Why Diets Really Don’t Work and a Simple Eating Plan that Does

by kmstarry@gmail.com on June 30, 2015

Why Diets Really Don’t Work and a Simple Plan that Does

Why Diets Really Don’t Work and a Simple Eating Plan that Does

Diets don’t generally work because they focus on restriction and elimination. Did you ever notice the first three letters of the work diet? D-I-E. Instead of helping a person develop healthy eating habits, diets require people to virtually eliminate many foods. That’s not natural and once a person is off the diet, they go right back to their old eating habits. Usually gain back the weight they lost, and sometimes more than they lost. Thus the term yo-yo diets.
So What Does Work to Lose Weight?
You might be surprised to find out that to lose weight you simply have to change your habits. You replace each bad habit with a good habit. The result, over time, is lasting weight loss. Here are some examples of bad eating habits and their potential replacements:
* Bad habit – drinking soda (diet or regular)
* Good replacement habit – drinking water
* Bad habit – snacking on sugary foods
* Good replacement habit – snacking on healthy foods like fruit, vegetables, nuts
* Bad habit – eating fast food for lunch
* Good habit – packing a healthy lunch
Your Simple Plan for Success
If changing your eating habits all at once you can do it gradually. Make a list of the poor eating habits you have. Then spend a week journaling what you eat, when you eat it and how much you ate. Don’t modify your habits, just document them. Once the week is over, take a look at the habits you need to replace. Add them to the list you already created. Now, make a list of replacement habits. A good way to track what you are eating is an app like MyFitnessPal.
For example, if you notice that you skipped breakfast three days last week, then a replacement habit will be to eat a healthy breakfast. You should never skip breakfast or any meal.
Your next step is to document how you can achieve your new habit. Using the breakfast example, you could buy fresh fruit and protein power on Sundays and make smoothies for a quick and healthy breakfast each day. Steve and I love Shakeology have it as a meal replacement every day. If you’d like more information, just ask.
Finally, choose one habit to focus on at a time. Try to adopt too many new habits and you’ll likely struggle. Simply choose one and focus on adopting it. After three weeks you should have found success. Then you can choose the next healthy eating habit to integrate into your daily life.
As you work your way through your list of new habits, you’re going to notice changes. You’re going to start having more energy. You’re going to begin feeling successful and in control of your health and weight. And you’re going to start losing weight. Celebrate these moments and use them to help you stay motivated. You’re developing a lifelong healthy eating plan. It’s the simple strategy for success.
If you need help you can sign-up for any of our FREE groups. We talk about healthy eating. We also talk about meal prep that makes it easy to stick with healthy eating. My motto is EASY! If it’s easy you are more likely to stick with healthy eating habits. Another good reason to join our groups is for accountability, you can check in daily, chat about things that you may be having difficulty with, things that are working good, etc. Not only can we help you, also the other members of the group are helpful too.

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