Life Is One Damn Diet After Another

Life Is One Damn Diet After Another

Life Is One Damn Diet After Another

We're "going on a diet," as one idiom goes. The expression implies that there is a beginning and a finish, similar to a holiday journey. We fantasize about the day when we will achieve our weight loss target and how nice it will be to no longer be subjected to severe deprivation.

There's a reassuring little tape playing in the back of our thoughts, telling us that once our weight reduction program is complete, we'll be able to stop watching calories, carbs, or fats. We yearn for the day when we won't have to clench our teeth every time we decline a beloved meal that makes us drool in our sleep. We grab for the carrot and celery sticks without excitement or anticipation, tormenting ourselves with ideas of the unique delicacies we'll be able to enjoy once the diet is done.

Allowing ourselves to think of a diet as a defined, time-limited segment of our whole life span is a certain way to return to tent city (that refers to what we wear, not where we live). We must view weight loss as a lifetime effort, monitoring our intake day after day, week after week, year after year, if we are to achieve long-term weight loss.

Your heart begins to sink into your chest. "It's just not worth it if I have to live like this all the time!" you think. That small voice assures you that you are unique. You may unwind now that you know how to lose weight and can do it whenever you choose. You'll go back on your diet and be back on track in no time if you gain five pounds.

You, on the other hand, will not! Consider your weight history, which has been a bit of a shambles. We all feel that after we've lost weight, it'll be simple to go on a quick diet if we gain a few pounds back. But it doesn't work like that, does it? We begin to gain a pound here and there, but then there are some important occasions approaching, and a diet would be quite uncomfortable. We don't go back "on" our diet until we've gained enough weight to feel self-disgusting enough to justify a fresh phase of severe restriction. We've joined the yo-yo club, which includes the great majority of dieters who can't keep the weight off for more than a few weeks.

We go "on" and "off" diets for a variety of reasons, including boredom, depression, and discomfort. They distinguish us from our friends, relatives, and coworkers, all of whom continue to nibble, feast, and rejoice. Diets irritate us because of how they make us feel and how they affect our everyday life.

Let's take a look at the entire picture from a different angle for a moment.


Imagine a method of eating that entails being on a diet for the rest of your life instead of "a diet." While the thought may terrify you, don't dismiss it just yet.

Consider another widely held belief that many of us share. To lose a significant amount of weight in a short period of time, we must first choose a diet that appears to be a good fit for us and then stick to it rigorously until we attain our goal.

Let's take these two ideas and mash them together before flipping them upside down.

We will not be "on a diet." We've begun our life-changing diet. We then choose a diet, any diet, and make a commitment to stick to it for one week alone. At the conclusion of the week, we will choose a completely new diet to which we will commit for only one week. This goes on throughout the remainder of our lives, with different diets being introduced on a weekly basis.

What does this accomplish? A whole bunch of things:

1. By choosing a fresh diet each week, we eliminate the usual worry that we should have chosen a different path. We're worried that we're not receiving enough nutrients, or that we'll become sick or get a rare disease if we don't. We check the diet ratings and get nervous when we see the cautions for all of the popular shows. You won't have to worry about whether you made a good or horrible decision with our new strategy since you'll be making a new one in a week.

2. If this week's diet has a lot of "No-Nos," commit to trying something new next week that permits you to eat a presently banned fruit. For example, many individuals who lose five to ten pounds in a week have found success with a protein-based diet. They do, however, miss their favorite veggies and salads. The next week may consist only of vegetables and salads, which are likewise effective for quick weight reduction but deficient in the protein your body needs for self-repair.

You may then develop a longing for delicious bread and decide to go on a Subway diet for a week to satisfy your appetite. Switch to an entirely new diet, such as the cabbage soup diet or liquid drinks. With hundreds of diets to choose from, there are likely to be a few that incorporate the foods you crave.

You're never more than a week away from getting what you think you need to keep going. You may use spartan fad diets to lose weight rapidly, as well as calorie counting or Weight Watcher diets, which let you eat nearly anything as long as you alter your intake to be under the specified totals.

