I was in the dentist office the other day and overheard a couple ladies chit chatting about a local sweet shop we have here in town. They went on about the deliciousness of the treats and even offered to go get the other one of the cookies they were hyping up, but then at the end of the conversation she says “Oh wait, are you still trying to do keto?” The other responds, “Yeah, I’m going to get back on it this week hopefully, but I’ve got a company dinner tonight that is just so good I can’t pass up.” As the other responds, “Yeah, I’m going to get back on keto next week too.”
While I was sitting there getting my root canal drilled into I couldn’t help but be a little confused. I could tell they were both very mind strong about following the keto diet, but it probably wasn’t the weight loss approach that was optimal for either of them. I noticed they felt as if they failed every time they ate something that wasn’t keto (aka carbs). Once they had any carbs they would fall off the wagon for a few day or so. It’d turn into the excuse of that dinner they need to attend, they’re just so busy when they get home with the kids, there wasn’t anything on the menu at the restaurant that fit their diet, etc.
For some reason there always seems to be a newer, better, faster approach to weight loss. Right now the craze seems to be Keto. Before that it was Paleo, Weight Watchers, Atkins, etc. I don’t have any problems with these diets, they have worked for many people in the past, but I do think there is a problem with EVERYONE trying to follow them before asking themselves a series of questions.
Lets get into it..
- Do you enjoy eating this way?
If you don’t enjoy following a particular diet for weight loss, do you expect your going to be able to stick to it over the long run? This is something that needs to be STRONGLY considered before starting any sort of diet plan. I’ve watched people time and time again lose a bunch of weight from a very restrictive eating protocols. Once the weight loss goal has been reached, they are so sick of eating what they feel they “have to” and put the majority of the weight back on within months from going back to old habits.
2. Are you sacrificing meals with family, friends, and/or coworkers regularly?
On any serious weight loss plan there will be some sacrifice. Let’s face it, the reason we get to a place where we need to lose weight is because we weren’t sacrificing enough in the first place. But, if you can’t ever go out for a meal or enjoy a family get together because it doesn’t ever fit your diet, I can almost personally guarantee it’s going to lead to problems. Your diet should have some flexibility to where you can stay on track while enjoying outings that involve food every now and again.
3. How often are you having to “start over” because of falling off the wagon?
Most of us have all done it.. On Friday night we mess up our diet, which leads to the excuse of Saturday, and then Sunday too. In our minds we have this weird thing that automatically says, “Well I messed up today, might as well just wait until Monday to get started eating good again” and before we know it the whole weekend is blown and we’re up 5 lbs. I’m not trying to say we should never mess up our nutrition. It’s bound to happen at some point, but the important thing is to get right back on track the following day. If the foods you are eating in your diet plan aren’t what you enjoy, chances are you will take those weekend breaks every time your mind tells you you’ve had a little mess up.
We all have different bodies, taste buds, goals, values, etc. That’s why we shouldn’t all jump on board to a single dieting approach just because it worked for somebody else. I urge you to strongly consider these questions before starting any diet. If it’s not a plan you feel you can stick to, find a different plan!
If weight loss is something you are actually serious about, take the time to learn the principles as to what drives fat loss in the first place. I can promise you it’s not low carb, low fat, or high protein, it comes down to calories in vs calories out. That’s the one key factor that every one of these dieting protocols has in common. If Keto, Paleo, Weight Watchers, Atkins, or any other plan out there help you adhere to that one rule, you will have success. So long as you can stick to it.
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