Today I wanted to touch on dieting versus lifestyle changes. When asked what is the best diet. my answer is always the one you can live with long-term and still be successful.
Coaching confessions…I never truly tried any of these diets. I don’t have the patience to track my food or the desire to restrict anything from my diet.
Over the years I changed what I ate and my physical activity a number of different times to get the weight loss I wanted. Then when things went back to ‘normal’, I gained the weight back.
I didn’t learn how to eat. When I finally hit the point where I had to make a more significant change, I decided to go with the lifestyle change.
I had deeper reasons for it than I had in the past. I’m older and want to be an active participant in life, not a passive one.
Looking back, there were times where I did restrict what I ate. No sweets. No alcohol. No pizza!
But those were point in time choices I made to help me build new, healthier habits. They weren’t directions of a diet that I felt I needed to rebel against.
Where to begin?
There are so many different diets out there. So many ways to lose weight.
It’s no wonder that people throw their hands up and run for cover when facing dieting options to meet their goals.
Weight Watchers, Paleo, South Beach, Atkins, Zone, DASH are just a few that were covered in the webinar I watched today. The list presented had over 50 diets…and that wasn’t all that are out there.
Did people lose weight? Yes.
Did all of those people keep the weight off? No.
Diets may be effective for the short term. To look good in pictures for a wedding or to wear that smaller sizes dress for a reunion.
They promise quicker results than a lifestyle change.
It appears to be easy to do in just 30 days!
But the aftermath may have longer-term effects that may not be worth it.
Gaining more weight than before the diet. Taxing your body because of missing vitamins and minerals. The added stress of counting calories, carbs, points, etc.
One of the biggest risks to the various diets was sustainability. There are a number of reasons noted why people can’t or don’t sustain a diet:
- don’t feel good while on the diet
- social pressure
- lack of results
- too rigid, restrictive or complicated
- bored with food choices
The diets presented have very similar goals: help people lose weight and be healthier overall. Some even target certain things such as high blood pressure or heart disease.
But how they go about these goals are where things get messed up.
Making small changes to your daily habits over time will also get you to your goals. It is no doubt a slower process, but because you don’t deprive yourself…it’s much more likely to succeed for the long term.
We are here to help you work through all of the noise that’s out there and to find what changes you need to make for your goals.
You are the expert on your body and on your life. We are here to provide information and support so that you can attain the goals you’ve set for yourself…for the long term.
Please reach out when you are ready to stop dieting and learn lifestyle changes!
Note: Information provided by the Dr. Sears Wellness Institute.