How would you define a diet (eating plan/lifestyle change/whatever you want to call it) that works?
Lately, and not so lately, I’ve had people give me diet advice that seems a bit faulty.
At a previous job, my boss raved about the benefits of one of those shake diets. She’d lost heaps of weight on it so it obviously worked. She was much bigger than me and saying this as she took a large helping of morning tea. All the weight she’d lost, and more, had come back but hey, the diet worked!
Another workmate was talking about the lemon detox diet. I told her I’d thought about it but realised that the near starvation levels and lack of nutrition meant you were cannabilising muscle rather than losing fat (but I said it much less succinctly). Her answer was – “but so and so lost over 10 kilos on it!” Again, so and so had lost the weight.
I guess this is how diet industry makes money: judge on short term results; fit into the wedding dress then let yourself go.
To me, a diet only makes sense if you lose weight and keep it off. If you can sustain the plan in the long term. It’s easy to lose weight, I’ve done it heaps of times 🙂
Anyway, I’ve lost 2 kilograms over the past 3 weeks. I’ve got a lardfull of Christmas weight to get rid of and then some. I guess I can’t proclaim to have The Way as I’ve put on so much weight myself. But you know something, I’m over my fussing about it. I figured out this: if I put on 15 kgs in year, I sure as hell can lose 15 kgs in a year. Cut out the things I don’t care about, the “just because” things. That’s best way!