You know that when enough experts point out the fact that the word "diet" has the core word "die" in it - that maybe, just maybe, you are going about weight loss in the wrong way. Of course, some people are able to embark on a unique diet that offers them long term and sustainable weight loss, but according to current statistics, that group is quite small. Instead, most of us try the newest diet trend or the latest diet that a friend is on, convinced that it will work for us too, and disregarding the reality that he or she inevitably gained back the weight, and so will you. Most of the "successful" diets invariably involve 800-1000 calories, regardless of what they are promoting. The Cookie Diet, versions of Atkin's, Eat Like a Bird, the Cabbage Diet, Slimfast and others - when people follow these diets in their strictest versions - they clock in at less than 1200 calories. And pretty much across the board, most dieters on these programs gain back the lost weight and a bit more.
Experts in the field of dieting typically will tell you the following:
The best diet is a diet that offers a weight loss of 1-2 pounds/week
The best diet is one that offers food group superstars - fruits, vegetables, whole grains, healthy fats, lean meats in moderation, plant-based protein, fat-free dairy products.
The best diet emphasizes serving sizes
The best diet does not completely disregard a particular food group
The best diet is the one that you, personally can follow, long term without feeling severe deprivation.
The best diet is the one that sustains your weight loss for life.
So with that in mind, I have a 4 step homework assignment that I will present in my next series of blog postings, to help you recognize why your diet may be failing you, why you seem to be in a revolving door of diets, why you invariably gain back the weight, and how you can change this ongoing situation so that you do embark on a healthy weight loss program that will help you to lose much of your excess weight - and keep it off.
Take a sheet of paper and turn it sideways so a horizontal line you draw from end to end goes across the longer side of the page. At the left side draw a small line down from the line's edge and write the first date (year) that you either embarked on your first diet or were told that you need to lose weight (for most who struggle with weight issues, this will have occurred in childhood or your teen years). At the other end of the long line draw another line down and write today's date, your current weight, the diet you are currently on (if you're on one), and/or your goal weight.
Now in between those 2 endpoints, draw lines down, chronologically writing weight highs and lows, diets you went on, major weight losses or gains (true milestones) and any major stresses/events in your life.
We'll talk about the results and go to assignment 2 next week.
Published On: October 23, 2009