I am a firm believer that fad diets just don’t work! This is why it is a multi-million pound industry – as soon as you give up one failed fad diet (or regain weight after finishing it) we launch into another, often swayed by interviews with slim celebrities claiming miracle results. These celebrities really make my blood boil! Take for instance Jennifer Aniston’s famous baby food diet or Beyoncé’s maple syrup diet. And when I mention these women, you think of their amazing figures don’t you? So why shouldn’t you try these diets? Because sorry to break it to you, you may lose weight initially, but these diets are just not sustainable or healthy for that matter!
Basically, being on a fad diet is always going to be short term, they claim you’ll have the body you’ve always wanted after just a few weeks! But this is just not sustainable. Most people will just pile back on the weight again after the diet is over and fall back into their bad lifestyle habits. Being on one of these fad diets simply makes you obsessed with food, obsessed with weighing yourself and obsessed with a negative image of yourself. If you really want to lose weight for good, you need to accept responsibility for your weight and commit to changing your habits. If instead you allow yourself to blame something or someone for your inability to lose weight, you are most likely to remain in the viscous cycle of the yoyo diet. You need to take personal responsibility. No matter what your external circumstances, if you want to lose weight and keep it off, YOU need to take full responsibility. It’s YOUR body, take control and believe you can do it! The only way to achieve sustainable weight loss is to change the way you think about food, and the whole process of eating and exercise. Change this and you will never need to go on a diet again. Attitude is everything when it comes to weight loss.
Another crucial part of weight loss is confidence. If you’ve lost confidence because you have a negative body image, and feel like you have no control over your weight, you will find it a lot harder to lose and keep off the weight. Also, if your confidence is low, you’ll find it more difficult to stay on a diet because you don’t believe in yourself. This creates a vicious circle: you lack confidence so fail at losing weight – and your failure at losing weights compounds your low self-esteem. To break this circle, to need to create achievable goals and take small, consistent steps. Each step that you successfully take will help to increase your confidence. Confidence leads to motivation, and motivation leads to success!
So, healthy weight loss isn’t about losing as much as you can as quickly as you can, like these fad diets will tell you to do. It’s about changing you attitude to weight loss and changing your lifestyle habits for good. Losing weight this way may take longer than a fad diet but it’s worth waiting for. You will create a more sustainable, healthy lifestyle for yourself and enjoy the confidence that comes with your slimmer figure for much longer – hopefully for good.
TIPS ON LOSING WEIGHT
When it comes to losing weight, I don’t believe in a one-size-fits-all approach. Everyone is unique and it’s a complex process of finding exactly what works for you. The key to sustainable weight loss is to devise an individual plan that is tailored to you – one that fits into your lifestyle, is healthy and includes everything in moderation. Here are some common sense tips on creating new positive habits to help you achieve (and maintain) the weight loss you want!
- Decide on your ultimate goal to work towards.
- Have a positive attitude towards weight loss and have the confidence in yourself that you can do it.
- Agree that no food is banned, everything is allowed in moderation.
- Eat whole, unprocessed foods.
- Get at least 8 hours of sleep a night.
- Drink 2-3 litres of water a day.
- Exercise can be anything from gardening to going to the gym, as long as you enjoy it and it is active.
- As long as you’re expending more energy than you are taking in (food), than you will lose weight.
- Involve your loved ones and get their support.
- Aim for slow and gradual weight loss as it is much more sustainable – slowly changing habits of a lifetime takes time.
So, instead of trying out the newest fad diet, opt to try and change your lifestyle to a healthier and happier one. Make 2015 your year for change, and trust me, your future slimmer, and healthier self will thank you for it!
This article is by Coach Claire Shanahan. Sport and Exercise Scientist, and Strength and Conditioning Coach at ACLAÍ.