If you live in the western world, you would be well aware that there are a lot of people who need to lose weight. In the United States alone, this is estimated to be 65% of the general population. With such a staggering figure, it is no surprise that many people are looking for a quick fix to this issue.
Unfortunately, it is difficult to identify a starting point. There are so many diets out there, each of which has a different philosophy. There is the Atkins, South Beach, Juicing, Weight Watchers, Grapefruit, Paleo, Cabbage Soup, Blood Type, and so on. There are so many people who have tried out this whole list. I’ll be the first to admit that I was one of the guilty ones.
Unsurprisingly, the results do not differ between individuals by that much. Most people will lose some weight following any of those diets, and I explain why in the Strategic Nutrition Guide. However, most people put the weight back on and plunge into a world of depression once the realisation sinks in. Then they try to search for the next big thing.
The phenomenon above is known as yo-yo dieting. And in my opinion it is unreal. You know, someone once said that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again but expecting a different result. In this case, the diets might be different, but they are all the same in the sense that they are all fads. And hey, 90% of diets fail!
Instead of dieting, what you should focus on is making lifestyle changes. Your progress may not be as swift, but the effects will last a lifetime. This is something I cover in all of my books that are found in the Granite Fitness Solution, the Travel Fitness Solution and the Granite Fitness Masterclass.
However, let me offer a few quick tips in this short article. Firstly, you don’t need to measure your food intake right down to the very calorie. You will need an idea of how much you are having, but don’t be paranoid about it. Some experts tell you to ditch the whole thing and eat only based on gut instinct. I disagree with that train of thought because we live in the real world, and there are some things that are psychologically difficult to overcome.
Another tip is to ditch the “good food, bad food” label. At the end of the day, you are in total control. By using such a label, you are making yourself a slave to a system that only makes you feel miserable, especially because we humans are naturally attracted to high-calorie foods. While you must control your intake of high-calorie foods, don’t make it the “forbidden fruit”.
Apart from watching your diet, the other thing you have to do is incorporate physical exercise into your life. While exercising, focus on the benefits, and don’t worry too much about how many calories you are burning. If you enjoy it, you will be more inclined to stick to it. I cover a lot of options in the Lifelong Fitness Blueprint.
Like it or not, the next diet fad is around the corner, and waiting to pounce on you like a roaring lion. However, the reality is that if you focus on lifestyle changes, and pick a good philosophy, such as the one in the Granite Fitness Solution, you don’t have to worry about jumping on the next fad bandwagon. Fact!
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