Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Whats The Best Diet? - Wrong Question!

I was chatting with with a Business Associate the other day and we got onto the subject of my weight loss.  He was impressed that I had lost 70 pounds and kept it off for over five years and then asked the million dollar question "what's the best diet and which one did you use?"  After I finished laughing (in case you didn't know I don't believe in diets...) I launched into a series of questions for him.

ME - "Are you interested in losing weight?"
HIM - "Yes"
ME - "Is your goal short term or long term?"
HIM - "Long term of course."
ME - "Then why are you interested in a diet?"

Wow - you should have seen the look of confusion on his face.  This is a very intelligent, business professional who in spite of his incredible brain power, just didn't get it when it came to the subject of weight loss.  Much like the rest of the population, he associated losing weight with some form of specialized diet program.

I don't believe in diets (and never used one) for one simple reason - they aren't sustainable.  Pay close attention to what I just said!  I didn't say you wouldn't lose weight with a diet plan, I'm saying that in almost every case, diets are not something that the average person can live with for the rest of their life.

To be honest, I have not evaluated many of the 14000 diet plans that exist out there, but for sure the majority are focused on a specified set of food restrictions over a given period of time.  If strictly adhered to, most of them will deliver what they promise - some form of weight loss.

But what happens when the diet ends?  Being that the diet itself was the catalyst for losing weight, once it ends, the weight tends to come back.  It's a known fact that most of the people who lose weight gain it back and the reason is very simple - weight loss must be a long term commitment - something you can sustain for the rest of your life.  Short term diets simply don't fit the bill... they only deliver short term results.

So my response to anyone who wants to know my secret is that you have to find a good combination of food and exercise that you can live with forever and that ensure that you burn more than you eat.  I have tons of information on this website and in my book on the details, so do the research and find something that works for you. 

Avoid the hype and ignore the celebrity endorsements - study the successes of average people who successfully lost weight on their own, and then kept it off.

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