I remember when I first felt a glimmer of hope that I might actually be able to lose the weight I’d gained over the course of several stressful years. I found a website for a personal trainer, and the people in the “before pics” looked a lot like me. But what was even more encouraging was their “after pics.” They looked leaner, healthier, happier — but not like they were spending two hours a day working out. Maybe this is possible, I thought. And I actually cried from relief. I hadn’t realized just how hopeless I felt until a little ray of hope shone into my gloomy heart.
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.