Happy Wednesday! We are just 11 days into the new year and my gym has been PACKED lately. My go-to walking path is seeing a lot more action too. I love that so many people are trying to get healthy!
But, losing weight isn’t about what you do it’s about what you eat. A wise man once told me there are 5 Steps to Weight Loss:
But this isn’t about me it’s about diets, let’s discuss…
I can honestly say Diets Work.
For a week.
Maybe two weeks if you have killer willpower. I have zero willpower. I actually was born without the “willpower gland” so every time I try a diet with prescribed food or extreme restrictions I fail.
But, some people are awesome at doing crazy shit like drinking nothing but cayenne pepper lemonade for a week or swearing off ice cream forever or something equally as crazy and masochistic.
And then there’s people in the middle who can read some suggestions from a healthy diet plan and incorporate it into their lives. For those people, I present to you U.S News and World Ranking’s Review of the Best Diets
The #1 choice was the DASH diet – this program was actually put together to help people with high blood pressure. It’s a pretty solid plan that suggests “clean” foods, lower salt and sugar intake. First step is to determine your calorie needs. I love that these are realistic calorie numbers with 1,600 being the lowest for older, less active adults. Thank you.
You can click here for a pdf on the DASH diet with tons of information.
2. The TLC Diet is next on the list and it’s very similar to the Dash diet, so just go with #1, right? Low fat, healthy carbs, don’t eat 62 Snickers a day, you get it.
3 was a three way tie. The Mayo Clinic Diet, Mediterranean Diet and Weight Watchers – all of which are very different options!
I’ve done Weight Watchers multiple times, but every time drop out because the points counting just seems tedious and more work than just counting calories. Plus, I feel like when I first tried WW in college it was a game to see what you could eat for the least points <- this is when I started drinking diet soda and chewing a ton of gum and eating super processed foods with added fiber. It didn’t work for me, but I know it’s amazing for a lot of other people.
Weight Watchers info – Every food get a point value. You eat a certain amount a day and listen to Jennifer Hudson on Pandora. Then, you look like her.
#6 is the Volumetrics diet. I always say I’m a volume eater, so this is basically what I do very very unofficially. Example: Salad served in an industrial size mixing bowl.
Ultimately I think the diet that works best is the one that you can realistically do long term. It’s cliché, but we really are all different. I love eating salads for lunch every single day – other peeps may hate that. I also have a very bad night time snacking habit, when others can close the kitchen and 7pm and not bat an eye.
When I talk to my clients about their eating habits I first try to figure out if there is an obvious detrimental habit and work on that first.
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Then, we work on that for a few weeks before moving on to another improvement. This process takes longer than a quick fix, but it’s realistic and you don’t necessarily have to alter (or hate) your life to get results!
Bonus: I just got an unexpected diet tip from reruns of Keeping Up With The Kardashians…
“Spend more time in the bedroom then the kitchen.”
Too bad it looks like Ben already has his hands full…
Question: Have you done one of these diets? Did it work?
Got any healthy diet tips to share with the class?