One thing that’s super important when trying to lose weight and burn fat is your diet, is it not? And like most people in this weight loss journey, you’ve probably said at one time or another: “I need to go on a diet.” Right? Wrong. The biggest mistake you could make is going on a diet. Here’s why and what to do instead.
First, let’s say you’re going to go on a diet that restricts calories because you read somewhere in a magazine that you can lose weight quickly that way. You may or may not even know how many calories you typically as it is, but you decide to eat 1000 calories a day until you lose the weight. So do you see what just happened? You decided to go ON a diet, but then go OFF the diet once you get to where you want to be. And what do you think is going to happen at THAT point? You’re going to go right back to what you were doing before, which means your weight will go right back to where it was before. Is this making sense? (Not to mention 1000 calorie diet is definitely not healthy, but just using it as an example to make my point :))
Here’s another example: Whole 30. I am definitely not knocking Whole 30. It’s probably exactly how we should all be eating all the time. But the time frame is even in the name – 30. You do it for 30 days and then you are done. So, you’re going to give your body 30 days of clean and healthy foods, it starts detoxing itself of all the bad stuff you used to put in it, and then just when it’s settling in to this new way of eating, your the 30 days is over and you go right back to doing what you were doing before.
So what SHOULD you do? Start with one simple goal. Like, do you drink too much soda? Or, do you go to Starbucks for a muffin every morning? Let’s just start there. Make it a goal for one week to cut back from 3 sodas per day to 1 soda per day. Or decide that you’re going to have a protein shake or an omelet for breakfast Monday-Thursday and only get your muffin on Friday. Basically, begin by identifying one or two things about your diet that you know you need to change and focus on those for now. Once you start to feel the benefits of cutting down on soda and it becomes a habit to have a water bottle with you instead of a can of Diet Coke, then move on and set a new goal to change something else.
Are you catching my drift? Because here’s the thing – if the changes you make don’t become a habit, but rather, you “can’t wait til this diet is over”, then you aren’t going to make lasting changes to your lifestyle to improve your health and lose the extra weight for good. But, if you can slowly adopt a new lifestyle of eating by changing one thing at a time and allowing it to stick, THAT’S when you’re going to see long term success in your weight loss and you’ll be able to keep it off for good!
Hopefully this helps those of you struggling with chronic yo-yo dieting who can’t seem to lose the weight and keep it off. And if you need extra help, support, and motivation, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org about getting started with my Online Personal Training program! I’d love to work with you and help you lose the weight and live the life you’ve been wanting to live!
These are two of my awesome online clients who have not dieted at all, but made one change at a time to their lifestyle to get them the results they wanted and be able to maintain it!