3. Your body is out of balance because of the frequent changes in your food habits. If you give your body enough time and warning, it will adapt to anything, converting protein to carbs and storing even low-calorie carbohydrates as fat pockets. When you drastically alter your diet on a regular basis, your body stops attempting to find out how to defy you and instead focuses on effectively processing what you feed it. You're skillfully outmaneuvering your clever little body with your smart little intellect.

4. Because of the continual fluctuations, you must purchase food in smaller packages. Buying those family packs of anything is foolish and wasteful. This will aid in total portion reduction, which is essential for any serious dieter. Your shopping aim is to only buy things you'll eat in the next week. If you see something you really want but it's not on your approved list, make a mental note to discover a diet that will enable you to eat it next week.

5. Because you need a new diet every week, you must study and investigate a lot of diets. The reading will serve as a reminder of your objectives and will ensure that you continue to learn about nutrition and fitness. Try something out when you find something that interests you or makes a lot of sense. Perhaps one week will demand little restriction in food but a lot of activity. It's only a week, so go for it.

6. You're in the fortunate situation of having a wide range of options yet having the framework of an organized strategy to follow. Each week's diet is regulated; the power of choice comes into play when deciding what the following week's program will be.

7. Is it possible to maintain a diet indefinitely? Yes, since you're not denying yourself anything for the rest of your life, only for a week at a time. Is it necessary to be on a diet for the rest of your life? Yes, you probably should, as long as you're consuming a variety of meals from a well-balanced combination of different diet programs. If one diet appeals to you more than another, or if one regimen works particularly well for you, include it into your routine on a regular basis. Simply make sure you don't repeat the same strategy more than once a month, otherwise your body will become accustomed to it and you'll discover it no longer works.


8. Is it possible to overeat? We've all seen extremely thin, cadaverous dieters with sunken cheekbones and slack skin (although they appear to be harder to come by these days). This may be prevented by ensuring that your meals are diversified enough that you are never without essential nutrients for lengthy periods of time. Many retirement facilities and assisted living cooperatives, for example, generate frail seniors with pale skin and bulging abdomens. Their color will improve, their vitality will grow, and their tummies will disappear if they replace their mushy, high starch meals with any of the several high protein and vegetable-fruit diets.

9. Is it possible to be excessively thin? If you go to an eating problem institution, you'll see the effects of anorexia nervosa, which are not beautiful and medically hazardous. If you have a history of being overweight, you may convince yourself that becoming too slim is not in your future. However, the chronic heavy who becomes anorexic as a result of excessive dieting, with the consequent concern about regaining even an ounce of the flesh so brutally shed, is not uncommon. Get expert treatment if you have a skewed body image and trusted people are concerned that you are too thin.

10. It all boils down to how well you use your intellect. When you're at your heaviest and have the most weight to lose, a bare-bones program that gets the fat moving is the sensible choice. More modest programs can be interleaved as you lose weight so that your skin and cheeks can respond and fill in as your weight stores disperse. If a certain area of your body is resistant to weight loss, exercise may become a more significant element of your plan than merely changing your food. Simple calorie tracking or participation in a support group may be all you need once you've reached your goal weight.

The key is to think rationally about everything and use your great intellect to train your not-so-intelligent body's insatiable appetite and calorie-counting desires. Don't attempt to cheat unless you want to cheat yourself, and then be honest and say that you don't want to lose any more weight for whatever reason. Ice cream and chocolate diet isn't a good idea when you're trying to shed fifty pounds. A strict fad diet makes little sense when you are at or below your desired weight.

Will all of this juggling of diets lead to long-term weight loss? Weight loss is never consistent since there are so many variables to consider: water retention, digestive inefficiencies, the amount of energy expended, and unique body peculiarities, to name a few. You will lose slowly over time, but there will be some ups and downs along the road.

After you've let go of the idea of "going on a diet," you may adopt a lifelong eating plan that will keep you in control of your weight for the rest of your slim life.

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