The Diet That Keeps
What are some of your challenges when it comes to dieting? The temptation of salty or sugary snacks? Going out with friends and not being able to resist that massive plate of nachos? You aren't the only one. That's why the texting diet is perfect for so many people. It helps keep you accountable for what you eat, which in turn encourages you to stick with the diet. So, without further ado, here's the 411 on the texting diet.
What is the texting diet?
The texting diet involves finding someone with similar health or weight loss goals and teaming up with that person. Through communication via text, you each work toward your goals with the bonus of always having someone to hold you accountable.
How does the texting diet work?
Whenever something relevant to the progress of your diet and fitness plan occurs, you let that other person know. Craving an oversized brownie in the display case at your local coffee joint? Text your friend about it. Recently completed a 30-minute jog and want to shout it from the rooftops? Share that joy with your pal. Whether you just ate your way through an entire bag of chips and feeling disappointed or you're proud of the salad you're making for dinner, keep your friend updated on your progress, and encourage her to do the same.
Tips for getting it done
- Pick someone you know and trust. The texting diet is all about honesty, so the person you communicate with should be someone you aren't afraid to be open with.
- Share it all — the good, the bad and the ugly. This kind of diet works only if you are completely honest with your buddy. Remember that we are all human, including your friend. We can all understand disappointment, failure and frustration, so don't be afraid to share those emotions. Your diet will be the better for it.
- Be responsive. Treat your diet buddy as you would want to be treated. If she's in a craving crisis and needs your support, be there for her. The diet is successful only if communication goes both ways, so do your best to support each other equally.
- Don't give up! You may find in the beginning that it doesn't make that much of a difference. But this could simply be because you are just starting to get a feel for it. You may be nervous and therefore not reporting everything, or you may feel silly about the things you are writing. But with a little bit of time and patience, having someone to take the journey with you toward health may really help.