This is not another blog about what diet is best for weight loss and how long to diet for. That’s because any diet will work. As long as it puts you in a calorie deficit, then you will lose weight. The super duper important caveat here though is, that you have to stick to it for a reasonable amount of time for it to work.
Which begs the question, just how easy is it to follow your choice of diet so that you can stick to it indefinitely? That’s why I don’t talk about specially about dieting, I talk about healthy food habits and eating behaviours instead.
Examples of the type of diets I'm referring to are Weight Watchers, Slimming World, calorie counting, if it fits your macros, low carb, low fat, Paleo, grapefruit diet, alkaline diet, and detox diets to name but a few.
[Read more about what I think about detox diets here.]
While following (or at least trying to follow) the above type of diets, ask yourself the following:
Do you actually enjoy eating this way so it doesn't feel like a monumental effort for you?
Does it leave you feeling good and energized and not lethargic and drained or constipated?
Does it allow you to enjoy fun food from time to time so you don't feel starved or deprived?
Can you maintain this way of eating forever and turn it into a lifestyle (to be cliché about it)?
If you answered no to any of these, then you may want to rethink your choice of diet.
The commonality between most diets is calorie restriction. Eat fewer calories than you expending, et voila, weight loss. The more drastic the restriction, the quicker you will lose the weight, but the more unsustainable it will be.
Read that again.
The more drastic the restriction, the quicker you will lose the weight, but the more unsustainable it will be.
Restrictive type diets only work for the short time that you are following it. As soon as you resume your normal eating behaviours then you will more than likely regain the lost weight.
It’s a perpetual cycle of yo yo dieting, one which can leave you with a feeling of despair, guilt, and diminished self-worth.<