The Little Things That Make a Big Difference’ is an article series outlining weight loss and diet interventions that may seem insignificant, but can make a huge difference to the success of your diet plan.

Your attitude

This may obvious, but it needs to be stated. Your attitude towards your diet will determine the level of success you achieve. And I’m not talking about how seriously you take it, although that is part of it.

I’m talking about the amount of positivity you inject into your approach, and how you react when you can’t have a food you want because it’s not on the programme. If you’re negative and act like you’re dying every time you can’t have a sweet or a snack, your diet is doomed, because you can’t be miserable like that for very long before you’ll decide to give up, and eat whatever you want. And when that happens, the portion control will be out the window.

You need to develop a way to see your diet as a pathway to a happier, healthier life

A life where you’ll be able to have those snacks and treats sometimes, because you’re in a better state of wellness, and your general lifestyle is more in balance. A short time of inconvenience for the sake of a long period of bliss, essentially.

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You need ways to focus on the positive end results, and then really dig into them, so that you have a distraction from the “misery” of not having your favourite foods all the time.

Whether that means having a picture of the body you want on your phone, or post-it notes of positive messages at your desk, you need some ‘attitude adjusters’ to help you be positive when the going gets tough.

If you are not positive about it, you may as well give up. So get positive.

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