Atkins, HCG, Paleo, South Beach, Sugar free, Carb free, Wheat free, Zone, Blood type, Fast (5:2), Lemon Detox, Raw food, Grapefruit, Baby food, 4 Day, 02, Mediterranean, DASH, TLC, Mayo clinic, Slim-fast, SureSlim, Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, Macrobiotic … All diets.
I could full this whole post just listing different diets. Put the word diet into Google and you get About 150,000,000 results. The words Weight loss diet returns about 302,000,000 … you know give or take a couple of hundred thousand. It’s plain crazy. The diet industry is making BILLONS of dollars every year, convincing people that to lose weight they need to follow their diet … and once that one’s gone out of fashion the same people are no doubt already on to convincing you that their new diet is the one for you. To me it’s simple; if these diets worked people would lose weight and keep it off, then there would be less demand for diets and overtime the industry would shrink …. guess what THAT AINT HAPPENING!!!! It’s growing, so obviously these “magical diets” don’t work. Plus, I can guarantee you that everyone knows someone who’s been on a diet and failed, probably many people and probably many different diets. I have tried a few myself over the years … the didn’t work. I know there are going to be those that argue, but the did work for me or someone I know, if that’s true then I’m very happy for you/them but that is a TINY minority.
The reality is, in general, diets are temporary food plans that help you to lose weight and MANY people do lose weight while on the plan. The problem is once they stop following the plan and start eating freely again, most fall back into their old eating habits (the ones that made them fat to start with) so the weight comes back on. EVERY inelegant adult know this. Deep down everyone knows diets don’t work, but being fat eats away at you so you grasp on to the hope that this diet might be “the one”, might be some sort of magic plan or pill or shake that will melt the fat fast and keep it off FOREVER! Well, hate to burst your bubble but it aint going to happen. The only way to lose weight and keep it off forever is to change your life.
Yip, your whole life. Revamp your entire lifestyle, throw out the habits that are making you fat and replace them with ones that will lose the weight and keep it off. The changes have to be forever, you can’t think about it as a diet it’s not, it’s simply your life now, there is no end to this eating plan. Will it be fast? … nope. You will struggle, slip back into old habits, and get SO feed up that you just want to quit, but if you stick with it you can change your life.
Haha, look at me sprouting on about how diets don’t work and you need to change your life, what do I know? I’m still fat? How hypocritical is that? Let me tell you something, I’ve been there, done diets, lost weight only to gain it all back again. But I am intelligent and I do realise that diets are not the answer so instead I’m overhauling my life. I may have only lost 7kgs in the last 6 months but I’m working on it. I’m making small changes because I know that I could deal with a whole lot of changes at the same time. It’s SOOOOOO slow that it gets hard not to just give up at times, 7kgs is NOTHING in the scheme of what I need to lose. I’ll admit that I have been struggling with this lately, feeling like I’m getting no where. Wondering why I’m bothering at all. Thinking I may as well give up and accept that I’ll always be fat and probably die young due to something obesity related. Then I cry, then I eat … lately there has been a bit of that going on … then I give myself a kick up the butt. While it’s disheartening to feel like you are putting in more effort than what you are getting back in kgs lost, I know I’m working in the right direction.
I see lots of people around me on diets and I really worry, can they continue the way they are indefinitely (in most cases I really can’t see it). How is it going to affect them if they fail? If they can’t sustain it and weight comes back on. My wish for tonight is that everyone on a diet or eating plan takes a hard look at what they are doing and if it’s really what they should be doing. Only you can make that decision. I know how heartbreaking it is to “fail” at a diet.
……Just think about it. Any get off those scales, weighing yourself EVERYDAY isn’t good, your weight naturally fluctuates, do it once a week or even better once a month. Obsessing about it doesn’t help.