Diets are temporary…and they’re everywhere. There’s Nutrisystem, Jenny Craig, Medifast, Atkins, South Beach, Weight Watchers…I could fill this page with the list of multi-billion dollar ‘diets’…and I’ll admit it: I’ve tried most of them.
But diets SUCK. They aren’t sustainable, and they don’t prepare you for a life of being healthy. Instead, these companies are focused on their marketing. “If you just use [insert name of crappy diet here], you too can lose 50 pounds and run down the beach in a bikini!”
The problem lies in just that: LIES.
Sure, you can eat their processed food, or count your points, and you’ll succeed…for awhile. But what happens when you hit an inevitable plateau? What do you do when your calories get reduced because you’ve lost a magical number of pounds? What happens when you’re on a ‘diet’ and you’re so hungry that even day-old, dried out macaroni and cheese (organic, of course) that your child didn’t finish sounds like the most amazing food in the world?
Or the scariest realization: what happens when you’ve hit your “perfect weight” (which, let’s face it, is completely subjective) and have to *gasp* MAINTAIN said weight?
What do you do then? I don’t know about you, but I am a complete bitch on less than 1,500 calories, and with every diet I’ve ever tried, I have found that I’m hungry, cranky, and generally feel like I’m PMSing all day long. Every day. It’s not fun.
THIS is why diets suck.
Weight loss is not about diets…it’s about YOUR diet, and not the diet that you think. It’s about eating smart, choosing whole foods, and avoiding processed junk. It’s about fueling your body the way that nature intended: with natural sources of energy. A diet is what you eat-and it shouldn’t be dictated by lobbyists, advertising, or celebrities.
When was the last time you saw a commercial about the benefits of grapes? Or cabbage? Or KALE? Whether you’re vegetarian, pescatarian, or a meat-lover, your food choices shouldn’t be dictated by those making money from cleverly masking the truth: weight loss is a personal journey, one that diet (what you eat, not whose program you follow) plays a small part of. The rest is comprised of hard work, dedication, and exercise.
Weight loss isn’t magic.
Nothing will make it happen faster…at least nothing sustainable and healthy. But everyone seems to want that ‘quick fix’, and when you first try a “diet”, you will get results, but what are you really learning?
- That you only have 20 points every day?
- That you can still eat that cheeseburger…if you starve yourself the rest of the day?
- That all you have to do is spend $500 for pre-packaged, chemically-laden food to be delivered to your door?
What kind of lessons are those? If you want to change your body, you have to change the way you look at food. You aren’t going to lose weight and get truly healthy if you rely solely on what you eat-especially if you eat crap. Losing weight and changing your diet permanently is HARD work. But it is SO worth it.
What was your weight loss experience? I’d love to hear about it!
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