Don’t Diet

We’ve all dieted before. We’ve all woken up one day and realized that there’s a little bit more around the middle than we would like. Every year, like clockwork, searches for “lose weight” peak right around New Year’s:

Google Trends for “lose weight”

The natural next step is to do a little bit of research and try out a diet we find online. A decade ago, we had the Atkins diet and the South Beach diet. There are modern incarnations too. Paleo. Keto. Intermittent Fasting.

And if you’re like most, you try a diet and you crash and burn. You might stay faithful for a few days, even a few weeks, but sooner or later, you wake up next to an empty pizza box you swear you’ve never seen before.

Why do you fail? It’s because these diets are too rigid. Do eat this, don’t eat that, eat this but only in certain quantities, eat that but only before 6pm. You want results and you want them fast, so no matter how tough the diet, you commit to it.

Follow the imperfect plan you can rather than the perfect plan you can’t.

If you had a gun to your head, you could follow your perfect diet, but you don’t and shouldn’t feel like you do. Let fitness improve your life, not consume it.

So what should I do?

Start small. Just get started.

  1. Don’t drink calories. Drinking calories is the most efficient way to get fat. Great if you’re starving and only have 30 seconds, bad if you’re trying to lose weight. Calorie-free doesn’t mean flavor-free: Crystal Light and diet sodas are good ways of handling your cravings for sweet or fizzy drinks.
  2. Drink two glasses of water before every meal. There’s a delay between eating and feeling full from eating, which makes it easy to overeat. Drinking a little bit of water before each meal will help curb your appetite.

Try these two simple rules and let me know how it goes.

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