Training and Life: Weight Loss Diets
Do me a favor and close your eyes when I say this. Without forcing anything, let the first thoughts simply pop in your mind. You ready? Okay, here we go: weight loss diets. Now, I don’t know you but I’m going to guess that images of tree bark, twigs, and green liquid came to mind. I’m sure also you might have had a quick bout of depression because we always associate a diet meant to lose weight with misery and suffering.
But it really doesn’t have to be like that. I pride myself on having a solid client retention rate, and nothing drives clients away faster than a diet of grass and dry chicken breast. I actually have to spend time deprogramming some clients because upon signing up, they immediately start depriving themselves of all these goods.
Those who want to lose weight usually fall into one of two camps: they either deprive themselves of everything at once or they follow an extreme diet. These intense meal plans are categorized under “fast weight loss diet” and they all follow the same formula: eat these specific foods, don’t eat these foods and exercise endlessly until you reach the weight you want to. When you have had that success, you’ll also have no immune system and a big pile of messed up hormones to go with it. You’ll also be hungry, really, really hungry.
Doesn’t sound like fun, does it? Here’s the thing: most clients don’t actually eat enough. I know, I know, it sounds shocking but hear me out: a lot of people eat too many bad things and not enough good stuff. I have yet to have a client visit me who eats enough protein. And by protein, I’m not talking about the “bro-science” mentality of 300 grams a protein a day, but rather enough protein to stimulate metabolic processes. Even in 2015, clients don’t eat enough healthy fats. They also get way too much sugar in the diet.
Are you starting to see the problem? Even in these clients cut down on calories, they’re not really fixing anything. In fact, they can cause more problems because now they’re getting even less of the “good stuff.”
But here’s another issue: deprivation isn’t a long term solution. It’s estimated that 95% of people who lose weight end up putting it back on. I hear all the time about success stories that make my clients face’s green with envy. Yes, I know so and so lost 30 pounds during some miracle cure they found on the internet. Guess what though? Check up on in them in 6 months, then a year, and then two years. How do they look? How is their ability to function?
Weight loss diets don’t have to revolve around pain and suffering. They also should be something that you can do five years from now. Want to know if you’re following a successful weight loss plan? Here’s a simple checklist to know you’re doing things right:
- The scale is moving (slowly) in the direction you want it to
- You enjoy and look forward to your meals
- You feel strong
- You can train with intensity
- You’re a pleasant person to be around, with few and infrequent mood swings
If you’re doing that consistently, you’ve found the best weight loss diet out there.