By CJ

We’ve all been the person who says, “I need to lose some weight,” and one of our friends says, “Try the _____ diet! It worked so well for me.”

Cool! It worked well for you and your body type, so it MUST work well for me and my body type, blood type, age, height, genetic makeup, etc.

WRONG.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen people go on and off diets in hopes of losing weight. And the weight loss is always for something superficial.

“I have a cruise in 2 months. I want to drop 20 pounds.” “My daughter is getting married in 6 months, I need to lose weight.”

These are all the WRONG reasons to lose weight.

My own friends have said, “I’m trying the Keto diet, the 5:2 diet (Adam Alexander), I’m going paleo, blah blah blah.

Here’s the deal. Any nutritionist, personal trainer, or anyone who has lost a lot of weight and KEPT it off, will tell you, it’s a lifestyle change.

You can’t just adjust your diet slightly and expect to drop 20 pounds over night.

Take me for example. My weight fluctuates between 185-195 about every 6 months to a year. Why? Because my eating habits suck and I’m consistent with my workouts for about 3 months then I fall off the wagon.

Weight loss and body transformations take consistency, determination, and lots of hard work.

The saying, “Your body is a temple” is by far the best analogy I’ve heard because the most beautiful temples took years to construct, the same with the best physiques.

The more fad diets you try, the more likely you are to never actually lose the weight you so desperately want to lose. If you’re wanting to actually make a change in your appearance or health, you have to commit 100%, which means in every aspect.

Instead of a “diet” where you cut carbs, try swapping white breads and bleached flours for whole-wheat and complex carbohydrates. If you’re usually snacking on sweets before bed time, try changing out ice cream for a bowl of freshly cut fruit with a slight bit of whipped cream on top.

It’s easier said than done. Trust me. I’ve been in the weight loss slump for almost 3 years now because my body is changing as I get older.

I’ve found some success this year, by losing 15 pounds in about 4 months and I’ve kept it all off. It can be done. Remember, bad habits can’t be fixed in a day. I know this all too well.

My goal is and has always been to feel my absolute best and so far I’m achieving that. We all have bad days, we all cheat on our diets here and there, but it’s how you come back from that truly makes the difference.

 

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