Have you been struggling to lose weight? Frustrated by your lack of results?
Did you know the problem might not be you OR the diet? It might be a bad fit between your diet “personality” and the diet you’re following.
Diets are like shoes – some fit a bit too wide, some are too narrow in the toe and others, to quote from Goldilocks, are just right.
A well fitting pair of shoes are worth their weight in gold (a fact that will become even clearer to you as you get older, ladies).
And just like shoes, a well-fitting diet is also worth its weight in gold. A well-fitting diet makes weight loss easy, gives you energy and gets you excited about your new, healthier slimmer body.
So how can you find the right fit for your diet personality? Here are #3 questions to ask yourself to find the right fit for you.
#1. How Much Time Do You Want To Give Your Diet/Food/Preparation?
Are you someone who loves to spend time in the kitchen? Do you love shopping for fresh ingredients and then spending a few hours experimenting over a hot stove?
If so, then you’re probably more of a do-it-yourselfer. You may need to read about a certain diet philosophy (like the paleo diet or a raw diet or a vegan diet for example) and then teach yourself how to cook delicious meals to fit that diet.
However if you’re someone who absolutely loathes cooking – or just doesn’t have time to shop for all the different ingredients – then you may do better with a pre-made diet.
For example, you may want to try a diet delivery service, or even a meal replacement diet where everything is done for you.
Then you can grab your meals and go get on with your life as you lose weight.
#2. Do You Suffer From Diet Trauma?
This is something a lot of us ladies suffer from unfortunately – years of diet-induced trauma has made us loathe the very idea of deprivation and carrot sticks for dinner.
We don’t want to diet because we picture weeks of living on cardboard-tasting food with nary a crumb of anything remotely delicious.
If that’s you then you need to go with a diet plan that lets you have treats – whatever those treats may be for you.
For example, I know a lady who absolutely cannot live without chocolate every day. There are several diet plans for that.
Another friend of mine just refuses to live without her glass of wine – there’s a plan for that too.
And perhaps you just don’t want to eat one meal that tastes remotely like a diet meal (high diet trauma). So maybe a gourmet fresh meal delivery service can alleviate your pain there.
The bottom line is that we think diets mean deprivation – so we start out already defeated. Don’t be defeated, be strategic.
And build in luxury and pampering to your weight loss plan before you start.
3. How Much Weight Do You Want To Lose and How Fast?
There’s always a tradeoff between calories and fast weight loss. For example, a meal replacement diet may run about 1200 calories a day – and you lose weight very fast. But the food is not on the gourmet side if you know what I mean (protein bars and shakes, soups, oatmeals, etc.)
Whereas a regular diet plan where you prepare full meals – or have them prepared for you – may run 1500 – 1600 calories a day. So you’ll lose weight, but at a slower pace. But the food will taste better.
So what are you willing to give up to reach your goal in your desired time frame?
For some people they need to lose weight as fast as possible. So they are OK with making a few sacrifices here or there.
Other people value a slow and steady pace – so they have time to get used to the change in food habits, portions etc. So it depends again on your personality.
So those are 3 questions to ask yourself to give an idea of your unique diet personality. The good news is that you have a lot of diet options out there today to fit your needs. So go forth and find the most well-fitting, effective weight loss plan for you!