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.