February 20th, 2019
Keto, vegetarian, paleo, “Whole 30”, vegan, IFFYM, intermitted fasting, etc. The list of best diets goes on and on. Every year, there seems to be some kind of new “miracle diet” that is going to help you lose all that weight you’ve been trying to lose since the year 2000. I’m sure many of you have tried not just one, but a variety of these “diets” listed above.
I mean it has the word “die” in it.
All diets work. Based on a study comparing low-carb to low-fat diets on metabolic risks, it shows that for both groups, there is a reduction in weight, waist circumference, and metabolic risk factors. 1 This study proves that not one diet is better than the other; dieting works.
The problem comes after the diet. A diet has a starting point and an end point. What happens at that endpoint is what determines whether or not the so-called diet is working.
Ever heard of people saying, “it’s not a diet, it’s a lifestyle”? Well, this holds true. If the diet you pick isn’t something you can maintain for the rest of your life, is it really worth doing? I mean, do we want to keep the weight we lose off, or do we just want to keep it off for a small period of time?
Before you decide to jump on the bandwagon of diets, be HONEST with yourself and make a commitment to your goals. Let your goals be long term and most importantly, be patient with your journey. You didn’t gain 20lbs from one meal, so you won’t lose it eating a salad. Any diet can help you lose 15-20 pounds in a short period of time but maintaining the weight loss should be the main goal.
Sustainability is key, pick an eating habit that you can maintain a year from now. I mean I think the guys have something going here. Who wouldn’t want to have funnel cake in their “diet”!
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