Hopefully you’ve identified the reason you want to lose weight and if so, let’s talk specifics. (If not, check out my last blog) Nearly everyone I know has gained weight with age, and trust me, they didn’t intend to. You eat a few more calories than you burn and after a year, you’re up a couple pounds. By the time you’re 50, you’re up 30+ pounds. But you don’t have to accept that – you can control your weight if you have the right tools and information. It’s a choice. Take your power!
Great news – you don’t have to go on a “diet” to lose weight
What is a “diet” anyways? In most cases, people associate the word “diet” with deprivation, hunger or suffering – which is exactly why “diets” actually work in the short-term but fail in the long-run. You follow an eating style which drastically cuts calories and you lose weight – but if you don’t make this eating style permanent, the weight creeps back on, and then some. So here’s the solution – don’t go on a “diet” unless you enjoy the foods and can see yourself eating that way for life. And more good news – you can eat the way you like to. The longest and most comprehensive scientific study comparing different weight loss diets has confirmed that you lose weight when you reduce calories, regardless of the type of diet you follow.[i] So whether it’s high carb, low carb, high protein or low fat, it doesn’t really matter as long as you eat fewer calories than you burn. In my next posting, I will share with you a game plan for how you can do it NOW!
[i] FM Sacks et al. Comparison of Weight-Loss Diets with Different Compositions of Fat, Protein, and Carbohydrates. N Eng J Med. 2009;360;859-73.