Being On a Diet verses Eating a Balanced Diet
August 29, 2010
Often times when people see me that haven’t seen me in a while, they say, “hey, Chuck, you look great! What have you been doing?” Not wanting to bore people who have know interest, I simply say, “I’ve been on a diet.”
Frequently, the response is something like, “diets don’t work for me, I find that if I just eat a balanced diet, that is the best thing.” My judgment of their statement, for them, honestly, is based upon my unspoken value judgment of how it seems to be work for them. One guy in my neighborhood has not only lost weight and kept it off with the, “just eat a balanced diet and walk a lot,” diet. That is great for him, and frankly, he is a power of example for me. But, he is not an example of what I can do. Because, what I know to be true is that for 25 years I tried the eat balanced and walk a lot diet and failed miserably on all counts. So, it has been necessary for me to eat an imbalanced diet that has as its primary goal, the loss of fat. That is just what I’ve had to do.
This is something I blog about, because one of the judgmental voices in my head is – “oh come on Chuck, what’s the big deal, why don’t you just man up, eat balanced and walk a lot,” and I’m writing this to remind me that I tried that for a very long time and it was something I personally was not able to be successful at doing.
Interestingly enough, now that I have been successful at knocking off some pounds, I’m becoming more successful at walking a lot and have thrown swimming in there of late as well. In fact, my increased activity may be accounting for some of the slowdown in my weight loss as muscle starts to form.
The answer for me, once the diet ends, is going to be another lifetime program – such as the Zone diet or something that the nutritionist creates for me because left to my own devices, I must admit, I really don’t make great food choices!!