The Right Way to Stick to a Diet
Staying on a diet is hard. It’s a constant struggle. It’s a full-time job. And it’s so much pressure! You always feel accountable. You still feel like you are restraining yourself. You always feel like you’re missing out. It just never feels like the right time to start a diet. There’s always that birthday coming up in a week, or that work event next Friday. There’s just always an excuse to either have a cheat day after dieting for a couple of days or a reason to postpone the start of your diet.
A straightforward phenomenon can explain that lack of deep motivation: you’re considering your diet as a temporary restriction. Indeed, when you are dieting, you are not profoundly changing your lifestyle. Instead, you are hoping to keep the same one while eating less or while eating a particular food and avoiding others.
However, because your true self knows that this diet is not who you are nor who you want to become, it’s seen as a struggle. Because you are always fighting your own identity and your lifestyle.
Easier said than done, right? Absolutely! But what if your diet plan is just not sustainable on a long term perspective? If you’re a cheese lover, can you imagine staying away from cheese your entire life? Seems like a long life of torture if you ask me. No wonder you can’t follow a paleo diet for long, for example. If you identify yourself as a cheese lover or a cheese connoisseur, if it’s a big part of who you are among you and your friends, it will be hard for you to give up on it completely, long term.
Most diets are tough to follow for that matter. That’s why you have to identify the diet that is right for you. You have to find a diet that allows you to eat what you love and to ditch what you can ditch. If you are mostly eating greens and grains, maybe you can give a try to the vegan diet. If you are only eating whole foods, try the paleo diet. Just try to identify what your body naturally gravitates around, and then commit to a diet that is close enough to what you would typically eat.
I don’t think any diet is healthier than another one. They all have their pros and cons, they all have their lovers and their haters, they usually have science supporting it (some do not, and you have to be careful of that). I do think that there is a diet that is right for you.
Why do you have to follow a diet, though?
If your natural eating behavior is leaning towards a diet, why do you have to follow a specific diet instead of naturally eating what your body wants? Because following a diet gives you structure. It controls the amount you’re eating, it makes sure you are not consuming contradictory food (high-fat and high-carbs are absolutely not compatible and extremely nocive for you for example), and it helps you identify what has an effect on your health and what does not.
If you are naturally gravitating towards high-fat foods but you are eating bread and pasta three times a day, there is a high possibility that you will gain a lot of weight and end up with severe heart problems in the future. However, if you follow a more strict high-fat, low-carb diet (it doesn’t have to be as extreme as a Keto diet), you might notice outstanding results in a matter of a week. If you are naturally more of a vegetarian, maybe cutting out on dairy can be an excellent way to go easier on your body and to make it feel better. Following the science of a diet by cutting out what you are supposed to and eating more of what your body naturally wants is the right way to both get structure in your life, and also get great results on your general health.
Diets shouldn’t be followed because they are trendy, but because they more or less fit your current lifestyle. They shouldn’t be seen as a restrictive plan, but more like a scientific and proven structure to get the most out of your body, by eating what you like and need, but also by cutting out on things that will harm you long term.
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