As I was researching for my next blog post I came across a list of foods that you should not eat when trying to lose weight. I immediately skipped over it because I do not think list like that are very realistic in the long-term. When I give diet or weight loss advice I do not tell people not to eat cake. I do not tell people not to eat cake or sweets because everyone is different and everyBODY will lose weight differently. It is so important that you find a WOE (way of eating) that is the best for YOU. In order to be successful with any weight loss journey you need to find a WOE that you can stick with for the long term, forever actually. If you decide that you want to do a lower carb diet, embark on that journey with the knowledge in your mind that this is a lifestyle change, not a quick fix. You will probably need to eat mostly lower carb FOREVER in order to maintain the losses you have achieved. This is definitely something to think about before beginning your lifestyle change. For any diet it is important to tailor it to your needs. I would not suggest being too restrictive on any diet because it will be harder to stick to. However, you should still be honest with yourself. I’m sure that most people know that a diet filled with McDonald’s French fries and jelly beans even in moderation would not be all that successful for weight loss.
See this is also about will power and how much you really want to reach your goals and live a healthy life. Do not set yourself up for failure by telling yourself what you will never be able to eat or thinking about all the yummy foods you are missing out on. Instead tell yourself that you can have that food item that you crave however maybe it will be a sugar-free or lower calorie version of that food. When most people think of low carb diets they do not naturally think of sweets however there are a whole host of desserts that you can make on a low carb WOE. Check out Linda Sue’s Low Carb for the best low carb desserts ever! I have also found many yummy low carb and low-calorie recipes on Pinterest. My point is that deciding to lose weight has to be a lifestyle change or it will not stick. You are setting yourself up for failure if you spend time bemoaning the foods you will never have again or worrying about the foods you cannot have right in the beginning. Instead spend time focusing on the positive changes you are making in your life. Also spend time exploring healthier versions of all the “bad” foods you crave. You can succeed at weight loss with a positive attitude and a lot of effort. No one wants to be on a “diet” forever. Part of beginning a weight loss journey is learning how to have some things in moderation….eventually. Be kind to yourself and know that sometimes you will over indulge. At the same time be dedicated to changing certain aspects about your relationship with food. I always say that people who are overweight, obese or morbidly obese did not get that way because they have a healthy relationship with food (unless there is an underlying medical issue). I speak from my own experience of living most of my life morbidly obese. Self reflection and an honest look at your behavior when it comes to food should be the very first step of any weight loss journey.