A Working Diet

Should being on a diet be miserable? Is it worth it even if the diet is going to get you your desired results? Should you go to bed every night feeling like you are starving?

Fad diets are tough. People jump on them for all sorts of reason. The ultimate being that they want to lose weight, and they want to lose it quickly. But the diets come and go, and when the fad is over the dieters often find themselves looking to jump onto the next trend. Most of the big diet companies, that are making tons of money from people wanting a quick fix, get you in with the idea that you can eat to satisfaction and still lose weight. What’s not to love about results with little or no sacrifice?

If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you got. –James P. Lewis

If you are wanting to lose weight, take a moment and think about how you got to where you are today. There is little chance that you got where you are because of a bad day or week. We got to our present state over the course of months, possibly years. It was your repeated behaviors that put you in your present state. And if you are not happy with your present state, it will be a change to your repeated behaviors that will make the difference. The key is pretty simple: to make an improvement to your current body composition you have to exercise more and eat better. Your best chance of success may be a gradual improvement such as walking an extra 10 minutes a day or substituting something you consume on a regular basis for a healthier alternative. Incremental improvements can have a huge impact in the future.

But think about what is not going to work, such as shocking your body. Deciding to exercise more and then going out and punishing your body is not only dangerous, but it is not sustainable. You have to build up your body, and that takes time. The same with your diet. If you go from a daily 4500 calories of eating what you want to 1500 calories of healthy choices, your body is not going to respond well. What are the chances of you keeping up with your diet if you are miserable the whole time?

The measure of intelligence is the ability to change. –Albert Einstein

Making changes to your repeated behaviors is going to net positive results. But at the same time, you are going to have to be flexible. If it is not working, change it. Become knowledgeable about the foods you are putting into your body. If your diet calls for certain types of fruit but your body reacts poorly to the sugar, don’t eat it. It will be okay. The incremental changes in your repeated behaviors hopefully has oriented you to healthier choices. Choose foods that work for you. You can even have the flexibility to cheat on occasion, because the other 6 or 7 days are super healthy. You are not depriving yourself of all the “fun” foods you love to eat, you are choosing not to eat them every day.

Making healthy eating choices should be something one does over the course of a lifetime. Easier said than done, right? Maybe. But we can start today to make better choices. If what we consume is in balance with the calories we burn, and we are ingesting calories that will properly fuel us, we will not have a need for a radical diet. This long term outlook will keep your body weight stabilized, it is going to save you money, and in the end you will be much happier for it.