If you have ever wondered why diet’s don’t work, you are not alone.
If there is someone who has tried every diet out there, its me.
Fasting, low-carb, juicing, and so on.
I’ve tried them all!
And guess what?
They all work!
Unfortunately, all of these things are a TEMPORARY fix.
What makes them temporary?
Is it that they are not healthy?….Not exactly.
So what is it then?
Well it’s simple, none of these things you do when you go on a “diet” are habits of yours.
If you eat healthy and eat less for 2 weeks, of course you’re going to lose weight.
It’s not rocket science.
Calories in vs. Calories out is worth its weight in gold.
There is a reason why going on a diet fails 95 % of the time though.
Just the concept of it sounds like its a temporary thing.
The word going is not equivalent to staying.
Why don’t people instead of going on a diet, just make a permanent change?
No eating plan that is not a HABIT will stick.
Yeah sure, you’ll lose weight at the beginning, but then gain it all back.
How Do You Make Weight-Loss Permanent
The first mistake I made was trying to change all of my eating habits at once.
I wanted to stop eating fast food, give up sweets, and not eat after 5 p.m.
Also, I wanted water to be my only choice of drink, eat no carbs after lunch, and add vegetables to all my meals.
Do you see how much change that is at all once?
Could I have done that for a week or two maybe without giving up?
I mean, I did do it over and over again.
I was tired of going back and forth though.
I was always either slim or in need of going on a diet.
Until one day I thought good about it and asked myself:
“What if I make some of the things that I do when I go on a diet, a permanent thing that I do everyday?“
I figured that this way, whenever I did need to diet and lose a few pounds, it wouldn’t be so hard because I would only have to do a few things different.
Little habits create big results in the long run.
So I decided to change one new habit at a time, but here’s the most interesting part…
I did not change anything else, just one thing at a time!
For the first 30 days, I decided that water would be my ONLY drink of choice.
That meant no sodas, alcohol, protein shakes, nothing.
While drinking water, I still allowed myself to eat whenever or whatever I wanted.
This sacrifice of drinking only water felt ,minimal since nothing else in my life changed.
What’s also interesting is that after 30 days, I ONLY wanted water.
Having a sip of coke or juice was so overly sweet that I literally felt like spitting it out.
Am I exaggerating?….. NO.
The next 30 days, I went on and decided that I would have no sweets.
I was still allowed junk food, pizza, and eating as much or whenever I wanted.
Again, it wasn’t hard at all.
At the end of 60 days, I was only drinking water and not eating any sweets.
Do you think that just by making those small changes, I began to see results?
You bet I did!
This really got me fired up because I had finally discovered the secret to change.
I had heard of this technique over and over before, but never tried it.
By actually doing it, I proved to myself that it does in fact work.
Changing just one thing at a time is the best way to go.
You get permanent results and you never go back to your old ways because you have now created new health habits that are wired in your brain.
Where Do You Start?
Decide that you’re going to change just ONE thing in your fitness lifestyle.
Start with something small preferably.
Beginning with only drinking water for the first 30 days like I did is a great choice.
Here are a few of the other habits that I continued adding every 30 days:
- No food after 6 p.m.
- No carbs after lunch time
- Walking one hour
- Performing 30 minutes of strength training
Every diet in the world works, but it is not permanent.
There is no reason for you to go and spend a ton of money of some diet program if it will not give you permanent results.
Change one fitness habit every 30 days and you’ll see how much better and permanent the results will be.
When you go on one of those crash diets, you feel terrible and moody.
Worse of all, it eventually leaves you in the same place you started.
Why not change the normal and healthy way?