It's the start of a New Year and a time when many people think about starting a restrictive diet to shed the Christmas pounds. Sadly there is no quick fix to weight loss, and consider what you will do when the diet ends. Research shows that people who go on a crash diet end up putting the same amount of weight, and sometimes more back on when they stop the diet.
If you're considering a crash diet, here are 3 questions to ask yourself first:
1. Can you eat this way for the rest of your life? Our brains are pretty hard-wired when it comes to the food we eat. We know what we like, and we're creatures of habit, choosing the same sorts of foods over and over again to eat. If you had to suddenly change all of that and cut out foods you normally love to eat, would you be able to do that on a long-term basis? If the answer no, consider why you would want to put yourself through the process in the first place, and if you were to embark on such a diet, would you experience feelings of frustration and failure when you gave up and went back to your usual diet? It's natural to want to lose the festive bulge as quickly as possible, but what's the rush? Slow and steady (and sensible) wins the race.
2. Why does the diet work? There is a vast array of diets on the market these days, all packaged up to look like the new 'secret' to losing weight but most of them don't tell you why that diet works and that's because it's the same reason every diet works, a calorie deficit. But that's not as exciting as the latest diet trend so it gets dismissed. Label them any way you like, keto, low carb, low fat, cabbage soup, body type, blood type, the list goes on but the bottom line is that they will all reduce the amount of calories you consume in one form or another leading to weight loss, so would you prefer to limit yourself on what you can eat, or just reduce the portion sizes of the food you're already used to and like eating?
3. Will you be missing out on vital nutrients? Every day, our bodies need a certain amount of carbohydrates, protein and fats along with a variety of vitamins and minerals to support good health. If a particular diet removes a food group from your diet, you will not be getting the essential nutrients your body needs which can lead to serious deficiencies. Is a restrictive diet worth the risk?
The number one way to sustainable weight loss always has and always will be consuming fewer calories than you burn so before making big changes to your diet in an attempt to lose weight, take a good look at what you currently eat and drink and decide where you can make a few changes.
I help women just like you to find a weight loss solution that suits them. If you'd be interested in learning more about how you can make your diet work for you, send me a message and let's chat.