For many people, myself included, the thought of 8 or 10 weeks, or worse, a lifetime of being on a diet is really off-putting when it comes to losing weight. As one person put it, “I’ll try it for a day but no longer”. I laughed but then when thinking about it, a day is all that’s needed. I can eat healthily and mindfully for a day and maybe you can too?
Maybe tomorrow, I will do the same and perhaps you could do it too? It means we do not have to think about a time 8 or 10 weeks or more in the future when the diet can stop because that’s where the problem lies.
Have you tried a number of different diets? Did they work? Yes they probably did, if you followed them. But once you stopped “following the diet”, the weight piled back on.
The trick is to find a lifetime way of eating that you can follow and enjoy without feeling constrained or deprived. It may be losing that one food item that piles on the pounds or it maybe keeping a journal, using a motivation chart or finding a supportive group that can help you stay on track.
There are also other factors involved in gaining weight or not losing it, not just the food. Researchers are finding that sleep and hormones are important. Your gut bacteria matter too. There are also a number of tips and tricks that don’t really count as “dieting”, that may help you lose weight, such as checking up on your vitamin levels for weight loss or perhaps using milk or a juice drink before meals to curb your appetite. For some people, stress or boredom are big factors in over eating and it’s important to remember that over eating today does not HAVE to mean overeating tomorrow. And there are tips and tricks for helping with stress and boredom that do not involve eating.
This site contains general information on diet and weight loss and also articles on other factors that can affect your particular weight loss concerns, especially those factors that can be applied for one day (at a time). Day 1, with a downloadable worksheet, Day 2 with an item that could be eliminated from your diet, Day 3 with restricted hours Day 4, where you restrict calories 1 or 2 days a week and Day 5 – when all else fails – are already available. As the information builds up, the special “try a diet for a day” articles will form the basis of a report that you will be able to keep to try out for yourself. If you would be interested in a report like this, or if you would like them sent by email in a weekly update, let me know through the contact form.