It might be hard to find someone you know that as never been on a diet. Keto, Whole 30, Paleo, Atkins, etc., just to name a few. There's a lot of options out there and quite frankly it might seem like there's a new fad diet every week that will solve your problems. But be careful because the next week that same diet will ruin your liver. No wonder people flip flop back and forth and literally get no where with weight loss.
The main problem with diets is there is a start and end. And the fact that there is an elimination of certain foods. But at the end of the diet, what happens? You gain it all back by overdoing it and eating all those foods you eliminated. Don't get me wrong, it's okay to diet. It's okay to want to lose weight. Just find something that works for you longterm.
To keep it simple, anything that creates a calorie deficit will equate to weight loss. If you're not losing weight, you're not in a deficit. We can’t gain fat in an energy deficit, because that would defy the laws of physics.
The problem with diets is that people will lose weight, but not maintain it. Many people diet, then regain 2 times the amount lost, then diet again and regain etc. A vicious cycle.
Also note, athletes who need to diet to make a weight class end up gaining more than athletes with no weight qualifications. This can affect the rest of your life.
The best diet out there means nothing if you can't sustain it. Some people love a low carbohydrate, ketogenic approach and feel it’s sustainable for them, but that doesn’t make it the answer for everyone and vice versa.
My goal here isn't to make you angry or more frustrated. Weight loss can be that way. My goal is to make it clear that the best diet for you is one that you can stick to forever. And that takes time to figure out.
It takes time to feel out what foods your body reacts wells to. What foods make you feel bloated or upset. You can be at a calorie deficit by eating candy all day, but feel like poop. Doesn't mean you have to completely cut out candy, but moderate. You'll hit the point of being tired of feeling like poop and swap out some of that candy for some complex carbs, healthy fats and protein. Your body will thank you for it.
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