“That’s it! I’m going on a diet!” How many times have we all uttered those words? If you’re like a lot of people, you’ve tried a few diets in the past. You might have even succeeded with one or two of them… But the lost weight eventually returned. Why do most diets seem to fail in the long term?
It has a lot to do with the word “diet”, actually, and how our minds interpret that word. When you hear that word, you might automatically make a few assumptions…
It’s just a temporary sacrifice. Okay, so right now you’ll have to give up all of your favorite foods and eat a bunch of stuff you don’t really enjoy. But that’s okay, because you’ll lose the weight, and then you can return to eating “normally”. Right?
Wrong! A temporary sacrifice will lead to a weight gain that is also temporary. Once you go back to your old way of eating, the weight will return. Plus, there’s a huge problem with viewing a weight loss plan as a “sacrifice”. That doesn’t sound too pleasant, and you won’t want to stick with it forever.
Diets mean deprivation. You hear the word “diet” and you cringe, because it means you’ll spend the next few months feeling miserable. Well, it’s no wonder most people end up abandoning their new eating plans! That doesn’t sound like any fun at all.
Diets are too much trouble. You’re going to be stuck with some special boxed meals or shakes, and you can’t ever eat in restaurants. If that’s how you approach a lifestyle change, then absolutely, it will be inconvenient and unsustainable for long periods of time.
No, “diets” usually don’t work, for all of the above reasons (and probably a few more that we didn’t even list). However, a lifestyle change does work. And when we say change, we mean identifying healthy foods that you actually enjoy. We’re talking about buying food at your regular grocery store, learning to prepare those foods yourself, and also learning how to locate them on a restaurant menu. And yes, you will learn about foods you should avoid in excess, but not give up forever.
So, first change your language. Don’t “go on a diet”. Choose to change your lifestyle. And then, give us a call to learn about a weight loss plan that really works.