Dieting: The one question you have to ask yourself
Just one question to help you diet successfully? I don’t want to mislead you into thinking any diet-related course of action is completely effortless.
By its nature, it demands you to think consciously about what you are eating and make changes when necessary. But those changes should be gradual and bearable. Here’s how you can make it so.
Starting with two options
When it comes to dieting, as far as I’m concerned, you have two options:
Pursue a rigid, wildly overcomplicated and ultimately unsustainable eating plan.
Think simply and intuitively.
The first option typically results in quick weight loss followed by a serious wagon-related incident that results in you falling off said wagon. (Chocolate and/or ice cream would probably be involved.)
The second option, given the right circumstances, would result in achievable gradual long term weight loss and ongoing weight management at a level that is naturally suitable to you.
I’m not guaranteeing you a “perfect” Hollywood-style body — you would have to work seriously hard for that. But I can offer you the chance to be healthy enough — to enjoy your food without sending yourself down a path leading to diet-related illness.
Could you continue that diet always?
If you’re interested in option two, all you have to do is ask yourself (and periodically return to) one simple question:
Could I remain on my current diet for the rest of my life?
That’s it folks — the key to effective dieting, locked down in one simple question.
At any given time, your answer to the above question will indicate that you’re either:
Not eating enough, which means that your diet is probably unsustainable.
Eating too much, which means that you will eventually become obese (or worse) if you continue to eat as you are.
Your mind and body are more than capable of calling the situation as it is — far more so than any diet plan or so-called health expert. If you’re willing to be honest with yourself, you should have no problem answering the above question and acting accordingly.
Eat more, eat less, or eat the same. That’s all there is to it.
Why restrictive diets are your worst enemy
That said, chocolate shouldn’t be the enemy.
Seriously. Life’s too short to cut out the things that you love the most: whether that be chocolate, cake, nachos, fries or all of them (hopefully not on the same plate).
Following a diet that prevents you from eating your favorite foods is a bad idea for two reasons:
It’s incredibly hard to sustain in the long term
It can make you utterly miserable
Successful long term weight loss and weight management is not about being miserable. It’s about moderation, not dieting extremism. After all, if you’re going to be following a diet for the rest of your life, you need to make damned sure that it involves you eating all of the things that you love.