Monday, December 28, 2009
New Year Weight Loss
Happy Holidays from the traineo team!
We’re coming up to the biggest dieting ‘season’ of the year, it’s the time when lots of people set out on a New Year plan to lose weight, get in shape, and vow to make the commitment to improve their health. If you’re one of the folks reading this who is focused on finding a weight loss diet that works for you I hope you find this brief article useful before you get started.
To be honest, selling or marketing the idea of a ‘weight loss diet’ worries me. If you’ve ever tried a diet yourself or spoken to anyone who has tried dieting, its principles and results are focused on quick changes and results. These aren’t concepts that are sustainable over time and don’t fit a strategy for success. For many things in life, a strategy that works well is one that iterates a winning formula. Whether you’re training to run a marathon, building a successful business, learning a new language, or improve your career – being consistent and repeating what works for you personally is the key. Losing and maintaining weight is no different.
A weight loss diet is popular term as it’s what people want – it’s a solution to reach a goal. A diet, by definition, implies a short-term reduction in calorie intake to reach a lower weight. I think this is where many people go wrong. Losing weight and maintaining a healthy weight is about lifestyle and understanding your body. Understanding how to iterate calorie management strategies that allow you to consume less than you burn over a long period of time (negative net energy) and understanding how to iterate these formulas consistently into your lifestyle is critical. Lifestyle is the key term here – if the fundamental formula for your weight loss diet doesn’t fit your lifestyle quite simply put it’s not going to work!
So, when setting out on your weight loss diet this New Year, try and focus on not only finding your personal formula for losing weight but look longer term, look ahead for a strategy that you feel you can iterate over the long term. I think you’re going to find very quickly that this approach will eliminate fad or fashion diets.
You’ll find thousands of people using a successful long-term strategy on traineo. Click here to read about some of the success directly on the traineo forums.