There’s more than one way to get there.
Every “diet plan” out there will try to trick you into thinking that’s not true. Their way is the ONLY way.
But I assure you there most certainly are multiple ways to get where you need to be.
And if you don’t believe me, get into a car with me sometime. It may take us an extra 1/2 day+ to get to the destination, but we’ll make it.
When I lost all of my weight and/or people would find out I’m a Dietitian, I would commonly get asked to “design a diet plan” for them.
Friends, strangers, family… I don’t know if they were trying to test my abilities. Or maybe they were just trying to be nice and flatter me. Or maybe it was joke that I missed the punchline to. Me? An EXPERT?! Umm…
Whatever the reason, it always sent a shiver up my spine. I’d laugh it off. “Eat less, move more!” I’d say. And we’d laugh.
I took it all very personally and felt like I wasn’t being honest if I didn’t tell them the only way they’ll ever lose the weight and keep it off is with rigidity, starvation, and excessive cardio. (What- that doesn’t sound like fun to you?!) I felt like balance and moderation were out of the picture if someone really wanted to be successful. At least anyone with the same metabolism as mine.
One of the best reasons I have for not telling you how to eat is because I don’t have the answer. The more I studied metabolisms, the more upset I became learning that everyone is different. And everyone can and should eat a little different because of they way their body is affected. So annoying, right? SO.ANNOYING.
But it’s true. Think of it as trying on a pair of shoes. Do you walk in, tell someone to give you a pair, and just try to make them work even if they’re the wrong size or you hate the color? NO. You test it out and if it doesn’t work, you try a new pair. You move on.
The best step you can take is to look at it totally objectively. Remove the emotions, the labels, and all the other noise that the outside world is saying about your plate. If you eat a box of cookies, how do YOU feel? If you choose a salad instead of fries, what does your energy level look like the rest of the day? If you have toast instead of eggs for breakfast are you hungry an hour later?
Put away the damn containers. Get rid of the scales. Stop drinking all of your meals. Grab a pen and paper, and just start to take notes. Pay attention to how you really feel before, during, and after you eat. Look for patterns. Make adjustments. And keep going. Eventually it’ll be mindless because feeling your best is all the motivation you need to stick to a piece of cake instead of 1/3 of the cake. The best part? No one will EVER take your cake away on your own “plan.”