Whether you’ve been dieting for a short time or all your life, you know that life gets complicated. And, whenever things are complicated, it’s time to get back to the basics. What are the basics? The basics are the tried and true—those things you previously did that brought results and gave you satisfaction in accomplishing your goal(s). Losing weight is not always fun, and it isn’t always fast and easy. That’s why when you reach a plateau or something has thrown you off track in losing weight, get back to the basics.
Start where you are. Be sure to drink more water throughout the day (at least 8 ounces). Cut back on your carb intake. Eat more vegetables and fruits. Eat smaller portions of protein. Get in some type of exercise—walking, aerobics, etc. Recognize you’ll need to eliminate the things that have gotten you off track. (No, you really don’t need that donut). Most importantly, strengthen your resolve by renewing your thinking. You can do this. It’s a matter of getting back to the basics, sticking with them, and soon you’ll be enjoying good results.