Updated: Feb 12
The weight loss industry today, less in India (catching up real fast though) and more so in the rest of the world is succeeding today primarily due to the fear created in the minds of consumers about what matters most for health, how you will not succeed if you are not following a certain diets which is trending right now.
With the number of different best diets available today they try to confuse you about what will work for weight loss and what won’t. Everyone wants a piece of you. With so many people out there thinking for you, it is but natural to stop thinking for yourself.
Unless you are a celebrity, who either has 24/7 advice so that you don’t have to think for yourself or you are a public figure who has to look a certain way all the time and therefore can spend that much in money and time, you need something more affordable and doable. It should also get you results.
So wouldn’t it be great if we didn’t have to turn our lives upside down to get fit or to eat healthy for weight loss. If we could just make some tweaks here and there to our routines & eating to start seeing changes……..wouldn’t that be great!! Trying to follow diets that you don’t identify with or you don’t understand is unnecessary.
From Atkins’s diet, paleolithic diet, alkaline diet to cleansing diet, fasting diet to now the new rave the keto diet or the low carb diet, the list is unending. So how do you decide, giving up what exactly, will really work for you? The answer is, you will never know unless you try each one of them and choose the one with the best results.
Or you can make intelligent, sustainable choices in your existing way of eating and exercising without the fear that you are doing something wrong just because you are not following the herd.
In India, if anyone hears a wrestler or bodybuilder speak, most of them are not from the big cities, they talk about eating a lot of whole grains flatbread (roti), clarified butter (ghee) and dairy products in abundance amongst other things and they do very well both health-wise and professionally.
They definitely warn you about consuming too much sweet, alcohol and don’t understand junk food like burgers and pizza but never talk about cutting out any food that is healthy and grown of the land.
So then is it fair to say that cutting out certain food groups or items is necessary for fat loss and muscle building unless you have a condition where you are intolerant to it since your body can’t digest it. A lot of these professional bodybuilders are also vegetarian but still consume enough protein needed for building their muscular physique.
So let’s ask ourselves a question, who was creating weight loss diet plans with fancy names a century ago? Around that time people didn’t even have enough food to put on their table, leave alone diet. People ate whatever was available, especially items like bread, white flour, sugar, potatoes etc. But lifestyle was different back then and lifestyle-related diseases were few.
Therefore trying to base your decision on the picture of a model, celebrity or actor on a cover magazine and the diet she is following is never going to get you results. Their starting point, journey, and goals are very different from yours. And unless you have that kind of money to sustain professional advice forever, it’s always better to figure out what works for your situation and body early on in your fitness journey.
Of course, you can and should use help along your journey by trainers and coaches as necessary to understand what works best for you in terms of food and exercise but in the long run, you should be able to sustain yourself and make the right choices.
Take help from a coach to get started if you don’t know where or how to start and you are getting overwhelmed by the thought or you have a certain goal to reach in a limited amount of time. But remember that a good coach empowers you, in the long run, without making you dependent on them forever.
Therefore start your journey with small steps, and move forward gradually. Listen to your body as it will tell you what it needs….weight loss doesn’t have to be that scary thing that is extremely uncomfortable. It just needs the right approach, the right mindset, commitment and discipline above all else…And when you take help, take it for the right reasons.