It must be the beginning of the new year because diet plans like Whole 30 and 21-Day Fix, Shakeology, Herbalife and umpteen different cleanses and detoxes are flooding social media. Your own friends and families may be hounding you to buy direct from them thanks to the wonderful world of multi-level marketing—if you haven’t watched John Oliver’s fantastic takedown on MLM, catch it HERE).
Do any of these products and plans work for weight loss?
Let’s review how a generally healthy adult accomplishes the much sought-after feat of losing excess weight: Consuming less energy than burned.
If you embark on a plan preaching pseudoscience and forbidding foods that are perfectly healthful for 90-something percent of us—foods like wheat, whole grains and beans, for example—restricted choice will lead to you eat less, and, you’re likely to lose weight.
If you embark on a “detox” where you consume 500 calories per day and burn 2,000 calories a day, you are on your way to weight loss.
If you embark on a super low carb, high fat diet plan—if you can adhere to it—you’re likely to lose weight.
But remember this: If it takes a drastic measure to lose pounds, it will take a drastic measure to keep those pounds off.
These measures are less a shortcut and more of a U-turn: Weight lost using trendy, drastic diet plans is likely to return if you haven't created healthy habits. I know this because a tremendous number of my clients have tried these plans and supplements and finally decided to come to me for support.
Skip the dramatic interventions and focus on building healthy habits that stick! It is humbling to evaluate your habits, environment and relationships, and to shine a light on what is holding you back from your health and weight goals. It is boring and unsexy to eat lots of vegetables and get decent sleep. And the truth is you may not necessarily experience rapid weight loss—certainly not like you’ll see in the first few days of doing a juice detox or drinking shitty shakes.
But if you focus on building new habits and lose a couple pounds a month consistently, that could lead to more than 20 pounds lost over the course of a year!
Healthy and sustainable always wins over drastic.
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