Last week, a new client told me that she still found it disconcerting that I was letting her eat pretty much the same things as she was eating before she met me.
She wanted me to tell her: “Stop eating everything you used to eat, and start eating this instead”.
A couple of years ago, I wrote a blog post about a client who had asked me why I wasn’t making her eat only lettuce.
Ignore the Brainwashing
The point is, that after years and years of brainwashing, most people believe that the key to weight loss is a drastic overhaul of their current diet.
But think about it this way:
The diet approach is a list of rules or foods that you have to follow. It’s usually based on what somebody else did to lose weight. And it doesn’t take into account your life.
If I told you to stop eating what you normally eat and gave you a totally different menu, how long would you stick to it?
You might be able to keep going for a few weeks, but eventually old habits, and memories of foods that you love, would undermine your new regime and you’d be back to the old menu.
In other words, drastic overhauls are futile. They are doomed to fail.
Follow Your Own Rules
Ask any of my clients and they will tell you that what they’re eating after they lost weight is remarkably similar to what they were eating beforehand.
In essence they are sticking to their own rules, not someone else’s.
This is a stark difference between a behavioural approach to weight loss and the average diet.
Ask yourself which approach is most likely to succeed, in the long-term?
This may be totally against everything you’ve ever thought about losing weight. But it’s the best way to ensure long-term success.