16 Common Pitfalls For Banting Diet Failure

These are the common pitfalls for Banting Diet failure and how we can overcome them.

In our Banting plan we are aiming not just to lose weight but to keep it off as well. That is why we call it a lifestyle and not a diet. This post will help you identify possible pitfalls that may trip you up.

There are 16 common problems.

  1. No time for healthy eating. “Those who think they have no time for healthy eating will sooner or later have to make time for illness”. Control your eating habits will help you get control of your life and do away with Common Pitfalls For Banting Diet Failure - no timethe headless chicken feeling.
  2. Obsessive (all or nothing). You have classified your foods as good and bad. Anything that tastes good must be bad for you! This is not the case. Look carefully at your food choices. Once a week have a cheat day.
  3. You deserve this food. Women generally have an unhealthy relationship with food, resulting in feelings of “I’m upset, I deserve this cake”. The food does not fix the problem and you soon feel bad about eating therefor compounding the problem. Find a healthy snack. Strangely enough a small piece of chocolate is a good thing.
  4. Wanting to eat the treats. Not trying too hard because you do want to eat those cookies and you don’t want to offend. It is acceptable to refuse food. It may be on religious grounds, ie fasting eg don’t eat egg on a Friday.
  5. Office treats. Office traditions can be a problem. If you can’t say no, then take a small portion. There is no need to eat half a cake. A small portion will relieve the peer pressure.Common Pitfalls For Banting Diet Failure - office feeding
  6. Procrastination eating. When you are bored, have nothing to do or are waiting for someone or something, the devil and idle hands can be a problem. Find something to do, read a book, message someone on your phone.
  7. Party pooper. You feel the need to eat so as not to put a dampener on the festivities of others. Again it is acceptable to refuse food. You are not responsible for other peoples happiness.
  8. Old eating habits in company of family. Family gatherings can be a minefield of problems. Pressure from gran etc. You are a product of your parents so chances are that if you were overweigth it was something you learned from them. It is easy to sip back into those habits when they are around. By being aware of the problem, fore warned is fore armed.
  9. Feeling deprived. This is another food relationship issue. You should no feel that you are being deprived. Think of the new foods in a positive light and try to pictures the less healthy food in a bad light. A cheat day is essential.
  10. Family must not suffer because of my diet. This should not be seen as being a chore or you will never maintain it. By choosing healthy eating habits you are not depriving your family but ensuring their long term health.
  11. Eating out. If this is not a regular habit then just enjoy the food, however if it happens 2 or 3 times a week then you will need to be vigilant as to what you are eating. Remember to reduce the carbs as much as possible. A doggie bag is a must to reduce the quantity eaten.
  12. Not in control of what you eat. When travelling, going on conference etc you can ask for the foods that you wish to eat. Do not be afraid of making your wishes known. You don’t need to elaborate. The catering staff are used to having to deal with allergies and religious requirements.
  13. Common Pitfalls For Banting Diet Failure - holiday eatingHoliday eating. This is the same as above if you are going to stay on hotels. If you are self catering then you can choose the correct foods. If you are touring and will have to purchase food for lunch then try make it a high protein lunch as this will full you for longer and are then less likely to snack. Make sure you carry healthy snacks with you to prevent pigging Common Pitfalls For Banting Diet Failure, off the railsout on purchased food.
  14. Tired of the effort required. If the diet is becoming a chore then you have to re-examine a few things. The lifestyle is supposed to be easy to follow with very little extra effort. You will also have to examine your mindset. This is a lifetime change.
  15. I’ll start again tomorrow. If you fall off the wagon don’t take the attitude ‘well I messed up I might as well stop and try again tomorrow”. You cannot do that if you are running Comrades so don’t do it on the diet. Get back up, accept that you made a mistake, but resolve not to again and carry on with the lifestyle
  16. Can’t get back on track. If you keep eating badly then you need to go back to the drawing board. Look at you willingness to get involved.

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