People often get hung up on the way they are going to do something. It is analysis paralysis. You sit and think about, read about and contemplate your problem. You think tomorrow sounds like a good idea. Or even better yet, Monday. When I was a smoker I was always going to quit on Monday. The whole time I smoked cigarettes (almost 20 years), I never bought a carton of cigarettes. I always bought one or two packs at a time. The reason is because I was always going to quit on Monday. When I finally did quit (12 years ago), I remember saying to myself, why do you wait so long?
The same is true for dieting. I can’t tell you how many times I told myself I was going to start my diet on Monday, so I might as well live it up this weekend. This thinking has put more weight on me than I can imagine. I have stopped doing this. When I start something, I do it now. Not tomorrow, now.
The point of this article is to let you know that you don’t need any special diet. You can lose weight with any diet. Any diet!
Here are three basic diets people usually use to lose weight fast. I have used two of these personally, at different times in life, to lose thirty pounds.
The vegan diet- Nothing But Veggies. I would never recommend this diet long term. But, if you ate this way and threw in some eggs, it would be pretty darn healthy. I have never eaten this way other than a juice cleanse I did a few times. This, in my opinion, would be a great “cleanse” to do for a few weeks. I know vegans will hate my opinion on this, but getting enough protein is just too much work with this diet. Why not just eat a damn egg or two.
The No Carb Diet- Nothing But Meat And Cheese. In my opinion this is the best way to eat if you can stick to it. Great way for people used to overeating large portions of food. You can eat all you want and start losing weight. I have a real hard time sticking to this for a long time. I did lose a boatload of weight doing this diet though. Read about my experience with this here.
The Whole Grain Type Diet– Sandwiches on whole grain bread (Ezekiel). Tacos on corn tortillas, beans, etc. Lots of veggies. Lean proteins. I lost 40 pounds eating this way. Read about how I did this diet here.
I have used all three of these diets to lose 30 pounds or more. Here are the reasons they all work.
- Portion control. While eating any of these ways, you must prepare your own food for the most part. When you do this, you automatically make yourself stick to a certain portion size. Portion sizes make a huge difference in caloric intake. Remember the Subway pervert who lost like 80 pounds eating two subs a day. It was mainly portion control.
- Eliminates sugar. These diets all pretty much eliminate or drastically reduce the amount of sugar and processed carbohydrate you take in. This eliminates a lot of calories. Your body functions better, digests food better, etc.
- Eliminates processed food. All of these diets eliminate processed white flour and packaged foods. Just eliminating packaged foods would make most people lighter and healthier.
That’s it. These are the reasons that almost ALL diets will work if you follow them. That is the key though, follow through. You need to break through the first week or two and let your body adjust. Depending on how much processed, sugary foods you eat this can be a huge adjustment. Sugar withdrawal is a real thing, even if only mental. You can actually get depressed when eliminating these foods. You need to fight through this phase with all your power.
Once you get to the next stage, you start seeing results. you start having more energy. You start feeling amazing. This usually kicks in a week or two after adopting healthier habits. Then you are off to the races and the sky is the limit.
Quit analyzing how you are going to get back in shape. Pick a healthy way of eating and do it. Start today. Plan everything out and start first thing tomorrow. Why wait? The amount of weight you can lose in one month is staggering. Why do we wait so long?
Make a decision to do it and do it. We always say decision+vision equals your mission. Make a decision to get in shape. Create a vision of how you want to look and make it your mission to do this. You can’t do it until you start. Imagine how good and full of energy you will feel a month from now.