Before we get to the weird sweet potato photo…….
Often one of the hardest parts of writing a post for my blog is nailing a title. The idea for the post can come effortlessly and then the only thing remaining is a clever, witty, thought provoking title to draw in you, my 4.5 readers.
And that I can often spend more time pondering than you know….
Therefore, when I have ideas come to me that present me with the title first, I’m thrilled. I then quickly save it into my working folder as an idea to bounce on.
This is one that’s been patiently waiting in that folder. I figured I’d drag it out, dust it off and do something with it 😜
For the love of diets
If you’ve hung around me for awhile, you know I’m kinda “anti diet”. This is not to be confused with “anti weight loss”.
Why anti diet?
They just don’t work.
Oh now wait. I can hear you ready to tell me about Karen at work and how her keto plan has the weight falling off her.
Or maybe it’s someone else working Paleo or any one of the other current trendy things to follow.
There are lots of “vehicles” to get us started on weight loss. The more troubling issue is, which vehicle can get us to our destination and still be usable for us when weight goals have been attained? Which one can we follow for the rest of our life?
I’ll say it again for the kids on the back row. There is no magical, miracle wonder diet that makes you lose weight. There are lots of programs to help you lose your money but you don’t need to spend a bunch of money to lose weight.
It’s simply science.
Expend more calories than you take in through exercise and what you eat, i.e. create a deficit, and you will lose weight.
You could do it with Oreos and milk but I don’t recommend it.
Diets don’t work long term because the large majority just aren’t sustainable. And by that I mean it’s not a plan you can or will do the rest of your life.
I cannot tell you the times I’ve heard someone reference looking forward to a “cheat day”. This means falling off plan to eat the things they have been withholding from themselves. It’s a grasp to feel “normal” and enjoy things that have been on a forbidden list. If you’re on a plan and you spend to much time looking forward to having restricted foods, you may need to rethink it.
For me, that’s not how I wanna live, and really, most people don’t.
It’s why they toss the towel on a plan that withholds enjoyable things.
When people think of diets, no wonder feelings of deprivation come to mind.
Eating less food, not having favorite foods or treats, not getting to have birthday cake, being hungry, eating boring flavorless foods….the list could go on.
No one, not a single one of us, wants to feel deprived which is another reason diets fail.
Lack of balance
Many popular diets totally cut or eliminate food groups. Where there are some people who need to for food allergies or health reasons, the majority of us don’t need to remove healthy and nutritious foods from our daily diets. However, demonizing food groups has become cool in some circles.
Demonizing food isn’t cool.
We love routine
Maybe you have certain things you like to grab for breakfast or you do your coffee in a special way. You have foods you enjoy. It’s all like….comfy…right? None of us want to give up our familiar routines. Diets really upset that apple cart.
Diets offer a quick fix…sorta
Let’s face it. How many times have you started a structured diet and were already longing to get back to normal life? You bite the bullet thinking you can get 6-8 weeks done. You jump into it, get excited over your big “loss” of water weight the first week and prepare for week 2. You’re all on fire and are excited for the weight you’re going to lose.
And then just like that…you’re done. Maybe a week to 10 days into it, you’ll take your few pounds you lost and call it a day. This wasn’t as fun as you thought it would be.
Sadly you’ll gain that weight back with a few more pounds too.
Now about the weird sweet potato pic…
I had gotten in from a sesh of physical therapy and dove into dinner prep. One of my favorite ways to eat sweet potatoes is to cube them, add some onion and a bit of olive oil and roast till they are soft with crispy edges.
Anyway, I had started writing this post earlier in the day and had the ideas bouncing around when once again I was reminded of this simple truth.
Diets will almost always fail.
However if we make our daily nutrition about eating real foods, preferably single ingredients or close to it, we will not only be satisfied but will provide our bodies with optimal nutrition. Eating real food is satisfying. Eating real food allows for special occasions and treats and removes feelings of deprivation.
By the way…. I did write a post called “The Single Ingredient Diet” a few months back be sure to check it out…
When we focus on each day, making healthy food choices, eating in balanced ways and allowing for treats, we don’t need to diet.
Learning to create a small calorie deficit in our day will lead to slow and steady weight loss.
Living this lifestyle is not only balanced, sane, and allows you to build your own routine, it is also long term sustainable which will lead you to lifetime success.
Tell me. Have you had success with a particular diet? Or do you find yourself back where you started when you get off it? Have you figured out now how to make it your lifestyle and not diet?