Most diets don't work and most people fail. That's not me being bitter or judegmental. It's fact. Many studies have shown that dieting doesn't give long term gains. In fact, many people that follow calorie restricted diets are actually heavier than their original weight within a number of years. What do we do then? Go back on the diet, lose the weight, stop the diet, put weight back on, go on a diet,.... and the cycle continues.
Imagine the impact living like this must be having on you. Your body doesn't know whether it's coming or going and is always fighting against poor nutrition - whether that's malnutrition or too much of certain types of 'food'. Your brain and limbic system (hormones) are thrown out of whack and consistently in a 'stressed' state. That does not sound like a nice place to be. The thing is, we all know that dieting is hard and the results we're after are hard to come by but it's the only thing out there to help us get healthier - eat less.
I disagree and am going to tell you to ditch your diets and think again.
Diets are negative in their very core; your mind and body don't like negatives. Why not try a positive thing? Why not try improving what you eat, how you live and how you feel? That's all positive change surely... and at the same time you'll lose weight without even thinking about it. Follow these simple steps and see how you get on. Don't do them all at once, introduce them slowly but surely - it's not a race, enjoy the journey!
- Swap processed food (snacks, meals etc) for natural food (nuts, fruit, veg, cook from scratch)
- Forget about calories (no I'm not crazy) and focus on quality of food (organic, grass fed)
- Don't be scared of 'fat' (natural fats are good!)
- Experiment with cooking different meals
- Allow time to cook with your family and friends
- Try some intermittent fasting (benefits on insulin resistance)
- Get off your butt (spend less time sitting)
- Move little and often (low level activity, but regular)
- Lift heavy (for you) weights once or twice a week
- Get plenty of sleep
- Reduce stress levels (learn how to control your stress levels)
- Enjoy your life!
Take these steps and you'll be fitter, healthier, full of energy, less likely to get ill and generally more positive than being on a diet. It's a lifestyle change, but for the better. You can eat good food and lose weight. You can reduce the amount of 'hard cardio' you do and lose weight (and get fitter!). You can sleep more and become less stressed.
You can enjoy your life and stop depriving your body of what it needs just to try and shift some weight!