Succeed With Your Diet
To succeed with your diet is harder than you think. Most people that start a diet will fail. That’s a fact. Look around you. Who do you know, in the last year, that said they needed to lose weight, started doing something and then you never heard of it again? Are you failing or succeeding?
You probably have a friend who tried that. I know I have.
It’s sad that so many people will try to lose weight, get in shape, and just end up quitting. Often without even losing a single pound. Mainstream diets are full of false promises, juice detox that does nothing, and straight up Witchcraft stuff (itWorks wraps!). What’s the problem?
There is a disconnect between our bodies, what they need and what is being sold to us. Of course, it would be perfect if we could swallow a pill and magically lose 5 pounds. But that is not going to happen (until it does, hah!).
What I mean by disconnect is that a good portion of what you buy today has its content removed and replaced by something else, mainly sugar. Food that you purchased in the 80’s containing lipids now have none, but their sugar content went up. You cannot remove part of something and expect it to taste the same and have the same consistency.
Our consumption of sugar went up over the years, and strangely, so did obesity rates.
With that in mind, the first rule to follow if you want to succeed with your diet is to question everything that you read and see and have some critical thinking.
If a food packaging says “Great source of iron” or “source of 8 vitamins”, ask yourself, what’s a great source of iron? Which vitamins are included and to what amount? Are they from the food itself or added because all of the original nutrients are gone from its original state?
These are valid questions that you must ask everything you decide you are going to eat something.
Cereals are a prime example. We see ads all the time where they say it’s part of a healthy breakfast. “part”. Most people will have a bowl of cereal, and that’s it. When you analyze what it’s in you get:
Almost no protein
Almost no fibers
Almost no fat
Lots of sugar
Added nutrients to make up for the loss during processing.
In the end, if you’re trying to lose weight, cereals don’t bring anything to the table.
It is not because you hear someone on the radio claim that a product will make you lose weight that it will work like magic.
Ask yourself: Why would it work for me?
- What makes me think it will work.
- What’s the work involved with “making it work” for me?
- What have I tried before that did not work and why is this different?
If you can answer these questions with an answer that make sense and are willing to put the work needed, then sure. If not, you will be wasting your money, your time, and your determination to lose weight.
Not taking everything at its face value is important.
The second rule is to relax.
Everyone has heard of the saying “Rome wasn’t built in a day”.
The same applies to your body. You won’t lose 50 pounds in a month; it is foolish and counter-productive to think so. You need to take your time, test out strategies to see what works and does not.
I’ve had clients in the past that would weigh themselves every day and complain that they gained two pounds on a day. Your weight can vary. Some days you’ll be heavier, some others you’ll be lighter.
Take a deep breath; there is no rush.
As awesome as it is to go on the scale and see results it can also be a deal breaker to realize you are heavier. The best way to determine if you are losing weight is to make an average. If you intend on weighing yourself every day, don’t fret when you’re heavier. Record a whole week and divide by seven. It will give you your average weight. Do the same thing the following week and only then you’ll have an accurate representation of if you are losing weight or not.
Remember that you need to weight yourself at the same time as your weight will vary during the day.
The third rule is to enjoy yourself.
What good is a diet if it makes your life hell? Doing drastic changes without understanding their implications often leads to failure. As much as I like to see food and eating as a mechanic function of the body, it is impossible to just eat “what you need” without enjoying it.
Cutting all sugars from your diet in one shot will make you crave it, and you’ll be much more likely to give in at some point. Instead, lower your intake by a bit at first. See how you react, and if everything is fine, take a step further. To succeed with your diet you need to think, to analyze what’s working.
Dieting should be a smooth ride, and it’s one of the reasons I preconize carb cycling. With it, you’ll have an easier time, and it alleviates the carbs craving we all get. It also keeps your body anabolic and prevents you from crashing down.
There are many more rules to follow if you want to succeed with your diet, but these three should give you a good start as they represent what I believe are the three top reasons why people fail and quit:
- People tend to believe anything they see or hear without questioning it.
- People tend to be in a hurry and expect results right away
- People tend to go too hard at first, making them hate what they’re doing and quitting.