For years, I had only temporary success at weight loss. I’d exercise for a while, lose some fat, then stop exercising and gain it back. Or I’d cut out some foods, lose a few pounds, then gain them back. Usually the cycle ran less than a year.
I’m not alone. Nearly 65 percent of dieters return to their pre-dieting weight within three years, according to Gary Foster, Ph.D., clinical director of the Weight and Eating Disorders Program at the University of Pennsylvania. (source)
John Dewey is credited with saying, “A problem well defined is a problem half solved.” To know the best diet for you, you need to define what specific problem(s) you’re trying to solve.
Set aside 15-20 minutes or so to think about and clarify why you’re doing this; why you want to or need to change the way you eat. Is it to…
- Lose weight quickly?
- Lose weight permanently?
- Gain energy?
- Kick your addiction to sweets and/or sweet drinks?
- Stabilize your moods?
- Gain focus, and lose that foggy brain?
- Find out if food issues are causing your (or your family member’s) health problems?
- Reverse or avoid metabolic syndrome, pre-diabetes, Type 2 Diabetes or heart problems?
Write them out. If you have more than one — and most of us do! — prioritize them, and then make a short list with your top three.
Keep that short list handy, along with your quiz results from yesterday. Tomorrow, we’ll start sifting through what type of diet approach you might want to consider.
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