How to Start a New Diet Plan

start a diet planThe hardest part about changing your diet and lifestyle is often just getting started. Some people have a lot of trouble really knowing how to get started, and also they tend to have a lot of reluctance to start. Maybe you are worried that the food will not be enjoyable, or that you might not follow through. No matter what the source of your hesitation is, you have to start somewhere.

Get Serious

Unlike people who start diets to lose a few pounds, or people that use diets as a temporary way of eating to achieve a certain goal, you have to recognize that your diet will be a new way of life for you. To help treat and control your chronic health conditions, think of your new diet as a new way of life, one that you plan on sticking to indefinitely. You have to get serious about your choices, because they are affecting your health and well-being. Do what you need to do to remember what the stakes are. Consider writing a journal or joining a support group to remind yourself occasionally of why you are making these changes.

Do Some Research

Often, people automatically assume that dieting means eating bland, boring food and not enjoying anything anymore. If you do your research, however, you will learn that there are delicious and easy to follow recipes available in books, online, and possibly even among support groups. Take some time to look up your favorite go-to recipes and learn how to make substitutions that will help them fit into your healthier diet and lifestyle. A little bit of research can make a big difference in your outlook.

Find What Works For You

There is no one size fits all answer to diet and lifestyle choices. Through research, and likely a bit of trial and error, you will have to find what sort of healthy diet plan works for you. Let your doctors or nutritionists help you, and look to support groups and online forums to get ideas. Remember to consult your doctor when making any changes to your diet or lifestyle, to make sure that you are making healthy decisions for your specific needs.

Get Creative

Eating healthy doesn’t have to be boring. In fact, learning a new way of cooking and exploring new flavors can be a lot of fun. Now is a great time to try new foods. Explore the farmer’s market for produce options that you may have never tried before, experiment with flavors from ethnic cuisine, and play with herbs and spices to create your own new flavors. Getting involved with your food is a great way to enjoy your new diet.

Build a Plan

The easiest way to stick to a diet is to work off of a meal plan. An effective meal plan involves researching recipes, making lists, doing preparation ahead of time, and taking each meal and snack into consideration. An effective meal plan takes out the guess work and effort of the everyday struggle to make healthy choices.

Use these tips to get started on your new diet. Once you make that plunge, you will find that sticking to a new diet can be much easier than you may think. Click here for some meal plan ideas.

About Mathea

Mathea Ford, RD/LD, is the owner of Healthy Diet Menus For You, LLC. She has over 22 books on Amazon, check out her work at

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