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What “diet” should I follow?

Image result for what diet should i doI’m writing to you today to answer one of the most common questions I get.

To summarize, that question is: “What type of diet should I follow?”

Meaning…. Should I follow Keto? Low carb? High protein? Intermittent Fasting? Low calorie? How many calories should I eat? How many times a week should I workout? Should I do more cardio? Should I lift heavier? etc. etc.

While “diets” have a place and a time, depending on the individual, what works, and really works well, is not an actual diet. It’s a lifestyle change.

Back in 2008, when I started my weight loss journey, what kicked off my journey was eating according to the Paleo diet. But, what I soon came to realize was eating Paleo wasn’t a magic bullet. However, what eating Paleo did do was to get me to change my eating habits.

During this journey I started eating vegetables on a regular basis (mind you, I was 38 years old and had never eaten many vegetables on a regular basis before); I started drinking water (I used to survive on cranberry juice and Coke); I cut back on sugar (peanut M&Ms were a go to snack); I ate more protein (without breading and smothered in cheese); and I started eating more healthy fats like almonds.

I also made working out a non-negotiable. No matter how busy I got, I always fit in a workout. And, I owned my own business (doing digital marketing for some really big deal companies nationwide) so I was freaking busy! But, I plugged working out it into my schedule.

I made sustainable habit changes. Plain and simple.

So, I urge you to please stop.

Stop looking for the quick fixes.

Stop trying to lose a quick 10 lbs three days before your cousin’s wedding.

Stop putting so much pressure on yourself to lose an obscene amount of weight as quickly as possible.

Stop painting this false narrative that makes it seem like you need to lose it now or never.

Because, you know what?

It’s not “now or never.”

It’s not a “one and done” process.

It takes time. A lot of time. This is a “forever” kind of thing. And the more you try to speed things up or lose weight faster or take magical fat burning pills or invest in Fit Tea or Shakes or Supplements that promise to burn fat …the further you drive yourself away from reaching your goal.

Listen. My approach may not be sexy or marketable or fun or easy…but it’s the truth.

Working on creating sustainable habits never ends. You will get better at it. It will get easier. You will get to a point where you don’t have to consciously think about it all the time.

But when it’s all said and done, this process never ends. So enjoy it. Smile. Have fun. Invest in the process. Give yourself the best opportunity to succeed.

Committed to your success,

Patti

P.S. If you’re ready to stop looking for those quick fixes and find something that really works, schedule a no-obligation Success Session with me so we may determine the best approach for your health and fitness goals. Here’s the link: http://nerdygirlconsultation.timetap.com

 

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