“What’s the best diet for weight loss?”
Ready for it….
There’s no such thing.
I know I got you excited with the title, and it was not meant to be a marketing ploy, but rather something I need to make very clear. There is no one-size-fits-all diet, because if there was one, you wouldn’t be reading this blog. And because if diets worked, I wouldn’t have to write this article, but they don’t; and here we are.
Why Diets Are Not the Answer
They’re based on unrealistic guidelines and standards that don’t produce sustainable change. And I’m gonna go out on a limb and assume you aren’t interested in dropping a few pounds only to gain them back in a month or two?
We continue to get inundated with messages to start juicing, cut out gluten, and only eat carbs before noon. We’re told that the Paleo diet is the only way to eat, then we hear, no, no, you have to eat raw if you really want to lose weight and be healthy. It’s no wonder why we’re so confused and overwhelmed, constantly chasing the next diet, detox, or weight loss program but continue to feel stuck.
On top of this, we lose the connection of what our own body needs and instead rely on external sources, that don’t know a thing about us, to decide what’s best for us. It’s exhausting and ineffective, but brings us to a very important point: If you truly want to lose weight and change your life, you have to be ready and willing to try something different.
Why Making Drastic Changes is Not the Answer
It’s tempting, I get it, and we have been lead to believe that whenever we’re trying to lose weight or just get healthy, we need to make drastic changes and overhaul our lives. But let’s revisit the fact that this method that’s employed by the vast majority of diets, hasn’t worked and won’t ever work, long-term. Sure, you may drop some weight at first but after a while, burnout sets in and you call it quits; often in manner that leads you right back to your old patterns.
What we have to understand is that change takes time and since we’re all at different places in our lives, it’s going to look very different for each of us. Losing weight and working with our eating behaviors have to be approached slowly and gently, with the understanding that change is a process and one that is highly individualized. Many of us are working with hardwired habits and deep seated emotions towards food that we’ve lived with for a very long time.
Making drastic changes can often feel like the only route to take, and may even elicit a sense of excitement and motivation or an individual, but it’s often just a short term fix.
The Key to Weight Loss: Slow and Steady
The key to weight loss comes from making one or two small, realistic, attainable changes to your lifestyle that take into account the many different factors that differentiate you from others. It starts with a self awareness of your eating behaviors and emotions that are driving your eating patterns and a willingness to accept where you are in your relationship with food right now.
When I work with clients we put it all out on the table and I ask them, “Where do you want to start?” You see, I could sit there and say them, we need to fix A, B, C, and D, but in their mind, they might be only be ready and willing to start with Z. So what kind of long-term change would they expect to see if I pushed my agenda on them? Not much. And that’s why I don’t.
Start where you are. Pick something that you are genuinely prepared to work on and make a plan. Set a goal that feels slightly challenging but not overwhelming or out of reach, that can get you moving in the right direction. If you struggle with sugar, don’t tell yourself you have eliminate it. That’s unrealistic and not sustainable. Instead, become aware of all of the times in your day when you’re eating sugar and why and decide where you’d be willing to start limiting it.
Start small, move slowly, and be patient with yourself.
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