So you’ve successfully made it through your short-term diet plan. You deserve a huge pat on the back (even for those times you had a couple of slip-ups). But here’s the thing—we want this new way of eating to become your way of life. With tons of people living happily on a Whole30, vegan, low-sugar, or Paleo plan, it’s totally possible to turn your 30-day program and into a lifestyle.
Transitioning Out of Your Diet
Let’s be real for a second. There are no quick fixes to weight loss. As a matter of fact, it’s a hell of a lot harder than just watching what you eat.
There is a not-so-glamorous term that many health professionals use to define what really works for losing weight and keeping it off, and it’s called “behavior modification.” In research with obese individuals, scientists have found that just changing eating patterns or exercise habits is not enough to create lasting change.
Instead, it’s imperative to address the social and psychological cues associated with overeating. Quite simply, following food rules for the rest of your life is not sustainable, so it’s important to dig deeper to determine why you are either going for junk food all of the time and/or eating too much (easier said than done, right?).
Research has found that these behavioral modifications should focus on psychological interventions. And new research points to the fact that cognitive behavioral therapy is the gold standard for treating obesity. In the case of the Greatist Reset (or any diet you choose), this may mean assessing why you chose the diet you did and whether it’s right for you. Did the low-sugar lifestyle give you more energy? Did you feel healthier eating more plants on the vegan plan? Once you recognize the reasoning behind those behaviors, it’s easier to make long-lasting changes. Now that we’ve covered the basics of handling your post-diet mentality, here are some tips to really help you stick with the respective diet plan (or at least some aspects of it).