The Perfect Diet

Posted: September 2, 2009 in eating
Tags: ,
Those aren't really her jeans. They belong to her wrestler boyfriend.

Those aren't really her jeans. They belong to her wrestler boyfriend.

“What’s the most effective diet?” That question gets asked a lot. It’s like the quest for the Holy Grail — the search for the diet which will make you slim, trim, and beautiful forever. I know of some people who seem to have tried it all, from Atkins to the Zone. Yet they continue on their search for THE diet. So is there something ineffective about the diets they’ve tried before? No.

The most effective diet is one that you can stick to for the rest of your life. If the diet you are about to embark on requires you to eat nothing but bananas, think about it: are you willing to eat that way the rest of your life? True, you may lose a few pounds during the first few days (provided your willpower doesn’t break and you don’t end up stuffing yourself with sugary food). But rest assured that those pounds will come back as soon as you resume your old eating habits.

Some people think that dieting is a matter of putting all-out effort into losing weight as fast as possible, then resuming their old eating habits once they’ve hit their goals, or when they give up, whichever comes first. Hint: it’s usually the latter.

First of all, this mentality of losing a lot of weight in the shortest time possible is harmful. Sure, the ads all glamorize it (“I lost 10 lbs in one week!”). But they’re out to sell something, remember? Detergent commercials promise you sparkling, pristine white sheets that will make your family love and appreciate you even more, but we don’t seriously expect that to happen. Why should fat-loss ads be any different?

Diets should be sustainable. In training and eating for fat loss, consistency is key. So am I saying that you need to say goodbye to much-loved friends like chocolate and chips forever? A lot of people may say that a life like that isn’t worth living. I will ignore the melodrama, and say that no, you do not have to give these things up permanently. But you will not be able to eat them every single day, and in those quantities.

And not the same diet works for everyone. Just because your friend’s friend lost weight eating nothing but fish doesn’t mean it’ll work for you. I’m not saying that people’s bodies react differently to fish. I’m saying that people’s preferences for food are different, and your friend’s friend may have been able to stick to the diet because she liked fish. If you, on the other hand, don’t enjoy eating our finned friends, you’re going to have a terrible time sticking to the diet. Again, it’s consistency, not the diet per se. The sooner you stop jumping from diet to diet in search for The Diet to End All Diets, the sooner you’ll be on track to permanent fat loss.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s