If it were easy to lose weight, we wouldn’t all have such an obsession with it. The diet industry is a multi-billion dollar industry full of crazy ideas and quick fixes. The thing is, if any of these crazy ideas and quick fixes were permanent fixes, we—the people—wouldn’t have to keep buying them and the diet industry would not be a multi-billion dollar industry.
Weight loss is much simpler than a quick fix and much harder than a quick fix all at the same time.
If you get my emails regularly, you may remember my friend Lacey. She signed up for a medical weight loss program a few years ago and—despite the fact that what she ate tasted like crap, or maybe because what she ate tasted like crap— she lost 42 pounds in 8 weeks.
When she finally gave in to eating actual food again, she gained the 42 pounds back—like 98% of dieters always do.
But here’s the thing, Lacey went right back to eating exactly what she had always eaten. And with as much as I believe quick fixes don’t work, I also know that eating exactly what you’ve been eating also isn’t going to work either.
Weight loss doesn’t happen simply by eating less of what you’ve always eaten—those are the foods that got you where you are in the first place. And weight loss certainly doesn’t happen through diet-industry-endorsed quick fixes.
Weight loss happens when you learn which foods work for your body.
This is a process of trial and error that—if done correctly—will end the battle between you and your body forever.
If you are eating foods that do not agree with you, your body will bloat or retain weight as its sign to you that what you’re feeding it isn’t working. If you’re eating the right foods for your body, the weight you need to lose will start coming off and, if you keep eating the right foods, it will stay off.
Studies and statistics have shown that most people who go on a diet gain back more weight than they lost.
This is why I don’t put my clients on diets and I won’t tell you to do on one either.
Weight loss isn’t just about the food on our plate or the hours we log at the gym. It’s about creating a well-rounded life that is feeding and nourishing us in a number of ways. So, let’s stop “dieting” and stop thinking of our workouts as the consequences of what we’ve eaten. Let’s think of it as the way we choose to live our lives and fuel our our bodies with the food that allows it to perform at an optimal level.
This is how you get a body you want.
Keep a food journal.
Write down not only what you’re eating, but also how you’re feeling at different points throughout your day. Your energy levels, your digestion and your mood are huge indicators as to whether or not your current diet consists of the right foods.
Consider an elimination diet.
If you’re finding that your energy levels, digestion and mood are inconsistent, it may be time for an elimination diet. I say “consider” an elimination diet, because it’s a big—and often extreme— commitment that shouldn’t be taken lightly, especially if you have other health concerns.
An elimination diet strips away all processed foods to give your body a break for a bit. After the initial elimination period, you’ll start to reintroduce certain foods to see how your body responds.
There are lots of different types of elimination diets and there are different ways to go about eliminating foods and adding them back in, which leads me to my next point...
Talk to a pro.
When we’ve been eating the same things and working out—or not working out‚ the same ways for a long time, it’s easy to fail to see the errors in our ways. Not to mention, nutrition has so many nuances that you can’t be expected to know and/or research all on your own.
Whether you’re all in for an elimination diet or hesitant about it, it’s great to talk to a pro. I know a good one who does free initial consultations! (hehe.) Click here to book a free consultation with me. I want to help you make educated choices about how to reach your weight loss goals.