I’m about to share with you the absolute BEST diet you could ever go on.
Before I tell you though, let’s discuss your previous experiences with dieting (yuck, a word I try to keep out of my vocabulary).
When was the last time you walked into a bookstore? Did you by any chance ever find yourself in the health and diet section? If you did, how quickly did you become overwhelmed with the following terms: Paleo, Keto, Military, Atkins, Alkaline, Intermittent Fasting, Whole 30, Carb Cycling, Carnivore, Vegetarian, Vegan, and Mediterranean? The number of diet books out there are innumerable and chances are, you have tried more than a few of them.
Picture this scenario: you’re at the gym and your friend Karen who has always been in good shape comes up to you all excited and full of energy to tell you about this new diet she started. You get home and research the diet and decide after reading one article/ description about it that you’re ready to try it. I mean, you don’t need to know anything else because Karen recommends it so it must be good, right? You run to the grocery store and spend double the time as usual because it’s a new diet and you have to buy new things. You find yourself having to read the nutrition labels on all items, trying to find almond flour, quinoa, chia seeds, almond milk, flax seeds, pumpkin seeds, and spaghetti squash. Two hours later you have spent over $100 on two small bags of groceries. Ouch. “Well,” you tell yourself, “I already bought the groceries and Karen’s doing it so I have to do it now.” You get home exhausted from being at the grocery for so long but you excitedly begin to make your new dinner. Uh oh. You completely forgot that unlike Karen, you have children that will hardly even eat green beans and chicken tenders. There’s no way they are going to eat salmon, quinoa, and asparagus. Great! One dinner has now turned into two separate preps.
How long do you think the above diet will last for that parent? A few days? Weeks? A month? More than likely not very long.
Here is the reason the Health and Diet section of the bookstore doesn’t only have one book: There are thousands of paths to health and fitness. There are. I have been where the person in that scenario is. I have tried numerous diets in the past. Only one thing actually worked: a diet that was practical for me, my family, and my lifestyle. Nearly any diet can work. Most trainers are anti-fad diets but honestly, they became fad diets for a reason. They worked for not just a few but many people. But for a diet to work, you have to stick to it. We can assume that the person in the scenario would not have a very high success rate with that diet. Here are the reasons why:
So what is the best diet ever then?
The best diet ever is the diet that you are going to stick with not just for a few weeks or months but for the rest of your life.
Here are my guidelines:
Making a life change instead of going on a diet can and should be viewed as a learning experience. You’re going to make mistakes. You are still going to have nights when you eat way too much pizza and drink too much bourbon. Or is that just me? The point is that it’s okay. It’s okay. If you have dedicated yourself to a life change and not a diet, then you know you are going to get back at it the very next day. You haven’t screwed anything up because well, you’re still alive. We are all in this together, learning, finding healthier recipes for ourselves and our families, doing the best we can and creating the best lives we can.
You could start with a fad diet and then move into a healthy life change. However, if fad diets haven’t worked for you in the past then I encourage you to make a healthy life change. It’s more than worth it.
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