Hey Everyone! I want you to meet Amanda! She wrote an amazing post for the blog and I think all of y’all will benefit from this so much. If you’re a mom, you definitely know the struggle with weight after babies and trying to keep the weight off but also wanting to splurge and enjoy life. She explains why diets suck and never work and also created a checklist. Hey, I know most mamas love their checklists! So check it out and then hop on over to her site and show her some love.
It takes little explanation to know what diets are, but let’s be honest. They suck. We all know diets suck. Don’t we all roll our eyes and feel a little sick to our stomachs when we think about going on a diet?
Because they don’t work? Because they deprive us of that chocolate cake we’ve been craving? Because they’re just plain horrible?
I bet a few of these have crossed your mind when thinking about diets:
- I don’t know what else to do.
- It’s too much work to figure it out on my own.
- They’re “easy”
- I want fast, realistic results.
The problem? You’re lying to yourself. You think diets will give you the easy, lasting results you want. But it’s just not true. And I think you know that.
LIE #1: I don’t know what else to do.
You go back to diets because they’re familiar, they’re comfortable. Guess what? That’s not what gets results. Even Albert Einstein agrees:
“…insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results.” – Albert Einstein
Why do you feel insane when you think about going on a diet? Probably because you, or someone you know, has tried them over and over again, getting the SAME result. According to Einstein, that’s the pure definition of insanity. So, according to Einstein, diets are insane? Works for me.
Different results require a different method.
LIE #2: It’s too much work to figure out on my own.
Isn’t that the problem? Diets make you dependent on them instead of teaching you how to be healthy. Sure, with a diet you can follow set guidelines, but you usually don’t learn anything, which means you won’t be able to wean yourself off. You’ll be stuck and frustrated when you stop the diet and you’ll stop seeing the results you want. And none of us can diet forever.
Yes. A healthy lifestyle requires hard work. But the hardest work is in the beginning. As you learn and experiment with what works for you, you can start to establish habits. Those habits will make a healthy lifestyle easier over time. You’ll have the freedom to rely on yourself rather than on a diet.
LIE #3: They’re “easy”
You think diets are easy because they require “less thinking”? Look back at the insanity cycle. There’s nothing easy or exciting it. Results that aren’t sustainable aren’t easy. Going on a diet that forces you back into that vicious cycle is anything but easy. Diets are frustrating and hard because they don’t work.
Healthy lifestyles work. They take more work up front, but are easier and more rewarding in the long run.
LIE #4: I want fast, realistic results.
Fast and realistic don’t go hand in hand. Think about all the diets you’ve heard of. People who lose weight fast on a diet typically aren’t doing anything sustainable. If you cut your food intake to 500 calories a day or only drink liquids for 30 days, of course you’re going to lose weight. But there’s absolutely no way you can sustain that. And who would want to?
Realistic results come from realistic changes, not from fads or diets.
I want you to be successful. I want you to get results that stick. I don’t want you to keep turning to diets. I want you to create a healthy lifestyle that’s actually sustainable. I made a checklist for you so you can start right away. I also have a free course to walk you through the process if you’re ready to ditch the diets.
Amanda is an average, busy 30 year old, works full-time and tries to keep a balanced life. She started
blogging because she was sick of seeing her friends and family get frustrated by diets and intense from
the start programs that didn’t work. She’s determined to help other busy women create realistic,
healthy lifestyles on their own. She’s lost 30 lbs on her own, has sustained a healthy lifestyle for 5+ years
and wants to teach you to do the same. Learn how to create a healthy lifestyle here.