Ever regain weight back after working hard to lose it?
You either sighed heavily or blurted out a loud "Ha!" at that question... caught ya. The ugly statistics that show most of those attempting to lose weight fail, lead many into a frustrating cycle of career-dieting. Always looking for answers - the hidden "secret" - we plod along from one diet to another.
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A new twist emerged a couple of years ago when a study concluded that most diets could lead to weight loss, but those that were successful in keeping it off had one leading commonality: Regardless which diet was followed, those who tracked their food achieved the greatest success.
I am not exaggerating when I say that of the thousands of would-be weight-loss champions that have been through my consulting program, this is an absolute. The single biggest reason why I ask clients to log their food and let me see it is so that they drill quantitative food information into their brains. They need to know a bagel has 50 grams of carbs, they need to know a double-cheeseburger has 35 grams of fat... and if they never have to write gram totals down, they never look it up. Once you create a database of information like that in your memory, you can't make a poor decision "on accident."
If you have a goal, even if you're accountable only to yourself, you will pass on more "bad foods" and you'll even plan your days better. Not tracking your food intake makes following any nutrition plan impossible; it is the greatest dieting "sin" that will undermine all progress.
A logical second behavior that will prevent consistent fat loss is simply having a food intake that is too high, regardless of the plan you intend to follow. Many well-intentioned type-A dieters plan, track and consistently eat high-quality food, but too much of it. It can be difficult to create the right starting point for yourself since everyone's genetic metabolism is different. I recommend working with a proven nutritionist that has much experience and some formal education. Would you let an amateur work on your car? Spend the money on yourself - this is too important.