The diet industry spends over 42 billion dollars a year convincing us that they hold the golden ticket to weight loss freedom. If we follow their rules, plans, regimens, and buy their products then, in no time, we will drop the pounds and look and feel the way we always hoped.
Everybody, including me, at some point falls into the diet trap. How could you not? That is what we are taught to believe about how to lose weight and be healthy. When we think about getting healthy, we immediately turn to the latest diet craze. How are you supposed to tell which diet is going to work?
I’m here to tell you that crash diets don’t work for healthy and sustainable weight loss. Repeat after me, “Diets don’t work!” I spent years trying many different diets and everytime thinking “OK. This is it.” or “This going to be the diet that finally works.” Each time, I was left feeling the four “D’s” of dieting. I was dissappointed, discouraged, desperate, and depressed because, once again, I failed.
Ironically enough, when I finally accepted the fact that diets don’t work was when my weight loss began. I realized that instead of relying on a fad diet to control my health, I needed to take control myself. I had to take responsibility for my own eating and internalize my motivation to succeed. I needed to create a healthy lifestyle that could fit in with having a family and a very busy life as a working mom. I quickly learned that if I educated myself on food (counting calories, nutrition, and portion control) and started making healthier choices, my weight loss would begin naturally. I learned to incorporate these changes into my life seamlessly, with minimal interruption. This was necessary because, with two little kids, I don’t have the time or patience with anymore interruptions.
Many people ask me, “Tammy, how did you do it?” or “Are you following a strict diet?” or “What diet are you using?” They are shocked when I say that I’m not following any diet, I’m just making healthier choices. It doesn’t surprise me to see their shocked expressions. They’ve got to be asking themselves “How can anyone lose over 30 pounds without following a strict regimen from the latest fad diet?” Well I did, and so can you!
I will be talking more about the road blocks fad diets create when people, specifically moms, are trying to move forward with health and weight loss. In a future series, I will be focusing on the numerous reasons diets fail moms.