What You Learned from All Those “Failed” Fad Diets Print
Takeaways From Weight Loss Diets by a Registered Dietitian / Nutritionist Calgary
By Jana Spindler (Online Dietitian / Nutritionist Calgary specializing in weight concerns, emotional eating and disordered eating).
For every diet that you have tried, and failed, and blamed yourself and your lack of will-power, you have also learned something.
You learned the things that DO NOT work for you most definitely.
It is very likely though, that you also learned a few things that really DO work for you.
Don’t get me wrong, “diets” in the form of calorie restricted eating don’t work long term. There has been plenty of research done to prove this, so I won’t go quoting that.
Whether it is keto, intermittent fasting, low-carb, high-protein, Paleo, no sugar, or whatever it was that you tried for the sole purpose of losing weight, it will not become your style of eating if you feel deprived and restricted. And that isn’t for your lack of will-power, that is just how diets are set up.
However, I can promise you, you did not walk away from those diets empty handed.
Diets can act as a way to learn our own personal style of eating. Once we get past that disappointment of “I fell off the wagon again” or “I am just not strong enough to stick with it”, we have a chance to reflect on what we learned about ourselves in the process.
Some things that you may have learned on your weight loss diet:
- Learning your personal preference for meal timing. Are you a 3 meals a day kind of person? How about a 3 meals and 3 snacks kind of person? Or are you like me and its more like 5-6 meals each day ?
- Did they make you focus on your water intake? Was it helpful to carry a water-bottle with you and make sure you stayed hydrated ?
- Did you feel better with a focus on eating more vegetables? Did they find some easy ways to sneak in veggies or make this habit feel easier?
- Do you feel better when you include more fat in your diet? Or protein? Did those foods help you feel more satisfied after a meal?
- Did you learn where your macro-nutrients (carbs, fat, protein) came from?
- Did you realize that you are not someone who can just cut out certain tasty foods? Is there a way to moderate those foods that feed your soul as much as your body?
Am I encouraging you to go try a fad diet now? No.
However, if you are one of the many people who have tried one in the past or are struggling with one now, I challenge you to take a look at what pieces from that diet worked for you and what pieces of that diet really didn’t. You just might get a better idea of your own true food personality and what will work for the long-term.
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