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A Diet is Meant to Fail

A Diet is Meant To Fail

Yup, you heard me right, a diet is meant to fail. Now coming from someone who specialises in weight loss, this might sound strange.

But today, I truly believe in this 100%.

Growing up, I always had a sweet tooth. You might remember me sharing a memory of me, being a small kid with my red school back on my back, walking into the sweet shop next door, to buy 1 sweet with my pocket money.

How one develops a sweet tooth, as opposed to prefering savoury stuff, I don’t know (yet), and not sure I will ever know.

However, I’ve never been slim, or “light” (if you follow the scales).

I remember my mum buying two diet books. One was a French diet by Montignac, and then another one, which I think was the South Beach Diet, or something very similar to it.

But I never remember us fully following any of them, for more than a few days, or a week.

Then, a few months before my wedding, I went to Weight Watchers. Weight Watchers at the time, didn’t have all their crap ready made foods full of chemicals (a post for another day), and we had to have a varied diet, consisting of all the food groups.

It worked! I lost a stone in 4 months! However, it only worked for as long as I had time to cook all my meals from scratch, and never ate out. The weeks I wasn’t following the plan 100%, I didn’t lose, or even put on weight.

Since then, I tried lots of different diets. Separating protein from carbs, not having carbs after 6pm, going low fat, cutting out the carbs, diet shakes, and then a few named diets, worked with a dietician, worked with a few PTs, too many to remember.

None of them I managed to sustain for more than a few weeks, or if I was lucky, a couple of months.
And as such, never got the results I wanted to get in the first place.
I always lost weight, when I was never going out, and ate home cooked food only.

Today, I know that there were a few reasons for that:
1. All I was looking at was the number on the scales (a post for another day).

2. Those diets weren’t sustainable for the long term, they were massively restrictive and complicated

3. Those diets didn’t fit into my lifestyle

4. I thought I only had to follow them for a few weeks/months, get the results, and then go back to my normal eating habits

I never really realised that a diet was a way of eating that you can sustain for the long term. That you have to be flexible.

And that over time, when my lifestyle changes for various reasons, I have to adapt my diet and habits, and make them work for my new lifestyle.

And more importantly, that I am in control of what I do. And not, the diet.


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Late last summer I got back from a holiday desperately unhappy about the weight I had "somehow" managed to reach. I took a few basic steps to endeavour to try lose weight and after around 6 months I had lost around a stone and a half and I felt slightly better but realised much more

February 12, 2016


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