There’s a lot of diets out there. Fad diets, tried and true diets, the low carb diet, the paleo diet, the ketogenic diet, the diet diet diet. That damned “Diet” word keeps popping up… but what comes to mind when you think of a diet?
For me, a diet is “what I cannot have”. That’s just what pops into my mind when I think of a diet – I’m giving something up. I’ll bet, to some degree at least, it’s true for you as well.
I’ve always been a big guy; I graduated high school in 2002 at 330lbs, and since then I’d never been below 280lbs – but had more recently found myself up at 379lbs. I’ve tried different diets over the years with limited success. I always found myself slowly falling off track with them. There’s no shame in failing on a diet, right? Diets don’t work®.
An old friend of mine lost a bunch of weight and got stupid ripped. He gave a ton of credit to a nutritionist he worked with, so I talked to him about how he did it. After a lot of considering, more wasted time, more failed attempts to do it on my own, I decided to find out more. I learned that this is really a nutrition plan; not a diet. What’s the difference? Well, this plan is entirely based around things that I can have, things that I should have and things that I want to have. There’s nothing in the plan that I don’t like – that’s part of the consultation process before I got the plan – and there’s no part of it I don’t enjoy. These are some of the things I made early on in the process – none of them felt very ‘diet’ to me.
But it’s still a diet… Saying “nutrition plan” is just using different words for it. Right?
Words have power. Lots of power. Words give meaning to everything we do, words are literally everything we say. Words are how we communicate, so picking the right word really matters. Losing weight is as much psychological as it is anything else. If you’re not in the mindset to make the necessary changes, it’s just not going to happen. If you’ve managed to get yourself into that mindset, or found yourself there due to circumstance, the words you use to guide yourself to your goal are going to make a big part of the difference between keeping that mindset or losing your way.
Nobody sticks to a diet; it’s a “thing” about diets.
“Sticking to the plan”, however, is completely different. Everyone wants to stick to the plan. It’s a thing you do with plans, damnit!
I’ve been on a nutrition plan for 9 months. I’m sticking to the plan, and I’ve lost 35% of my body weight (134lbs to date). Dieting, though? Didn’t you hear? Diets don’t work®. Me? I’ve got a plan.
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