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Mediterranean Diet - How Not to Fail

Keeping on track with a new weight loss strategy can be difficult, especially for those who are making large scale changes in exercise and eating habits.  A good thing to remember during this time is that "failing to plan is planning to fail." 

You want to be able to stay on your new diet plan and make life long changes that will affect the way you look and feel in the long term, not just drop a few pounds in order to squeeze into an old outfit.  For this reason, make sure you invest the time and thought in designing a plan and goal that is reasonable, attainable, and healthy.  The Mediterranean Diet fits this profile remarkably well since the tenets are all about enjoying fresh, healthy foods with a minimum of red meat and animal fat. 

One of the best ideas for your long term plan is to find a family member, friend, or co-worker who is interested in making the same changes for him- or herself.  This 'team' mentality will do wonders for your combined motivation, and there is much to be said for having an understanding lunch and exercise partner. 

Because there are bound to be setbacks and plateaus experienced with every weight loss strategy, you should take some time to think about how you will deal with these situations.  In this way, you can avoid feeling overwhelmed or depressed when you have the occasional slip up, or that scale just won't move.  Also, make sure you are writing everything down.  Write down what you eat each and every day, how much and what type of exercise you did, and how you are feeling, both mentally and physically.  At the end of each week you can then look back and see the real progress you are making, even with your frame of mind.

Don't neglect to exercise.  Keep in mind that diet alone just won't cut it, you also have to get active and stay active.  A brisk walk in the early evenings or through your local shopping mall is a great way to get moving.  You can also look into various yoga, Pilates, or dance classes offered in your area. 

Most importantly, don't give up.  There will be times when you are tempted, and times when you fall in temptation.  Try not to be too upset about it, but don't put off getting back on track.  The only thing worse than cheating on your diet is giving up on it completely, and it's much easier to jump back into the swing of things as soon as possible. 

Learn more about the best diet programs and get yourself in the right mindset prior to starting your diet. We have a full Mediterranean diet profile and report that includes a program at a glance, the pluses and minuses, and a complete overview of the diet. If you want to learn how to better prepare mentally, be sure to check out our article on Preparing Mentally for the Mediterranean Diet.

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