So, Lydia, I hear you say, what do I need to eat to finally, really, truly lose weight for good and keep it off? What is the secret?
That's the question I get all the time - what do I need to eat get to get to goal weight?
And usually, people expect it to be new and, well, different. I've been there. I've eaten all. the. weird. things. I've grapefruit-ed and keto-ed and no-fatted and all-fatted. And I thought they were the answer for the first few days or weeks until I never wanted to see a grapefruit again.
But now after several years of testing, at last, I have the answer. And the surprizing answer is - It's not a diet.
I can tell you in my experience as a marketer, all diets are things that are INVENTED. Sure, some parts of them are based on research but they are all recent developments influenced by marketing culture.
But what works long term is ... [drumroll] what has been derived from hundreds of years of human experience.
And that is meals.
Yup, meals, planned ahead, with some balance of foods, and some level of enjoyment, not bran flakes but not a sensory extravaganza.
You could add some other commonsense things that normal eaters do for extra credit. The book The Rules of “Normal” Eating which explores what normal eaters do. It lays out the four basic rules that "normal" eaters follow instinctively — eating when they're hungry, choosing foods that satisfy them, eating with awareness and enjoyment, and stopping when they're full or satisfied.
This doesn't mean you give up elements of diets that have really worked for you. You can still err on the side of keto, or have a plant-based diet, but to do it long term requires having an approach that works for you that you stick to and refine over time. It cannot feel extreme.
So what is your eating approach going to be?
Challenge: Test out a basic plan for the next 30 days. Invent it yourself, using meals.
But, Lydia, what is a meal?
Have a great week,
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Hi, I'm Lydia Pattison.