Diet Vs. Sustainable Weight Loss
Are you one of the millions of people around the world trying to shed a few pounds right this very minute? If you said yes, ask yourself this question.
Is what I’m doing right now to lose weight sustainable? Is this way I am eating something I could do for the rest of my life?
If you answered honestly and your answer was No, then you are on a diet. If your honest answer was yes, then chances are you are achieving sustainable weight loss.
Diets are usually on the extreme side and allow people to see quick results (e.g. drink these 4 shakes per day and eat only one meal of chicken and salad. Take these drops a couple times per day and eat 900 calories) I’m not saying diets are bad, in fact I think diets can be a great way to get a quick jump start and motivate a person while build self-confidence in their ability to lose weight. I don’t agree with the extreme diets given in my examples above, but there are some decent diets out there to give you a little boost. However, after your initial 2-3 weeks you better have a plan to transition to a sustainable weight loss plan.
Sustainable weight loss is achieved when you are eating normal, whole, nutrient dense foods and enough calories that you are not feeling hungry all of the time, and then creating a calorie deficit through exercise and physical activity. As a rule of thumb my transformation clients are typically eating approximately 1,250 calories per day for women and 2,000 calories per day for men. We also average 1.5% body weight loss per week all while eating protein, carbs, and fat.
So trade in all of those diets you have been trying and give Sustainable Weight Loss a try. I promise you will lose more weight in the long run and be a lot less frustrated.