Which diet is right for you?
As a personal trainer and future food and nutrition practitioner, I am always asked which diet is the best one for losing weight. My answer to that question is simple; it's the one that you can stick with.
Sounds simple enough but this is not the answer that most people want to hear. The thought of staying on a diet long term is comparable to a toothache that just won't go away. Eventually the pain gets to be too much and you beg the dentist to just pull the rotten thing out!
The fact is, if you eat, you're on a diet. Your diet most likely consists of particular food choices that you eat on most days. You may veer from your normal eating pattern on occasion but in general, your day-to-day eating patterns are relatively the same.
Finding a diet that is closest to your normal pattern of eating will probably be the right fit for you because it won't be too dissimilar from what you are doing now and you will be less likely to jump off the weight loss wagon.
Going on a diet that is strict, complicated, and very different from your normal way of eating is a sure way to set yourself up for disappointment and despair. So why do people do it? Because it offers the hope of a quick fix.
My friends, there is no such thing as a quick fix when it comes to losing weight and keeping it off. You are doomed to yo-yo dieting if you think otherwise.
With so many diets to choose from, you may be asking yourself which one is right for me -- reduced calorie, low carb, low fat, Mediterranean, Ornish, Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, or my favorite, the cabbage soup diet. (Just joking on that last one.)
The answer to this question may be a part of all of them. Take what you like, leave behind what you don't. Just remember that if it sounds too good to be true ...you know the rest.
I have read dozens and dozens of diet books and weight loss supplement research over the years. The one commonality among most of these diets books and supplements is that they tend to use half-truths to convince you that their plan or pill is "The one that works."
Fuzzy science, paid testimonials, and sometimes flat out lies are used to get you to purchase their products or books.
I am always shocked when I hear a well educated, intelligent client tell me about their newest weight loss purchases. Hormone injections, dangerous pills, body wraps, electro-muscle stimulation machines. Come on people! Give that money to charity and make a commitment to yourself to eat right, exercise, and be the best that you can be.
There is no one on this earth exactly like you. Think about that statement for a moment. There may be a person who is similar to you in many ways but there is no one on this entire planet that is just like you.
You are unique and with your uniqueness comes special talents and gifts that only you are capable of giving to this world. Are you preventing your gifts and talents from being shared because of your lifestyle choices? Are you too exhausted to play with your kids? Do you feel unworthy to ask that girl or guy out on a date? Do you want to wake up 5 years from now and realize that another 5 years has been wasted? Get up, make a change, you are so worth it! God bless you.