A few months ago I shared a blog post with you about fad diets. I had counted how many I had done over my 14 year dieting journey.
I had done over 17 fad diets!
Have you tried any of these too?
- Weight Watchers
- Beachbody (sold it too)
- ViSalus (sold it too)
- Blood Type Diet
- Grapefruit Diet
- Mediterranean Diet
- Food Pairing Diet
- Marilu Henner Diet (I’m even listed in her recipe book!)
- Fitness Competition prep diet
- Slim Fast
- Carb Cycling
- Banning sugar in all forms
- And many more I’m probably forgetting.
Unfortunately, with every single one of these diets the same thing would happen. I would lose and regain the SAME…. 20… POUNDS!!!
Over the years, I’ve also heard similar stories from other clients and friends. We’d do well for a while on our healthy lifestyle makeover, only to slowly fall back into our old habits again, and regain the weight we lost.
What gives? Does our willpower just stink THAT much?
NO! Over time I’ve learned trying to follow a ton of really strict diet rules about how and what to eat every minute of the day is something none of us can do forever.
Oh, and one more thing….
DO YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES TO BUILD YOUR FOREVER-FIT LIFESTYLE?
One of the things each of these diets has in common is that there are typically many rules you must follow to be compliant. Most diets include changing a bunch of habits all at once!
But, what if you switched this up?
What if instead of following someone else’s diet rules… you began to create your OWN?
And with that…. you started with ONE habit change you could practice at a time instead of trying to implement all 10 new diet rules at once?
In my previous diets I would have 10 or more nutrition rules I had to follow… Eat at least 120 grams of protein per day. Eat 100 grams or less of carbs. Make sure I’m eating 6-8 mini meals per day. Don’t allow starchy vegetables or fruit. Drink 1 gallon of water a day. Cut out sugar in all forms.
You get the idea.
My New Forever-Fit Lifestyle:
I started with ONE habit change that I knew actually helped me on those old fad diets. For example, having some sort of lean protein multiple times per day. I noticed that protein such as greek yogurt, lean meat, low fat dairy, etc helped me with my hunger levels and I felt more satisfied.
Over time I practicing finding satisfying protein sources (which was often tough because I don’t like the taste of too much meat). Once I got into the habit of finding satisfying protein, I was on my way. I felt good, was starting to lean down (and not regain the weight that I lost)…. and I didn’t even change a bunch of other things yet because changing only ONE habit at a time was sustainable to me. I wasn’t “falling off the wagon” with my eating every weekend anymore.
One of the biggest mistakes people make during their weight loss journey is getting impatient with the process and try to “speed up” the process by changing multiple habits at once. Or they get super strict with their eating…. to the point that they dread their food.
Remember, we don’t have to force ourselves to live on fad diets, adhere to a bunch of diet rules, or dread our meals to be healthy!