There are over 150 diets to choose from. Just step into the Health and Wellness section in Barnes and Nobel, you will be overwhelmed with options. Or, type the word “diet” into the Google search bar, you could be surfing the web for weeks.
Researchers at UCLA found that “People on diets typically lose 5 to 10 percent of their starting weight in the first six months. However, at least one-third to two-thirds of people on diets regain more weight than they lost within four or five years, and the true number may well be significantly higher, they said.”
The truth is: “there is no diet that works for everyone who tries it.”
So what is the answer? How do we figure out what to eat?
1. Eat REAL food- If there is one thing that we can be sure of, the answer to health and weight loss is not in the latest “diet product” or packaged food option. If you want to lose weight, you must feed your body with real foods that come from the earth.
2. Keep a food journal– a food journal is a great short-term tool to asses if how we are eating is working for our bodies. I suggest keeping a food journal for 1-2 weeks whenever you are trying a new way of eating.
- A good food journal will include: Date, time, type of food, amount of food, how you felt after you ate it, how you felt 1 hour later and a summary at the end of each day.
3. Consistency– It takes a few weeks for the body to adjust to changes. Sometimes you may feel worse before you feel better. Give yourself at least 3 weeks to test if your new method is working.
4. Don’t use a scale! – This may sound counter intuitive, however, the scale can really hold you back from reaching your goals. The best way to tell if you are losing weight is by paying attention to how your clothes fit. Since muscle weighs more than fat, the number on the scale might not change.
You know you are eating right for your body if:
- You have adequate energy throughout the day
- You feel satisfied (full) for at least 3 hours after you eat
- Your mood is stable
- You can sleep through the night
- You maintain a comfortable weight (not losing or gaining too much)
One way to speed up the process is to work with a Holistic Nutritionist or a Holistic Health Coach. Making changes can be challenging and frustrating. Working with a practitioner is a good way to:
- learn more accurate nutrition information through surveys and testing
- create a solid “game plan”
- to follow through with the changes you have always wanted to make.
If you live in San Diego and would like to schedule a free 20 minute consultation, you can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org