One of the main reasons I feel so many people trying to lose weight fail is due to the fact that we continue to push all of these crazy fad diets. If you’re interested in and constantly learning about health, nutrition, and fitness, dieting, and weight loss can seem “like a no-brainer.” Yet, for many people who aren’t part of the industry, weight loss can be extremely difficult and frustrating. Why are we overcomplicating weight loss with ridiculous diets that are impossible to maintain? Here’s what you need to know and hopefully it will help you reach your weight loss goal without wanting to jump the next person you see walking down the street with a donut.
Stop Following Ridiculous Diets
the family on a hot summer’s night. Why make yourself suffer?eto Diet, no Atkins Diet, no Mediterranean Diet… enough! Listen, there is no one diet out there that works for everyone. Most are gimmicky and want you to remove an entire macronutrient from your diet – that’s stupid! If I told you to stop eating ice cream or donuts, or heck… ALL CARBS, could you do that for the rest of your life? No! And you shouldn’t need to! Most of these fad diets today are not lifestyle diets. Meaning, you’ll find it hard to maintain such a restrictive diet long-term. Why wouldn’t you want to follow a “diet” that you can maintain and that doesn’t cause you to have crazy cravings and that force you to give up the food you enjoy eating? These ridiculous diets are zapping the fun out of life. It’s nice to have some pizza every now and again. It’s fun to go get ice cream with
the family on a hot summer’s night. Why make yourself suffer?
Then you’ll have these diet zealots you’ll run into who are bragging about how they
stopped eating carbs as part of their new diet. Like it’s some sort of badge of honor to be proclaiming such. Good for you! *Slow golf clap* But no one else cares. And in three months they’ll probably have gained all of their weight back, and then some, because the diet wasn’t sustainable and their cravings got the best of them and they went off the deep end.
Following ridiculous diets will only cause you frustration in the end. You’ll either end up having a negative relationship with food or you’ll give up because eliminating the food you enjoy is too difficult. I want to help you sidestep these pitfalls.
Take a Look at Your Nutrition
Have you ever considered tracking your nutrition? I like to have people start here
because what many of them come to realize is that they are consuming WAY too many calories. In fact, WAY MORE than they ever imagined they were. Why is that? It’s simple. Most people aren’t measuring out their food and portions correctly. The dressing and condiments we put on food can add hundreds of calories that you weren’t expecting. Continually sticking your hand in that bag of snacks without knowing exactly how much you’ve consumed can easily have you seeing an added 1,000 calories when you’re all said and done. We are overcomplicating weight loss because people don’t want to take a deep dive into their nutritional habits. They think detox diets, juice cleanses, and all those other ridiculous diets are a quick fix. They aren’t.
Let’s circle back to the ridiculous diets I just mentioned. Will they work? Sure, some will but it’s on a very person by person basis. Are they the end all be all fix? Absolutely not – not even close! Once you lose the weight from one of those ridiculous diets, you’re going to gain it all back in a matter of a couple of days. Why? Because your nutrition hasn’t actually changed. You haven’t changed your lifestyle and eating habits. You just tossed in something to pull the water and junk from your system to artificially change your weight in the short-term.
So, where do you start? Start by using something like my MyFitnessPal to track your meals for a week. Look at each day and see where your calories and macros fell. Are you consuming more calories than your maintenance? That’s a tell-tale reason why you’re not losing weight. And, I’m willing to bet when you look at your caloric intake for the day, you’re going to be surprised at how many calories you really consume when tracking everything. It sounds so simple but every little thing you consume adds up. You may not think it’s a big deal until you realize how many things you pick at during the day or how many liquid calories you’re taking in on a daily basis without giving it much thought.
It’s a Numbers Game: Stop Overcomplicating Weight Loss
Assuming you’re using MyFitnessPal, let’s say they calculate your maintenance calories at 2,000 per day. If you consume more than 2,000 per day, you’re going to gain weight.
If you consume exactly 2,000 per day, you’re going to remain the same weight. If you consume less than 2,000 per day, you should lose weight. It’s a numbers game. Figure out where you’re going wrong with your diet by identifying the foods on MyFitnessPal that are high in calories. Here’s something to think about. Unhealthy foods tend to not only be higher in calories, but higher in unnecessary fats, sugars, and carbohydrates. It should go without saying but you want to consume healthy food options that are clean and as natural as possible. What you’ll also find is that when you consume healthy food options, you’re able to eat MORE food as compared to less of the unhealthy options and still hit the same number of calories. Who wouldn’t love the ability to eat MORE without gaining weight?
Vegetables tend to be very low in calories while providing an amazing source of micronutrients. Look for lean protein sources such as chicken breast and fish. But don’t feel like your entire diet needs to be just those types of things. I want you to enjoy the food you eat and if you want a donut, eat it. However, I want you to be mindful and log that donut into your daily calories. Everything you put in your mouth will be accounted for. You can enjoy your cheat meals as well but don’t make them a habit. Enjoy what many consider “off-limit” foods once a week to subside your cravings and then go back to eating a healthy diet.
Keep these easy to follow techniques in mind and you can be on your way to the weight loss goal you’ve been working so hard to achieve. Oh, and in case I didn’t make it clear, stop overcomplicating your weight loss with ridiculous diets. If they worked, don’t you think everyone would look healthy and we wouldn’t have the obesity epidemic we do today? Stay strong and implement what you read in this article and you’ll be on your way to a healthier you!
Matt Weik, owner of Weik Fitness, LLC, is a well-respected fitness expert/author with a global following. His work has been featured in nearly 100 fitness magazines, 5,000+ websites, as well as having published numerous books and audiobooks. Matt is a certified strength and conditioning specialist, personal trainer, and sports nutritionist. You can contact Matt via www.weikfitness.com or on social media @weikfitness.