The truth is, when it comes to the best way to lose weight, all diets work.
The caveat is the longevity of them. Short term is fine. Long term is a horror show.
And yes, when I say all, I mean all – Paleo, low-carb, high-carb, carb back loading, eliminating the evil gluten, intermittent fasting, warrior diet, ketogenic…
The thing I find funniest is the diets all tend to have a monster, almost cult like following, in which the practitioner is willing to fight to the death to defend and dismiss the other diet tribes. They all work!
They all work, despite the grandiose difference in claims they all push.
“Carbs are evil” “Gluten isn’t natural” “Having a feeding window of 6 hours a day will make you burn fat” “Eating like cavemen will may you ripped as fuck” I could go on…
The Key to it all
They all work is because they share two traits in common:
- They lower calories
- And they increase awareness of what’s being eating
Directly, or indirectly all of the fad diets work through some form of calorie restriction. This could be by condemning carbs or gluten or by allocating an eating window of time. Despite what these diets may push calories in / calories out still matters greatly.
The second point is awareness and compliance. Because you’ve joined the ranks of a given fad diet cult, you’ll have rules to follow. This in turn means you’ll be paying attention more closely to the foods you buy and consume on a daily basis. You’ll likely stick with the plan to the T, short term at least, and you’ll see the benefits of doing so with the weight-loss you’re lusting after.
The diets that work are the ones that you stick with.
The point I’m stumbling towards with this mess of words is that, instead of buying into these fad diets that are only short term “fixes”, apply the reasons that these fads work in the short term – that is calories restriction, awareness of the foods you’re eating and compliance to a cause and commit them to the long term.
Doing it Right
Eating healthy isn’t about fads or short term sprints, it’s a lifelong event.
- Lean meats
- Leafy vegetables
- Colourful vegetables
- Cruciferous vegetables
- Berries, nuts and seeds
- Rice, grains, potatoes
- Healthy fats
- Plenty of water
There really is “no best way to lose weight” – It comes down to limiting calories, awareness of the foods you’re eating and compliance to the cause.
I guess that’s the end of this thought and something to hopefully mull over.
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