Which Diets Work? “Just Be Yourself”

Your friend drops 20 pounds like magic on the Zone diet.  You give it a shot and almost nothing happens.  You hear about Weight Watchers, decide to give that a go, and suddenly the weight falls off you.  But why did one diet work while another one failed?

Because we’re all different

The thing to remember when reading the latest research is that we’re not all made the same.  Just like our fingerprints, our metabolisms are unique to us.  So with low fat, low carb, low protein, etc., all of those diets will work well for some and not for others.

The problem is figuring out which one works for you

There’s the rub; how do I know which diet to try? There are companies who will test your DNA to give you some idea about which diets to try.  The field is in its infancy though, and is probably not much better than trial and error at the moment.  So for now, you’re stuck being your own guinea pig.  Find a diet that appeals to you and give it a go.  If you’re following the diet to a T and not much is happening, drop it and try another one.  It’s not you; it’s just the wrong approach for you.

There’s more than one solution

Don’t think of it as finding a needle in a haystack.  There will be more than one solution that will work for you.  At the end of the day every diet is really about taking in less calories than you burn, so all will have some effect.  But if it’s a holy struggle for you to stick to the plan, and the scale isn’t moving much, then it’s probably time to switch it up.

Don’t forget exercise

You’ve gotta move to help keep muscle mass and to help keep the metabolism revved up.  So don’t just sigh into your celery sticks and hope the number on the scale gets smaller.  Get off your butt and exercise too.

Have you tried different diets where one was successful and another one not so much?  I’d love to hear your stories.

Lisa

About Lisa Johnson

Lisa Johnson here. I've been a personal trainer since 1997, a Pilates instructor since 1998 and the owner of Modern Pilates since 1999. I'm hoping to give you some good ideas to get or stay in shape with a healthy dose of humor and reality. Thanks for joining me.

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2 Responses to Which Diets Work? “Just Be Yourself”

  1. Holly September 8, 2010 at 3:20 pm #

    I have tried different eating programs. Like more protein and fats versus carbohydrates. Well for 2 weeks I struggled with full body exhaustion til I finally figured out that maybe it was the food I was eating not the number of calories. As soon as I increased the carbohydrate content of the food, I had no problem feeling great! I find for me it is the type of carbs that I eat that make all the difference. But when my friend tried the same thing… nothing. She lost 10 pounds just by cutting out dairy.

  2. Lisa Johnson September 8, 2010 at 8:27 pm #

    Exactly Holly, we all have different genetic makeups and our bodies respond accordingly. Have a one size fits all diet is about as silly as saying we should all wear the same haircut. :-) Thanks for the comment.

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