Fads, fads, fads. Every bit of them. Going on a diet simply will not accomplish what you want it to accomplish! Sure, there are several gimmicks out there that can help you lose weight and get fit, but by definition, these diets are TEMPORARY. If you really want to keep that weight off, well, you can continue spending the tons of money for whatever program you are using until the day you die, or you can change your entire lifestyle and throw all of the diet books away!
For example, yes, I can count points for weight-watchers, but is that going to work if I get pregnant again, if my husband dies suddenly (which I pray AGAINST on a regular basis), if I contract some chronic health problem? Uh…of course not! But, if I choose healthy foods, if I get into the habit of grabbing an apple for my lunch instead of a chocolate chip cookie…well…THAT will turn into me WANTING the apple instead of the cookie, and when these life changes occur, it wont be a conscious choice to choose the apple, I’ll just do it.
Another example, even joining the highest ranking gym can’t last forever. My husband may lose his job and we are poor, or we might move away, or I might break a leg (wouldn’t that be super ironic right now in my life: My three small children would run amok for sure!) But if I choose to live a more active lifestyle, even loss of the gym won’t keep me down.
I can actually use a personal example for this one. Just recently me and the children have traveled across country to spend the summer with my family. My family eats TONS of carbs and breads, and obviously, I couldn’t bring my aerobics instructors with me. I have found myself eating hamburgers with no buns, choosing grapes for breakfast instead of cereal, and I picked up running where previously I had used the gym. I don’t have to make the choice, it just comes natural for me to *want* the healthier options. In this way, I can keep living healthy, without having to worry about specific or strict *diets*
Have you ever tried a diet that just didn’t work out for you?