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I think every one of us who has tried to lose weight has tried to figure out what diet is going to give us the most success. What does it take to hit our goal weight? What secret combination of food and calories will help us accomplish our biggest goals and dreams? Whether it’s 10 pounds or 100 pounds that we want to lose, we still need a plan or a strategy to get ourselves there. The truth is that there is so many different plans to choose from. How can we figure out which one is the going to be perfect?
Everyone is Different
I will parrot this sentiment to the end of my days. Everybody is different. Every mind is different. Every BODY is different. So, why do we think that there is one perfect plan we have to find from other people? We can all give our experience and some their education and training. These things might be able to give us a general idea of generally successful options. However, all of these plans will most likely need tweaking. From the way we process foods and how our bodies handle exercise is going to be slightly different for everyone.
This goes hand in hand with my previous point. When you start a new strategy/diet, you need to keep track of how your body is doing with the diet. If you write it down, you will be able to find the little details that tell you what is and is not working. Keep a journal of your progress and how your body feels. If something is not working, or making you feel sick then you need to adjust. Be able to find what is right for you personally.
Choose a Life Change
Instead of choosing something so drastic to lose weight fast, that you know you can’t continue, choose something reasonable. I know someone who cut out 100% all sugars and fruits of any kind. This person lost the weight and then lost too much. When they tried to reintroduce even just natural sugars again, it made them so sick. It took a long time and a lot of doctors before this person could eat a normal healthy diet. If all you’re going to eat is minimal rice and beans, you most likely will lose weight. However, you might just gain it right back if your body has no idea how to process any of these now foreign foods. Create a diet that is a lifestyle diet rather than a temporary one.
Give Yourself the Right Tools
The key to success often lies with having the right tools. If you have a great tracking app, like my fitness pal. You can better keep your calories and your macros under control. Having those where you want them, is a huge tool for success. A lot of focus should be put on your macros. It’s been proven that a large protein diet is very successful when it comes to weight loss. Another great tool when working towards a healthy functioning body is supplements. There is so many natural supplements out there. Finding the right combination of supplements can be exponentially beneficial. I have done extensive research on the supplement Exipure. It has so many great natural ingredients that work on helping your body work as a whole. From the brain function to organ function and assistance with weight loss.
Don’t get Stuck on One Choice
One of the biggest things that I’ve learned while losing weight is that I’ve changed. I’m not talking about physically alone. I’m talking mentally as well. The way I view food and life in general has changed. The kinds of cravings that I had and my taste in food changed. So, when I first started losing weight, I specifically chose something that I thought would be a forever lifestyle diet. Then as I changed, I adjusted that lifestyle diet to fit my new view of life. I feel that I’ve gotten healthier with my view on food and therefore my diet has slowly changed for the better. I’ve stated that not every plan is right for everyone. However, not every plan is the only right plan for you. It may take three right plans over your weight loss journey to fully get you in the right place.
Remember that a Number isn’t the end Goal
Weight loss should not just be about our looks. It should be more about health. Weight loss for me was about being able to attain control over my body and health for the first time in a decade. It was so difficult trying to figure out how to stop the excessive weight gain because of hormone imbalance. This is the point in my life where I decided it would be impossible to ever regain control of my health. It took a while for me to realize that I wasn’t ok with giving up anymore. Half of the weight I lost took over two years to lose. It was such a slow process, but I focused on being a healthier person overall, rather than the number on the scale. Eventually, I broke through whatever that invisible barrier was. It was like when running you hit a wall and have to break through that wall to be able to run further and faster. Once I broke through that barrier all of a sudden, I lost the last half of my weight in 6 months. For the first time in a decade, it felt like my body was working for me rather than against me.
Always remember to focus on your overall health. In mind, body and soul, the rest will come with perseverance and time. Happiness doesn’t come because you are perfectly healthy. Health comes when you are perfectly happy. Happiness is a state of mind. I know, I know, I am oversimplifying the whole thing, but it is an important point to ponder upon (or at least it was for me). Please comment and tell me how you are working towards your health or your happiness.
7 responses to “What Diet is the Right One?”
“Create a diet that is a lifestyle diet rather than a temporary one.”
Couldn’t be more true…
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Hey! Thanks for reading. Definitely sounds easier than it is to change a lifestyle. I still have to remind myself not to fall into old habits
Wow, what great results you have. Looking great! I myself tried intermittent fasting on a whim, and it’s helped me see my abs for the first time in 39 years, so I guess that’s the one for me. And yes, you’re so right about making it a lifestyle instead of a temporary thing. People look at diet as a silver bullet, but it’s actually living the lifestyle (i.e. leaving our old self behind) that changes us. Anyway, thanks for this wonderful post, Melanie!
I appreciate your thoughtful comment. Thank you! That’s really cool that intermittent fasting made such a difference for you. After losing all the weight I’m ready for some toning. I’m hoping intermittent fasting is a good fit for me as well. What eating period works best for you? I may have started a little extreme with the 4 hour eating window. I mean I like it but wondering if 6 hour would give me more wiggle room or too much… lol yeah obviously pretty new to the intermittent fasting.
I started with 16:8 for a couple years, then extended it 18:6, but am considering going back to 16:8 because I don’t feel any benefits from extending my fast so much. I’ve gotten to the point where I’ll just eat one meal less than I used to, and stop snacking after 10 p.m.
As long as I follow those guidelines, I’m not too strict on the exact time I feed. My usual eating window is 4–10 p.m., and my lunch is pretty healthy (salad, steel cut oats, yogurt and fruits, sometimes scrambled eggs). The at night I either eat chicken breast and vege, or whatever the hell I want, lol. Pretty sustainable for my style.
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Honestly it sounds as if you’ve got the “lifestyle” part of it down. It’s something I’m still working on but the longer I do it the more natural if becomes. Thanks again for all your great comments.
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Whatever you do, I’m always up for hearing about your journey cos I love what I’m seeing so far!