For the first time in a decade, losing weight will NOT be one of my New Year’s resolutions. The reason? After years of piling on the padding (and a few failed weight-loss attempts) I’ve lost 60 lbs. over the past four months.
I’ve only blogged about diet once and did so hesitantly. But that two-year-old post is still getting consistent hits. Everybody is Googling for the silver bullet to shedding pounds. They think that there must be some secret diet, high-tech fitness equipment, or miracle pill that will finally give them health.
As I said back then, fat people offer the most dieting advice. So I swore that I wouldn’t address the subject again until I was a much thinner man. Now that I’ve achieved a moderate level of scrawn, I wanted to share several counter-intuitive observations about weight loss.
- Every diet works.
South Beach, Jenny Craig, Atkins, Slim Fast, Medifast, Zone, Modified Zone, Nutrisystem, Jared’s Subway Spectacular — each one of these mainstream diets works like a charm. As will any diet or exercise program that takes in less calories than it expends.
After failing at a couple of the above plans, I decided that they didn’t work. It was only recently I determined that these diets didn’t fail — I did. If I would have stuck with their program, the weight would have fallen off.
So read about the different options and choose the one you think will fit best with your lifestyle. Then choose a second option.
Every backup diet works too.
Say you’re driving to an important meeting and an bad accident blocks your usual route. Do you just go home? No, you use a different route to get to there. If weight loss is an important goal, you’ll act accordingly.
Since failure is always dispiriting, pick your detour diet ahead of time. Creating this fallback actually helps you stick to your original plan by changing your choices. No longer are you choosing between a bland shake and a DQ Double Mint Oreo Blizzard with Xtreme Spr!nklz. Instead you’re choosing a Slimfast shake or an Atkins shake.
No one has ever cheated on a diet.
You can’t cheat a diet, but you can cheat yourself. If you sneak in a greasy cheesesteak, the diet plan is going to be fine. You are the only one who will suffer since you’re further from your goal. And although we all fall short sometimes, don’t pretend you’re getting away with something.
Develop a healthy negative attitude.
When going through various diets’ promotional literature, I read a lot of happy talk about the various diets. “The food is DELICIOUS!” “I was NEVER hungry!” “It’s SO EASY!”
Lies all. I don’t care which diet you choose. The food sucks. You’re desperately hungry, at least early on. And it’s tough as hell to stick to the plan.
Obviously, I maintained a positive attitude about achieving my ultimate goal, but I didn’t lie to myself about what a breeze the diet would be. I decided that life would suck for a few months, but the result was worth it. And every time I sort-of enjoyed a pre-packaged diet soup, it was a pleasant surprise.
And finally, The Key to Losing Weight (and Keeping It Off)
You’ll lose weight when you want health more than you want that donut.
It’s just that simple — and that difficult. I was overweight for years and had several failed attempts at lasting weight loss. But it wasn’t the fault of the diet, my metabolism, genes, body type or anything else. There was no rare medical condition that was keeping the pounds on. I just didn’t want to lose weight as much as I wanted another plate of buffalo wings.
I could list 20 more tips and tricks that helped me along with way. But ultimately I had to make the choice for myself. And once I made that decision, I had little choice but to lose weight.
So, I chose the plan best suited to me and selected a backup plan. I wrote 17 reasons why I wanted to be healthy and read them daily. I planned my meals days in advance and joined an online support group. I gave away my XL clothing like Cortez burned his ships.
And I’ll keep the weight off as long as I opt for health over heartburn.
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December 31st, 2008 by admindude