If you are telling folks that you are on a diet, or that you need to lose ‘x’ amount of pounds to fit into some old clothes by a nearby date, be careful. Chances are that either you are not going to lose weight, or that you will lose the weight, but you are not going to maintain it.
First of all, in regards to diets, they work, but they don’t work. HUH??
Let me explain. Almost any diet works, and by that I mean that they produce the intended effect of weight loss (I will discuss this same concept in my upcoming eBook). If the diet involves caloric restriction of any kind, whether directly or through reduction/elimination of certain foods, it will cause you to lose weight. Yep, even if the diet is not nutritionally sound (like the twinkie diet, or those old high protein/no carbohydrate diets from about a decade ago), it can cause weight loss.
But at the same time, going on a diet does not work. When one “goes on a diet”, it is usually for a very specific reason and for a short term goal. I am tired of seeing two abs and want to see six instead, or I want to prepare for a high school reunion. Guess what, though? If the diet is harder than I thought, or if I actually do accomplish my short term goal, I am going to stop…and I am going to regain the weight. Why? Because I did not change my MINDSET.
If your mind has not been set to make permanent lifestyle changes, you can pretty much forget losing weight or maintaining weight loss. Any habit, good or bad, was developed gradually by practice, and that is the same way that your weight loss is going to come about…by a commitment to gradual, permanent changes. If you really want to lose weight, and more importantly, be healthy, there is no other way.
So here’s what you need to do:
- Count the cost. If you really want to lose the weight, no shortcuts, you gotta know that it is going to be hard. Go ahead and accept that.
- Make GRADUAL changes. I know you want to lose it fast, but please do not rush it! Anything worth anything takes time, and permanent weight loss is one of those things. Do not switch from a diet filled with junk food to one with all salad in a day. Replace soda with water first. After a week or so, replace fried foods with green vegetables. Lock that in and make another change, and so on.
- Make a commitment. Make your diet and lifestyle changes with the mindset from the beginning that you are in it for the long haul. If not, you are probably wasting your time.
- Ask for help! For those of you who believe in God, ask Him for help. Do you not think that a healthy body is important to Him? I believe that He will help you. If you want any advice from me, please comment below, or you can send me an e-mail and I will try to help. Also, look around and see if there is someone already around you who can give you advice and/or hold you accountable.
Let’s move away from dieting in the traditional sense, as well as short term goals, and toward taking good care of ourselves through gradual, committed change to our lifestyles. Let’s go ahead and lose that weight!