A lot of people will tell you that there is no such thing as the perfect diet. I disagree. And before you send me some harsh feedback, hear me out.
Consumers are constantly inundated with the latest and greatest diet plan. From low-carb / high-fat, to low-fat / high-carb, and everything in between, it seems that “experts” want you to believe that they know what’s best for you. And when we ultimately “fail” on these plans (gain the weight back), those same “experts” put it on us–we lack willpower, or we don’t want it badly enough. But I call bullsh*t here.
YOU are the only expert there will ever be on YOUR body.
The reason that these diet plans are not successful is all about the plans, not the dieters. I have yet to see someone in my office who didn’t sincerely want to be healthy. It is clearly not a matter of not wanting it enough. But back to the perfect diet…
The perfect diet is the one that:
· feels good in your body
· gives you enough energy to live life the way you want to live
· is sustainable over the long term
· is realistic in your life
· honours your values
· works within the structure of your family
· fuels your body and your activity
· allows you the opportunity to connect socially with friends and family
It’s complicated right? The idea that everyone’s ideal lifestyle plan could be the same is laughable! How could a diet that encompasses all of the above be the same for everyone?
The first question I ask any client in my office after working with them to create a plan is: “Can you see yourself eating this way for the next five years?” If not, I can guarantee that the plan will not be sustainable. If we don’t lose weight in the same way we plan to sustain weight loss, we are asking for rebound weight gain.
Let me give you an example. If removing carbohydrates as a group from your diet is part of your weight-loss plan, but you intend to reintroduce them after you reach your goal weight, you will not have achieved lasting change. Eliminating carbs may help some people to lose weight, but what do you think happens when they start eating carbs again? Right. So could you swear off carbs forever? Would you even want to?
Lasting change of any kind takes time and work! At FM, we make a long-term promise that we can deliver on: sustainable, realistic, long-term fat loss through lifestyle and behaviour change. As one part of this, we will help you to find the perfect diet for YOU.
Do you know why the “lose 30 pounds in 30 days” message sells? Because, as humans, we love instant gratification. It is exciting to believe in the fantasy that we can entirely change the way we look in 30 days. It’s sexy–the allure of fast change.
Do you know what isn’t all that sexy? The truth. Sustainable, realistic fat loss may not be sexy, but that doesn’t stop it from being true, and the coaches at FM are nothing if not truth tellers.