There is, strictly speaking, no perfect time to go on a diet. But some life situations make it so much harder to change eating and exercise habits.
Like holidays. Thanksgiving reunions, Christmas dinners, New Year’s parties can be torture for those who are sticking to a strict diet. It’s not that hard if you’ve been on it for some months, and have already conquered most of the cravings, but for a newbie who still desperately misses her pasta or cream puff fix, the temptation can be far too great.
And then there are “transition” times, like after you’ve just changed jobs, moved to a new house, started college, or ended a long relationship. You’re already going through a lot of changes, so modifying your diet or your exercise activities can be pretty overwhelming. More so in drastic, unwanted changes, like an ugly divorce or death of a family member.
So what situation gives you the best odds? When you have the right mind frame – you’re not under great emotional stress, you’re not tired or overwhelmed, and you’re not scheduled to attend the calorie – traps they call holiday dinners in the next few days.
What you can do (if this is not the “best” time to go on a diet)
- Choose a simple, no-frills diet. This is obviously not the time for something that involves complex combinations of foods.
- Ease into your diet. First focus on being more conscious of what you eat, then slowly cutting back. The less abrupt the change, the less overwhelming it will be.
- Get support. Diet buddies – some of whom you’ll find right here, on this website!-can give encouragement, sympathy, and the occasional all-night vent fest that make the stress so much easier to bear.
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