If you’re trying to lose weight I would be careful with the word ‘diet’. I’ve started about 10 different diets in hopes of losing weight and all of them failed.
Why? Because diets suck. They are hard to stick at because they are such a shock to the system. You can’t just cut out everything bad you eat, it doesn’t work that way. You’ll crave every unhealthy, delicious food you’ve ever eaten and sooner or later you’ll crumble and fall back to your old eating habits.
You need to replace the word ‘diet’ with ‘lifestyle’ and most importantly, you need to take things slow. Here’s how I’ve been doing it:
1. Junk: I started by not buying as much junk food in my weekly shop and now I buy none at all. I’ve cut out most white / starchy carbohydrates and replaced them with fresh vegetables. I still eat rice and breads occasionally but in a more balanced diet.
2. Exercise: Join the gym and go to it. I used to hate the gym but now I go 2-3 times per week and I must admit, I kind of enjoy it now. It’s good to feel stronger and fitter.
3. Set small goals: My target is to lose a 3-4 pounds each week. Each time I break into the next set of 10 (30lbs, 20lbs etc.) it feels amazing. So close to getting into the 20’s.
4. Take it week by week, even day by day: Some days you’ll have a bad day, but don’t fall back into the trap of eating unhealthy everyday after that. Treat yourself at least once a week.
5. Only weigh yourself once a week: The progress you’re making won’t register if you weigh yourself every day. I also recommend tracking your weight in an app or, simply, in a notebook.