I’m on a high protein, low carb diet, and training with a master trainer for a month now. What tips can you give me stick to my diet and not cheat?

– Zavi


The best way to avoid temptation is to remove it from your surroundings, or remove yourself from the environment. “Out of sight, out of mind,” as they say. Even physically turning your back on nearby food can keep it out of view. Don’t keep anything in your home that beckons you to cheating.

Take preemptive measures. If you feel comfortable, you may mention your endeavor to your friends and family, respectfully asking that they not tempt you with items off your diet. Look at menu options online and make a decision before going to a restaurant where the atmosphere and aroma might lead you astray.

Other tips are to cleanse your palate after eating to dissuade you from any “extras”. Be sure to get enough volume and calories earlier in the day so you don’t feel hungry later on.

Honestly, if it is a struggle for you to comply with a diet plan, then you may consider an alternative approach that fits your tastes and lifestyle better. Some people are successful at achieving physical goals simply by reducing portions of the food they already consume.

– Debbie J., MS, RD

This article should not replace any exercise program or restrictions, any dietary supplements or restrictions, or any other medical recommendations from your primary care physician. Before starting any exercise program or diet, make sure it is approved by your doctor.


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