There are a few thoughts around what makes a diet great and I want to challenge some people’s way of thinking.
“Does your diet truly work if you aren’t able to stay on it?”
There are a couple of definitions of DIET
- 1. the kinds of food that a person, animal, or community habitually eats. “a vegetarian diet”
- 2. a special course of food to which one restricts oneself, either to lose weight or for medical reasons.”I’m going on a diet”
Some people go up and down on the scale and always seem to be starting another kind of diet.
I think there is a thought process where people believe that you go on a diet to lose weight and once you’ve reached your goal, you go back to your ‘old’ way of eating.
Do You See the Flaws?
What’s wrong with that approach? What happens when you go back to THAT way of eating?? When you answer that question, you will see the flaw. All the weight that you lost will return and, often, more.
I grew up with everyone in my family going on diets. It was a regular thing. It was low fat, low calorie, and low flavor!
That type of diet mentality gets ingrained in you when you see it from the time of being a small child, right through ‘til you’re grown. Diets are normal and they are just something you do.
… But are they?
Answer this Question
So I have a question for you… Do you know of anyone going on a diet, reaching their goal, and maintaining it?
If you answered, “NO”… why do you think that is?
If you answered, “YES”… what do you think they did differently than most?
Well, I will start off by saying they didn’t do it by alternately restricting their calories followed by eating whatever they wanted. 😉
They learned what worked for their body and that’s something that they did as part of their daily routine.
When I was first learning what ‘those’ people did differently than me, it was easier to think in terms of what they didn’t do compared to me.
So here goes. They didn’t…
- Eat past fullness
- Always go for seconds
- Get take-out multiple times a week
- Skip meals regularly
- Skip whole food groups
- Eat ‘just because’
Maybe you can relate to my list:
- I loved food so much that I would frequently eat more than I needed
- Going for seconds was a normal thing to do at dinner time.
- Getting take-out at lunchtime was a daily thing.
- I never ate breakfast and by the time I did get around to eating, I was starving and didn’t care what I ate or the consequences of my choices.
- I would eat vegetables but it wasn’t very often and it certainly wasn’t something that I did on a regular basis.
- A lot of times I would eat because I was bored or that’s just what you did when you’re watching a movie.
How many of those sound familiar?
A New Way to Look at Eating
Subtle shifts to HOW you eat can change your relationship with food. You are still able to eat foods you love. You don’t have to go hungry. And it doesn’t have to be that hard.
One thing to think about is all diets can work. If you look at all the different diets you will find a few things in common.
If you want to learn more about the specific diets I compare them in this post.
Similarities of all the diets
- Eat high fibrous vegetables
- Eat mostly whole foods
- Minimize processed foods
- Minimize high sugary foods
- Eat lean proteins,
- Complex carbohydrates
- Healthy fats
- Be mindful of portion sizes
And the differences
The thing that varies is the amount of each of the macros that you have in each meal. Some diets will go a little farther than others and tell you when you should be eating.
Why the best diets work
The reason all of those different diets work is because you are being mindful of WHAT you are eating and WHEN you’re eating. You are hyper-aware of what you can eat and when you can eat it. You are most likely adding some exercise to your daily activities so you are burning more calories, too.
How to choose YOUR Best Diet to lose weight
When you are deciding to make a positive change to your health and fitness do it differently this time around. Take into consideration the types of food you love to eat, your eating habits, and how you feel throughout the day including your sleeping habits.
All of those aspects should be considered when deciding the best path forward.
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