So the first, call it, “what not to do” is turning nutrition into religion. In other words, don’t become baptized by your diet plan. There are many ways a person can go about dropping pounds, as the studies have shown. So to become vehemently defensive over, even pious of, any one way of getting food in your mouth, is only going to make for a harder time later on, not to mention all the quarreling that is destined to occur. Like, one time, somebody wrote on my page that anyone who eats animal meat will not only get cancer, but also deserves it. Between you and me, I thought that was a bit much.
Note: Knowing people who are authentically religious over what they eat (Som is Hindu, Aleks Jewish), they tend to be non-dogmatic (read: not annoying) about how they feed themselves, esp. when compared those who are essentially televangelists for something like IIFYM, or The Paleo Diet. I just find it interesting, is all.
Fundamentally, we all face the same problem when it comes to losing weight: Dieting is hard. But look, does it have to be so hard? The answer is no. Dieting doesn’t have to be so hard. Because there are ways to make losing weight–I don’t want to say easy. I don’t think losing weight is ever going to be easy. But there are pitfalls we can avoid, snares we can stop stepping our foot into, so long as we are on the lookout, and know where the enemy is hiding.
Example: Calories are all that matter. Another example: Calories are nothing, it’s all about what you eat. There is truth in both of these, but either one by itself is in error. Of course, calories count. But you’d be a fool to think if what you ate didn’t also matter. If anything, one enforces the other. Higher quality food choices—eating foods that are close to nature, and colorful–makes managing your calories easier, if not automatic. Here’s the need to know: When it comes to eating, everything is important and connected, and everything matters. There’s your diet plan.
Another thing is working out. Exercise is an appetite suppressant. And while you should never workout in order to pass Go and buy 100 extra calories, or worse—attempt to compensate for an otherwise hilariously, unhealthy diet–you should not rely on doing only one or the other, either. Exercise boosts endorphins and confidence. This feeds into dieting adherence absolutely. So, start by walking a little more, and lifting weight every now and then.
Another thing I should like to mention is social setting. Oh boy, where do we start with this one? Part of me wants to tell you it’s simply time to get a whole new group of friends, to drop all those unhelpful little shitlords who are so bent on sabotaging everything you do. But at the same time, we can’t put what is ultimately our responsibility over onto somebody else. So you can keep the shitlords, if you want. But maybe search around for a group of people who are like-minded, and maybe think of spending a little more time around them.
I have a group on Facebook.
What else? Oh, it’s the simple things, really. Like not loading too much cream or sugar into your coffee, or letting yourself get dehydrated. Taking the stairs instead of the elevator, parking farther away, and doing your push-ups. Walking the dog. Wearing your seatbelt. Flossing.
PS – You might also enjoy my 101 Free Kettlebell Workouts, because paragraph six, sentence two.
As always, any diet *can* work.
So don’t succumb to dogma.
Yes, calorie count.
But so does the quality of what you eat.
Eat veggies first and often.
Add protein to every meal.
Walk a lot.