I have a friend who’s going on a diet. I mean, who doesn’t. After all it’s that time of year when almost everyone resolves to lose weight and/or “get back in shape.” The gyms are packed, people are standing in line at the salad bar, and fast food chains are as quiet as church when the pastor asks for volunteers for the post-banquet kitchen clean-up committee.
But that all changes, quickly. By early February, the world has stopped spinning on its axis as most everyone has returned to their flab-inducing routine. Only the regular inhabit the gym, getting a salad is a breeze and Ronald McD and his colleagues are screaming “hallelujah” once again.
Dieters often fare the worst. While two-thirds of Americans say they’re on a diet, only one in five will actually achieve any meaningful and sustained weight loss, according to Dr. Jessica Bartfield, a nutrition and weight management specialist at the Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery & Bariatric Care in Illinois.
1) Underestimating the amount of calories you consume daily
2) Overestimating the amount of calories you burn during workouts
3) Poor timing with your eating
4) Not enough sleep
But all is not lost, she says. “Dieting is a skill, much like riding a bicycle, and requires practice and good instruction. You’re going to fall over and feel frustrated, but eventually you will succeed and it will get easier.”
In order to achieve success, your “diet” has to simply become “the way I eat.” Balanced. Nutritious. Smart.
That “diet” will help you get there–and stay there, for the rest of your now-helthy life!