So, I just received an email from a member of the mailing list asking me this question:
Hey Ash, I’ve read a few of the posts on Burning Fitness and was just hoping you’d be able to answer a question of mine if that’s alright.
Ever since I was a kid I’ve been a bit on the larger side, and I’ve tried about 15 different diets to lose weight, none of them worked!
Is there a specific weight loss diet that’s best for weight loss? I really need your help!
And I decided that instead of just emailing her my answer, I’d post it online for everyone else to benefit from too.
You see, Janet’s problem isn’t unique.
It’s actually one of the most common complaints people have when they’re trying to lose weight.
And the reason so many people have this problem with dieting is because “dieting” just plain doesn’t work.
It’s a bad idea.
It’s a scam.
And, it’ll make you fatter in the long run.
I’m not talking about following a healthy diet here, by the way. Nothing but good things will come to you if you eat healthy foods.
What I’m talking about is this “dieting” mentality, where the only reason you’re eating healthy is as a means to an end.
(That end being weight loss.)
If you’re only “dieting” in order to lose weight (with the intention of stopping your diet and reverting back to old habits when you succeed), you will always fail.
And I’m the perfect example of this.
When I was a wee lad of 16, I was overweight and trying to do something about it.
My diet wasn’t very good, so I decided I’d try something new that I found on the internet.
I reduced my calorie intake substantially, and started eating nothing but tuna, brown rice, and steamed vegetables.
A few weeks of enduring this “diet”, and I’d managed to lose weight.
(Surprise surprise, it turns out that if you cut down your calories from 3000 to 1200 a day you’re going to lose weight – who’d have thunk it?)
But not only had I lost weight, I’d lost all my energy, I’d lost my motivation, and not long after starting this “diet”, I gave up.
Just eased back into my old eating habits like nothing had happened.
And, the weight piled back on as quickly as it left.
I’m sure that story sounds familiar to you, as it’s something that happens to most people when they try to lose weight.
We tend to view “dieting” as a short-term solution, that we can just forget about after we’ve burned off a few kilos of fat.
It’s for this reason that we go overboard; choosing diets that will get us to our weight loss goals as fast as possible, regardless of if the diet is sustainable or, even healthy.
So, what can we do to solve this problem?
I’ve found that the best way to get past this dodgy “dieting” business is to find a healthy diet that you’re willing to stick to (for the next few years, at least), and do just that – stick to it.
No cutting out carbs or fat, no massive calorie reductions, no weird berry diets, and no starving yourself either.
Create a healthy diet full of fresh fruit, vegetables, meat, nuts, eggs, and all of that other natural, delicious food that’s good for you.
Once you’ve adapted to your new healthy diet, start eating a little bit less with every meal (make sure you’re tracking calories as you go), and you’ll begin to lose weight.
Best part is, you won’t fall back into old habits, and you won’t re-gain the weight you’ll have lost.