There are so many out there, so how do you choose?
Well, if you’ve read my stuff before you’ll know that I believe:
- Most diets breed perfectionism and other behaviours which make you fail, but give you just enough results to suck you into coming back for more.
- Food is just a tiny piece of the weight loss puzzle, so no diet is going to be enough on its own.
So how do we decide how to eat for weight loss?
Well, instead of picking a diet with a name, a diet with rules and a diet that requires a lot of precision like counting and weighing things, build your own.
The reason most diets are popular is because most people want simple…
Things like…an apple is 3 points, a tablespoon of oil is 120 calories, allow yourself 10 syns per day, and don’t eat after 6pm.
This eliminates a lot of thinking.
However, the paradox is that this often complicates things so much that you end up not being able to do the diet all the time, or you just don’t want to.
Sometimes you aren’t going to know how much your food weighs or how many points or calories it has. This causes you to sometimes just not do it at all.
People tell me all the time – there’s no way I’m gonna weigh my food and count calories on holiday. And too right – you shouldn’t be.
But if those things are how you regulate your food intake and you’re only doing them when it’s convenient, then your results aren’t going to be very consistent.
That’s why instead of following a plan or some kind of rules-based diet, I teach my clients a structure to follow.
This is truly the best diet out there because they choose what to eat and learn to judge the quantity.
The structure I use teaches my clients to eyeball portion sizes based on their hands.
We use the palm for protein, fists for veg, cupped hand for carbs and thumbs for fat.
[Note: This isn’t the amount to have, but how to measure.]
This way they can start to build meals without the need for precision of weighing things, counting points or logging macronutrients in an App.
Over time this becomes the default way to base meals and it works everywhere in all situations.
And this baseline structure is flexible and fluid so it will include all foods, allow for treats and can be easily adjusted based on your changing goals.
This makes the diet much more sustainable and basically a way of eating that you can be happy to use going forward.
This method of eating takes you away from the on-the-diet, off-the-diet mindset and puts you more into the grey mindset – meaning you’re always somewhere on the scale of working towards your goal rather than totally on it or totally off it as with most diets.
And as I mentioned before, food is only a part of the weight loss puzzle. No diet will work without the mindset work as well.
When you learn how to make decisions around food, decide how to set personal boundaries and stick to them, plus also eliminate emotional eating, this is when the food part of your diet truly stays consistent and you are able to lose weight long-term.
Emotional and binge eating is a big part of what holds people back from staying consistent with their diet.
If you want to take my emotional eating survey and find out your score, see the test below 👇.
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