How can I possibly say there’s no such thing as a weight loss diet?
After all, there’s a good chance you know there is because you’ve tried about a dozen of them.
But the fact you’ve tried several different diets, some of which “worked”, but most didn’t, tells me one very important thing…
You think you need to follow a weight loss diet to lose weight.
There Is Only One Way to Eat
Here’s the thing: there is no weight loss diet – there is only eating, and the way you choose to eat now better be the same as in the future, or you’re going to be in for a lot of heartache.
Most people think there’s the way you’re eating now and the way you need to eat to lose weight. But I’d challenge you to think of it differently.
Instead, what you really have is the way you’re eating now, and the way you need to eat to maintain a healthy weight.
There is no weight loss diet. There’s a healthy weight maintenance diet. And that’s what we’re trying to create right from the start, in a slow, methodical way.
You want to layer habits into your life one at a time until you’ve accumulated dozens of new ones. And once you do that you’ll experience transformation.
Changes Should Be Forever
You should never make a change to your diet that you don’t intend to keep.
If you’re going to cut carbs to lose weight you better plan to live with that decision – forever. Because once you reintroduce those old behaviors, you’re going to get the old results.
If you plan to do intermittent fasting or Paleo or Atkins (etc), you better be committed to following that way of eating for the rest of your life. Otherwise, you’re just dieting, and old habits will come back and old results will resurface.
What you want to do is implement habits that, by side effect, lead you closer to your desired outcome. These are the same habits you will have for the rest of your life. And they are the same habits that will lead you to your goal AND help you maintain your weight loss.
Create an Inclusive Eating Style
I like to have people focus on adding in the good habits that take them closer to their goals instead of focusing on taking away the bad habits.
When you add good habits into your life you end up crowding out the bad ones. You want to focus on these good habits because what you think about the most tends to fill your life.
If you think about all your problems and bad habits, that’s all you’ll notice, and it will be hard to create your success mindset.
Instead, approach your healthy lifestyle in a positive and inclusive manner. Because I can assure you, if you create 20+ of these good habits over the course of a year, you will be a completely different person.