Stop Dieting – Start Living
A New Year’s Message From Wendy Chant
Well, another new year has come and gone and, with it, we all likely made – and broke – more than a few resolutions on the way to spring. One of those resolutions, probably the most popular one, in fact, was to “go on a diet.” If you’ve already broken your resolution to go on a diet this year, you’re not alone.
At any given time, according to the Calorie Control Council, 33 percent of Americans – some 71 million people – are on a diet. According to the Institute of Medicine, they spend more than $40 billion a year on weight reduction products. Yet, nine out of ten people who lose weight by dieting gain it all back within a year.
Why are so many people failing on their diets? Most people fail to lose weight in this fast-paced, confusing climate of “over information” because so many programs offered today are impractical, costly and too difficult to sustain.
Did you know that 66 % of American adults are considered “overweight?” This trend grows steadily every year because conventional dieting methods simply don’t work. In fact, rather than losing weight, the average American continues to gain 1 to 2 pounds a year according to the American Heart Association.
Books, diets, talk show health gurus, websites, infomercials – clearly, there is no lack of diet and weight loss information out there for you to choose from. But which is the best choice for you? And, when you make it, will your diet book of choice contain all the parts of the code that can last a lifetime?
Of course, there will always be the gold standard for diet books, titles like Atkins, South Beach, Sugar Busters and Body for Life. These perennial bestsellers have managed to capture the public’s attention – and stayed there – thanks in large part to the fact that each contains some piece of the Fat Loss puzzle. As such they often work to create Fat Loss in the short-term, but how long do they last? Chances are – not very long.
This year I want you to take a resolution “do over.” That’s right; no matter where you live or what month it is or what season of the year we’re in, it’s never too late to resolve to stop dieting forever. That’s right; the author of a new health book just told you to stop dieting.
Why? The reason is simple: diets don’t work. They are short-term fixes to long-term problems. After all, you didn’t gain the weight overnight, why should we think we can get rid of it that quickly. Instead of resolving to diet this year, resolve to live; live a healthy, hopeful, happy life that isn’t restricted by calories, carbs or crash diets.
Pledge to lose the fat realistically and practically, and give yourself the time to take it off – and keep it off – effectively. Forget “crashing,” “dropping” this or expecting “instant” that; lasting, permanent change takes time. I always say that we shouldn’t expect to cash in on last year’s resolution until next year, so give yourself the gift of 365 days to achieve your goal.
After all, aren’t you worth it?
Co-creator of Get Lean In 12
Author of the bestselling book Crack the Fat Loss Code (McGraw-Hill, 2008) and
Conquer the Fat Loss Code (McGraw-Hill, 2009).