I'm sure you have been in the position before where you had your hopes up that a certain diet would give you the lasting results you wanted only to be let down and frustrated. I've been there! Part of my job is to get clients the best results possible. Therefore, I try out all the new trendy diets to get my own personal feedback and opinions. Do I go into them with high hopes? No. I know most of them are not sustainable, but I want first-hand experience with them all so I can speak intelligently about them to those who come to me looking for results. If you have given up on diets in the past, I have the reason why along with how to get the lasting results you desire.
Stop Giving Up on Diets by Simply Giving Up on Diets
I know what you're thinking. WTH is this guy talking about? Sometimes even I'm confused by what I'm saying, but in this instance, it makes perfect sense. If you've given up on diets, I'm sure it wasn't the first time and it won't be the last if you continue to look at trendy diets as your solution to a weight loss problem. Diets suck. There, I said it and it needed to be said. They don't work and they leave more people angry and frustrated than those who actually succeed by using them. Why is this?
When you break it down, it's very simple to understand why many trendy diets don't work and why so many people have given up on diets. They aren't easily sustainable and you can't continue following them long-term because it doesn't align with your lifestyle.
Let me ask a very simple question and I want you to answer it honestly. Can you live without eating carbohydrates such as pizza, donuts, or ice cream? No? Ok, that eliminates the ketogenic diet along with some others that cause you to have your carbohydrates extremely low. The problem is, most people enjoy consuming desserts and other food items that have carbohydrates in them. And I'm not here to tell them they can't consume those types of food items as I, myself, don't eliminate them and I don't have my clients eliminate them either.
Most diets on the market today are not lifestyle diets. What I mean by that is, they don't align with your lifestyle and eating habits and therefore cause you to fail. It makes perfect sense. If I told you the way for you to get in shape is to walk everywhere rather than using your car, there will come a day where the weather is bad and you say screw it and you drive your car. It's the same with your diet. You can't sustain that lifestyle in the long-term. It just doesn't work.
You need to follow a nutrition plan (notice I didn't say "diet") that fits your lifestyle. A great alternative to all of these trendy diets is to track your calories and macros. This will give you a visual along with a goal to hit each day. The numbers don't lie and when you follow this type of plan, you're more likely to succeed when you aren't so restricted like you would be with all of these trendy diets.
With a lifestyle diet (you can think more along the lines of "if it fits your macros" or "IIFYM”), you don't need to eliminate entire macronutrients. Not only is that not healthy but it's not possible for most people to sustain.
Here's the common denominator of every diet on the market today. They all have you consume fewer calories than what is needed for maintenance. For instance, if 2,000 had you maintain your weight, 1,750 calories would put you in a deficit and if you followed it for an entire week, you would theoretically lose 0.5lb during that week. Drop it to 1,500 calories per day and it would be 1lb weight loss for the week. It doesn't matter what diet you follow, the numbers still work. So, why not follow a lifestyle diet that isn't so restrictive? It's all about making better nutritional choices. It's not about being restrictive and making weight loss harder than it already is.
Utilize what I mentioned above and you will never need to say you have given up on diets ever again because "diets" won't even be part of vocabulary anymore. It's a lifestyle change along with tracking your calories and macros that will yield you the best results and not have you craving "bad foods" during the process because you can still consume them in moderation. Moderation is key to both physical and mental health.