Last updated on Jun 16th, 2020 at 12:29 am
“Reality Check” is an article series which looks at common mistakes people make when they begin dieting for weight loss. We’ll check out some ‘thought adjustments’ that will help you make better choices on your journey. The articles include tips, new ideas to try, strategies to follow, and encouragement to keep you moving forward.
The magic is in the middle
- Person A: “I’ve cut out everything except red meat. I feel amazing, and I’m losing weight.”
- Person B: “Oh, well I’ve cut out everything except grapes and apples, and I also feel amazing and am losing weight.”
- Person C: “I’ve decided to cut out peanut butter sandwiches, and I feel amazing and I’m losing weight”.
The list of diets available for you to follow is endless… The Paleo diet, the carnivore diet, the vegetarian diet, the vegan diet, the zone diet, the Atkins diet, Weight Watchers, Weigh Less, intermittent fasting (of all types), KETO, blood group, all the detox diets.
They all promise similar outcomes, based on scientific evidence and lots of ‘before’ and ‘after’ photos.
But how can they all be right?
It’s not possible, surely.
The truth is that almost all diets ultimately incorporate one KEY factor. They restrict your calorie intake.
So you can choose any of them and succeed (obviously, do your research and make sure the diet you choose is HEALTHY as well as restricting calories)
Find the middle ground
My recommendation is to take the best elements from each diet, and build yourself a healthy, balanced, and long-term diet and lifestyle.
Eat lots of veg and fruit, some meat and eggs, a little dairy, some nuts and seeds, and any other unprocessed foods. Drink mostly water, and a little other stuff. But ABOVE ALL, monitor your calorie intake, and make sure you’re exercising.
That is the magical key to weight loss, health, and happiness.
Read more in the ‘reality check’ series below:
- Weight loss reality check: How to form long-lasting habits
- Weight loss reality check: How about something easy for a change?
- Weight loss reality check: Who’s benefitting from your diet plan?
- Weight loss reality check: Are your goals good for you?
- Weight loss reality check: Your relationship with food is key
- Weight loss reality check: What is a ‘healthy’ body weight, anyway?
- Weight loss reality check: New Year’s (every) day
- Weight loss reality check: New year, new you? Here’s the uncomfortable truth
- Weight loss reality check: Some extra calories are better than others?
- Weight loss reality check: Holiday diet dos and don’ts
- Weight loss reality check: The caveman diet?
- Weight loss reality check: Should you eat like a lion?
- Weight loss reality check: Don’t turn to food for comfort
- Weight loss reality check: Maybe you need to eat MORE
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