We are bombarded by all types of diet propaganda trying to convince us that they are the solution to solve our overweight problems, from Atkins to South Beach Diet, to Zone Diet, and extreme low carb diets. Indeed, these diets have worked for some while failed for others. Hence, the challenging question: Are they having long-term results, which means keeping the weight off, or were just temporary weight loss, which means eventually gaining more weight?
I am purposely not explaining these popular diets, as I want you to research on your own and choose which one will work better for you according to your readings and not just mine.
In my case, the combination of high protein, medium carbs, and low fat (mostly monounsaturated fat) worked better for me. Previously, I tried a high protein and low carb menu before but felt weak, as I exercise daily and my body needed carbs. Besides, I have to say that carbs are not our enemies. Consuming extra carbs is a danger because if not used, they become stored fat.
Reportedly, the body uses carbohydrates as fuel while saves fats for emergencies. The more we exercise, the more fat we burn. Therefore, it is a matter of keeping a balance and not following extreme diets, which will cause you to give up after few weeks for their strict menus.
Self-discipline, motivation, and the personal commitment to lose weight will be your main tools to fight obesity as well as the diet propaganda insanity. True, people following a low-carb diet lose weight quickly. Arguably, they are losing more water as they also deplete carbohydrate stores from muscle tissue and the liver.
The point is that no matter how good diets present themselves. As long as one does not take the personal decision to change bad eating habits and exercise more, diets will continue to come and go. That is the plain truth, and you know it, right? Losing weight starts within our minds. Trying to follow a strict diet makes it hard from the beginning; diet should be a joyful experience, not a burden. Getting rid of obesity is a need to improve our productivity and health in general.
We need to stop this obesity and diet propaganda insanity by looking for help and doing personal readings about nutrition. The fact is that our bodies respond differently to different diets because we all have different metabolisms. Some people will prefer high protein over low carb diets, or vice versa. Whatever works for you in the long-term and not the short-term is good.
Therefore, our challenge is to choose a healthy diet after having done a thorough reading. Above all, it is necessary to understand how our bodies function and to select the right foods to win the battle against obesity. Junk foods are just that – junk food, without nutritional value and primarily high in calories. However, I prefer not to call it “diet,” but a healthy decision to eat healthily.
Hence, it is up to us to decide which diet will work better for us. On the one hand, we feel vulnerable by the insane bombardment of diet propaganda and not knowing which one to trust. On the other hand, we think we found the proper diet based on that propaganda, but we end up being disappointed. Consequently, my advice is to research different programs and see how they will benefit your weight loss goal, not the other way around.
The most important thing is to eat healthily and in moderation and drink a lot of water to keep our bodies hydrated. Exercise at least three times a week, and take your nutritional supplements. Avoid excess saturated fats. Use oils containing healthy fat, such as olive oil and canola oil. Over processed food, primarily sugary products, is not an excellent companion to keep the weight off.
The bottom line, whatever diet is working for you, stick to it. Remember that your goal is to keep the weight off in the long term, not just the short term. Remember, you are not alone; many people are trying to lose weight. Helping each other is the most valuable tool. Others have lost weight and kept the weight off. I did it, so can you! Believe in yourself. You are special.