There are a number of reasons people diet. Some do it for weight loss. Others have a newly diagnosed condition their doctors say needs immediate attention. Many people just don’t feel good, and want to make positive changes before it’s too late.
Whatever your motivation, going on a diet is hard. If you’re afraid your diet will fail (again), here are a few questions to ask yourself to gauge whether or not you’re ready to commit.
1. Do you have a goal in mind? Is it realistic?
The first step to a successful diet is setting a goal. Mayo Clinic suggests setting a goal that’s both attainable and realistic. You wouldn’t want to set a goal to lose 20 pounds in a week, for example, because that’s neither possible nor healthy.
Already at a healthy weight? You don’t have to limit your diet goals to weight loss. You can also aim to exercise more often (at least 150 minutes per week, according to the CDC), eat more vegetables at every meal, or even shoot for something as simple as leaving the grocery store without buying ice cream.