Thanks to the literally growing residents of the United States of which 67% are overweight and 34% are obese, diets have become a way of life. Or have they? We try popular diets which are meant to be quick fixes and even though by definition we only intend to stay on them for a certain amount of time, we often don’t even stick with them long enough to benefit from them. They become temporary fad diets without staying power. Diets in the traditional sense just don’t work. They involve unsettling drastic changes to our lives. I would argue that diets generally don’t work because they aren’t easy or pleasant.Have delicious diet meals delivered straight to your home.
In order to lose weight, we need to find diets that are convenient and tasty. There are many delivery diets out there which send food right to our door. No cooking or decision making (except for picking from a menu) is involved and presumably the food tastes good. If we were all as wealthy as Oprah Winfrey, we could have our food cooked for us and use our own personal chef diets. On a side note, I have no idea how Oprah can’t keep her weight down if she has personal chefs who can cook the tastiest healthiest food on earth every day. She could even hire people to stop her from eating junk food 24/7. There are diets that are convenient and I haven’t tried any of them. The popular fad diets can be expensive or downright impractical and delivery diets can be tough to follow when one is traveling. A personal chef really can’t be taken on a trip with you (unless you have free companion fares for life.) I would argue that diets are often a mindset and have to eventually become a way of life. Most people need to go on diets because their prior way of thinking was one of eating unhealthily. A short diet only improves matters for a short period of time and then the normal bad diet causes the person to gain weight again. Only a permanent mind shift in eating helps keep one healthy. It is possible that a popular diet might get one going down the right path so that the results are encouraging enough to keep one eating healthy for life. It happens, but rarely. Most people end up yo-yo dieting, going from one fad diet to another until they end up on the TV show The Biggest Loser. Delivery diets can get expensive but some are cheaper than others. It’s difficult to find a practical diet that one can live with but it can be done.
Of course, one should exercise as well as watch what they eat. I wrote about working out in a prior post. But there are other more fun ways to get exercise besides working out. Having lost 20 lbs myself in the last 5 years, I’ve found that eating more home-cooked meals and slowly reducing my portions was most effective. As I wrote in a quote, “The more I eat the more I eat.” I continue to find that to be true. To be honest though, the only reason I significantly reduced my eating portions was not a delivery diet or a personal chef. Rather, it was a stressful time in my life that made me not want to eat. I don’t advocate self-induced stress but gradually cutting back on portions is the key to losing weight. I believe that this is a major factor that makes diets successful. The trick is making the diet meals satisfying. I’ll leave that to the scientists and doctors who create these diets. You can always make your own healthy diet food but it’s it takes a lot of effort for somebody who is overweight to begin with.
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