse it true, too -don’t suddenly force yourself to eat only so-called healthy foods for every meal. If you shove broccoli down your gullet every meal, you’re going to resent it and give up really quickly. Small changes taken slowly are the way to set yourself up for long-term success.
I may sound like a broken record sometimes, but it’s only because this core lesson is so vital to reaching nutritional freedom and not being ruled by your food. “Eat this, not that” might as well be a curse word. Eat more of certain foods and less of others, but don’t feel like you need to completely restrict yourself of the foods you love.