I’m against diets, in general. If you’re young and don’t have to much weight in excess, just change your lifestyle. Move a lot more, eat a lot less, eat good food, not junk bla bla, bla…. By now, you should know the lesson well.
What if you’re a lot overweight? A human whale or elephant…
Then, it’s a different story. Obesity is a condition and should be treated likewise.
I’m not discussing the medical treatment options, I’ m taking a look at the lifestyle.
The first thing to do is to be more active, in all aspects: fight stress, groom yourself, buy nice clothes, learn something new, go out of your home, socialize, take long walks in fresh air and, especially, declutter your home and your life. Make things simpler, make room to change your life.
And, of course, you need a diet.
In many conditions, diets are a must, only a diet for obesity is not a list of dos and don’ts.
You have to build your own diet, make it viable.
A good start would be to adhere to one of existing healthy diets like the Mediterranean Diet or Dash Diet. Avoid diets promising wonders, this is a long, long path to go.
South Beach Diet was a very good starting point, unfortunately it’s been “killed”. There are some promises of revival. The old South Beachers maintain support groups on Facebook.
Although it has some flaws, Montignac Diet, from which South Beach Diet emerged is an interesting one and has some scientific backup. It also has Mediterranean recipes included.
You don’t necessarily need to adhere 100% to a diet, it’s almost impossible to do so.
It may not suit your preferences or lifestyle. 75% would be a good percentage to start with. That’s what I did when I adopted South Beach Diet. For example, I almost don’t eat in the evening, Lunch is my main meal and I had to adapt the diet menus.
Also, I didn’t understand why bananas and potatoes were not recommended and kept eating them. And, surprise, after one year, the official diet put back bananas.
Potatoes are, to this day, not accepted in many diets but this is really wrong. They’re very healthy, only quantities are unhealthy and the cooking methods. Potatoes are still on my menus, with no damage to my weight.
Once you’ve mastered one of the diets, keep a journal, keep track of your weight, waist length, health parameters.
If, over a couple of months you don’t see improvements, start making some changes.
Don’t forget that your diet must be viable (capable of working successfully or feasible) on a long term. A lifelong term, that is, you’ll live with this diet.
Make small changes, don’t rush. See if your changes are doing any good, not immediately but in 2-3 weeks.
Expect that, even successfully, after six months or so, you may hit a plateau. That is, your scale seems to freeze. Don’t panic, just keep on going. Time to review your diet and, maybe, make adjustments and exercise more.
Your diet has to be personalized and maintained to be viable, that’s the whole idea.