Are You a Failed Dieter?
It was mid-September of 2016. My husband Joey and I had taken a spur-of-the-moment trip to the Outer Banks of North Carolina. My weight had ballooned about 15 lbs. We had a week of bad eating, and we both began to notice how incredibly grumpy I was getting around 3 PM if I didn’t have my “sugar fix”. On the fourth day at the beach, after ordering the largest sundae I have ever seen, I had that a-ha moment: I am addicted. I’m going to have to quit sugar.
, I had gotten stuck around 190 lbs, and I could never make the scale go down to the 180s. So once again, I failed at dieting and I gave up for awhile. Eventually, 190 went back up to 206.
Has this happened to you?
You set goals and make resolutions, and you start out at full speed. However, somewhere along the way, those big drops become tiny drops, or even worse, you get stuck or start gaining! You get so discouraged that you eventually just say “screw it” and give up.
So, what can you do to keep from becoming a Failed Dieter?
1. Ask yourself, “”Am I happy with my diet?””
If you are miserable ordering the grilled chicken salad with low fat dressing at restaurants while everyone else is eating burgers, fries, and milkshakes, then maybe it’s time to reevaluate your eating plan. What do you like? What do you dislike? There are many different diets out there now, each one catered to different types of people who like different types of things. You might not like what I like, ?
2. Ask yourself, “Am I happy with my appearance and myself right now?”
I know a LOT of women who are always going up and down in size, and yet it doesn’t matter what they look like, they are always unhappy! If you are unhappy with yourself now, chances are, you’re going to be unhappy even if you reach your goal weight (and you’ll more than likely give up long before then!). You can want to improve yourself without being abusive. If you wouldn’t say it to someone else, don’t think it about yourself.
3. Ask yourself, “Is this simple?”
My motto this year is KISS–Keep it Simple, Silly! When I notice things getting too complicated.
I just think KISS, and I readjust what I’m doing.
4. Ask yourself, “Am I having fun?”
Are you forcing yourself to go to the gym, even though you hate it? Did you sign up for basketball even though you normally fall down a lot? If you aren’t having fun, you’re setting yourself up to become a failed dieter! What is fun for YOU? Do you like wandering around Costco for hours? Do you enjoy hiking in the woods? Maybe you’re even a LARPer. Whatever activities are fun for you, do them! Don’t worry about which activities are high intensity or burn the most calories. You’ll burn the most calories when you’re doing something you like!
When we came home from the beach, . , if you keep your eating at approximately 70% fat, 25% protein, and 5% carbs, puts your body into a state of ketosis, where you burn fat for energy instead of sugar. . However, it has honestly been amazing for me!
I didn’t know what I was missing by eating low-fat everything for years. Now, just about everything I eat is nutritious. I don’t eat as many meals because eating this way really fills you up for a long time. My teeth always feel like I just left the dentist because I no longer eat sugar. My hair is shinier and my skin is brighter because I eat more fat. I went from The Failed Dieter to The Happy Dieter because I LOVE everything I eat now, and it’s so easy for me to follow! If I start jonesing for some kind of sugary sweet, there’s usually a keto version of it that’s not too difficult to make.
And in case you were wondering, I was finally able to bust over that 190 hump! Last week I hit the 180s for the first time since…well, let’s just say it’s been awhile. 😉