On a Diet? Prepare for Failure

So at the beginning of the year you decided that you were going to lose weight and get in shape. Your first step to accomplish this was to go on a diet.

When I hear the word “diet” my mind brings me back to the days of the Cabbage Soup Diet or the plan where you have a shake for breakfast and lunch and then eat a sensible dinner. I think Special K has a diet out where you replace two meals with a bowl of Special K (or other Special K product) and the third meal is what you would normally eat.

I have a friend who has decided to eat only fruits and vegetables for 21 days. I didn’t ask what happens after that. I have another friend who chooses to cut out ALL carbs. Really?

Here’s the problem with dieters … you go into these things with an “all or nothing” attitude. Why would anyone want to eat only fruits and vegetables for 21 days? Unless you are vegan … and that’s a discussion for a different post. Maybe you’re doing it to jump start your healthy eating journey. I’d like to think that but more times than not, that is not the case. Many years ago I decided that I was going to stop eating meat for 31 days. I did it and I was miserable and on the 32nd day I fried up and ate a huge plate of chicken wings. I went back to my old eating habits and never looked back.

Until recently, that is. This time I had a clear reason as to why I was giving up meat and because I was clear about the “why” I approached the transition differently. Instead of saying “I’m giving up meat” I always say that I enjoy a plant-based diet. Which means I just eat more plants than meat.

Why ONLY eat fruit and vegetables when you can simply eat MORE fruits and vegetables? Does that make sense?

If you plan to change your eating habits, that’s awesome but make sure the change is something that (1) does not have an end date and (2) is realistic and sustainable.

Changing your eating habits should not leave you starving or resentful and more times than not that is exactly what diets do.

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