Keep'er Fit

Gary Wallace

Diets: Just ask yourself two questions

I have a secret to tell you, all weight loss diets work. At some stage they will do what they are designed to do.
The problem is, at what cost to your health, happiness and life? Low carb, high fat, drink your own pee or whatever diet eliminates some food groups, would have me at least questioning it.
They will have their valid reasons and scientific research to back it up but it’s not you.
What I mean is that we are all different, what works for you may not work for another.
You may be better at consuming different food types and amounts than other people.

Currently I do intermitting fasting, if you wish to put a label on it.
I have a number of reasons why I chose to do it. My main reason is to stop me snacking at night. I, like all of us run the risk of temptation when it comes to food, when it’s in the house I’ll eat it, even if it’s all healthy foods.
I was finding myself coming in from work and just snacking for no reason other than it was something to do that I enjoyed.
The other reason was to give my stomach a rest.
If you think about it if we are always grazing, then when does our stomach get a chance to rest? So I stop eating around 8pm every day and eat again around 12pm. This works for me, my lifestyle and my bad habits.

The two questions I asked myself and anyone who says they are on a ‘diet’ are ‘How do you feel?’ and ‘Can you do it for the rest of your life?’
If you answer yes to both then I feel you are on the right path. If you feel good on your diet but would find it too hard to sustain then maybe you need to make a few lifestyle changes or find something that fits into your lifestyle.
If you think you could do it for the rest of your life but you don’t feel good, then your body is probably telling you something. Either it’s not for you or it may take a bit more time for your body to adapt.
The worst case is that you answer negatively to both. If you are feeling poor on the food or lack of food you are consuming plus you wouldn’t be able to sustain it for the rest of your life, then I would advise you to change your eating habits.
There may be some exceptions to this rule. For example, if you have been advised from a qualified nutritionist to change your eating habit for health reasons then I would stick it out for a while and keep communicating with your nutritionist.


On the other hand don’t be afraid to try new eating habits.
My choice of food has moved more towards vegetarian/vegan and I’m really enjoying it. I love the flavour from my meals and also the convenience of cooking them. Don’t worry if you add beans and lentils to most dishes your belly will be well full.
With anything in terms of health and fitness, everyone is different and your body will change. So keep asking yourself these two questions and don’t be afraid to question your answers from time to time.
At the end of the day you are trying to do what suits you best not anyone else.

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