You Don’t Need a Fad Diet, Just a Plan

Over the last few years I’ve dropped a lot of weight. From my peak to where I currently am I lost about 100 lbs in total, however, it was over about three to four years. It took a lot of trial and error, will power, and a want to change things. The one thing I learned though was there’s no cookie-cutter approach to it.

When I first got serious about getting in shape I tried a couple fad diets. Whether it was the Atkins Diet, or the Paleo thing, or even the more extreme ones, nothing worked. I’m not saying they haven’t worked for people, but they didn’t work for me. It took me a little while, but I learned it was because the changes were too drastic.

The way I was approaching my diet was akin to me going into the gym and trying to bench press 150 lbs or run 12 miles on the treadmill without having been to a gym in a decade. It was insane. You have to build up a foundation, and build up until you reach a certain point. You can’t just proclaim one day “Ok I’m a vegetarian now,” and start dropping weight.

For example, I tried to do the whole “cheat day” thing, where you get to have one day a week where you can eat what you want. However, I found that just made me pig out on that day, and sometimes it would carry over to the next day. Then, before I knew it, I was back to eating whatever, whenever.

My solution was to break up the three meals over the week. I could have whatever I wanted for one breakfast, lunch, and dinner in a given week. Not that I couldn’t go out if something came up, but if I did, and was out of a cheat meal, I would have to be healthy with the choice. So instead of one day to look forward to and gorge, I had three days to look forward to, which made the week much easier to get through.

I guess what I am saying is it all goes back to that Oscar Wilde quote: “Everything in moderation, including moderation.” Don’t kill yourself by restricting what and when you can eat things you enjoy eating, and don’t think you have to pick one diet and stick to it. Whether you want to drop weight, get in shape for an event, or just feel better in general, pick and choose what works for you, not for some quack trying to sell a book.

5 thoughts on “You Don’t Need a Fad Diet, Just a Plan

  1. Those silly fashionable diets with their fancy names are highly overrated. Whenever you look any information on them it is like they are the next best thing since sliced bread even though they have shortcomings. Every fashionable diet plan has its shortcomings and you need to know those to live a healthy life.

    I’m glad I’m not the only one having an issue with these fashionable diets.

    My new personal approach to dieting is that it isn’t about food only, it is about shifting your life to a different gear. The number one cause of my weight problem is that I consume way too many carbs in the form of sugars and get too little fiber in my body. Those sugars are mainly due to consuming way too many prepared meals from the store. Those meals are loaded with additives that all end in -ose. Solution: Start making homemade meals; it takes time, but I know for certain it is the first step to getting my body on track to weight loss. It isn’t going to be easy, formulating a meal plan is been tough. I am still struggling with even figuring out a full week of 3 meals and 3 (healthy) snack moments. I’m hoping to have 50% of the days be vegetarian to really up my fiber intake.

    I’ll get there eventually; changing my life and habits in little steps; changing habits from bad to good takes time.

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  2. Those silly fashionable diets with their fancy names are highly overrated. Whenever you look any information on them it is like they are the next best thing since sliced bread even though they have shortcomings. Every fashionable diet plan has its shortcomings and you need to know those to live a healthy life.

    I’m glad I’m not the only one having an issue with these fashionable diets.

    My new personal approach to dieting is that it isn’t about food only, it is about shifting your life to a different gear. The number one cause of my weight problem is that I consume way too many carbs in the form of sugars and get too little fiber in my body. Those sugars are mainly due to consuming way too many prepared meals from the store. Those meals are loaded with additives that all end in -ose. Solution: Start making homemade meals; it takes time, but I know for certain it is the first step to getting my body on track to weight loss. It isn’t going to be easy, formulating a meal plan is been tough. I am still struggling with even figuring out a full week of 3 meals and 3 (healthy) snack moments. I’m hoping to have 50% of the days be vegetarian to really up my fiber intake.

    I’ll get there eventually; changing my life and habits in little steps; changing habits from bad to good takes time.

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  3. Thanks for reading!

    You nailed it with the small, intricate changes. I cut out soda because of the sugar and that helped immensely. Although every now and then I will have a Coke, but the constant, everyday consumption is done.

    I did the same thing when it came to preparing my own meals and going more veggie based. It helps a lot, and also makes meat taste better when you do have it. Plus you can get better quality since you’re not purchasing it on a regular basis.

    Keep up the great work! It’s not easy, and you’re right, you have to change the way you think, not just what you eat. You have to train your brain what to want and go from there. Also, don’t worry about small setbacks, I would get so down if I had fast food or ate pizza, but it happens.

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  4. Congratulations on your weight loss! I also lost quite a bit of weight, but over a shorter time period. What really helped me was getting out of the diet mindset. Fortunately, I skipped the fad diets and jumped straight into long term, sustainable changes that led to not only successful weight loss, but the ability to maintain for many years! 🙂

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  5. Thanks, and congrats to you as well! Yup, gotta change the mindset, not just the now. Maintaining it has been tough at times, but it’s much easier when you are thinking long-term.

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