Last week I shared to be consistent with our exercise, we must find a fitness design that fits into our schedule. Each woman is different and needs to discover what works for her. The same is true with our diet.
Learning how to balance calories in vs calories out is the key to lose or maintain weight. This theory was supported in the January issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. A team of researches at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge,La., conducted a study where they selected one of four diets to assign to different individuals: low fat and higher carb; higher protein, high fat, and lower carbs. However each plan was designed to cut their calories each day to meet their weight loss goals.
After six months and again after two years, researches found that the strongest predictor for weight loss was not the best diet, but rather how consistent the participants were in sticking to the plan.
The results: Researches concluded that “dieters should choose a restricted calorie plan that works for them, and not base their diet plans off of a particular fad (e.g. a low-carb diet isn’t the plan for someone with a sweet tooth).” Of course, “restricting” means at a healthy amount that is no less than 1,200 calories a day.
In another similar study by the Pennington Biomedical Research Center published in the Journal of the American Medical Association shared that “extra calories and low protein are the two biggest factors for weight gain.”
I have found that to be true with many busy women. They become so busy they are not aware of many calories they are innocently consuming each day (even those that appear to be healthy calories) or they become so busy that time slips away from them and they do not get their dally requirements of protein . When this happens, it can lead to weight gain with a loss of muscle mass over time.
So what is a busy woman to do? Throw out what worked for someone else and stop chasing the latest diet. Learn to eat healthy with the right amount of calories for your body and weight loss goals by discovering a clear eating plan that works for you.
This rings true for me, as well. I have had to learn to choose a plan that works for me. If I had to follow a plan that made me give up my cookies and occasional favorite desert, it would be out the door. There is no way I could stick with that long term. I don’t want to feel deprived.
I often receive questions like, “what do you think about this diet?” or “will this work?” I always reply with a question. “Can you do it for the rest of your life?” If it is too great of a challenge to stick with long term, it will not work for you, no matter who may have done it. Get an eating plan that you can stick with and it will work.
I am curious – “Has there been any ‘diet’ that has been a challenge for you stick with?” Leave a comment and let me know.