This post is tied to my August column at Parker Live Online which you can read here . I wrote about losing weight there, and thought I’d deal with the details and the never ending diet scams here.
The question I’ve been asked the most in the last year, and it’s been asked over and over again, is, “What diet are you on?” It seems like almost everyone who sees you losing weight, assuming you are actually doing that, want to know the “secret.”
Well here it is – There isn’t one.
The truth is that if you burn more calories that you take in over an extended period of time you will lost weight. I don’t care if you are young or old, male or female, or what your race is. It’s a scientific fact that burning (losing) more energy (calories) than you consume (eat or drink) over a period of time must result in your body burning fat (or in extreme cases muscle) which results in weight loss.
Now that’s what I call settled science!
Here’s the real secret: It doesn’t matter what diet you use (as long as it’s a fairly healthy one of course. Don’t go on the only eat oranges diet unless you want your skin to turn orange shortly before you either die or become one!).
I always tell people to use whatever diet seems to work best for them. Whether it’s a program like NutriSystem or one of the thousands of other decent diets out there doesn’t matter at all. There is NO “magic bullet” diet that guarantees success.
Whether we succeed or fail lies within ourselves not our diets!
In the last decade or so I’ve lost a ton of weight twice. In between of course I gained everything back I lost the first time and then some. I used different diets and they both worked. Even more amazing the first diet was one I made up on my own. I called it the “Low Choice Diet” because I basically ate the same thing for each meal for about a year or so. I don’t recommend it because but it worked.
This time I’ve lost 84 pounds in about 11 months by simply reducing my calories and doing a lot of walking. That’s it. I used two apps that really helped me out. I’m sure I couldn’t have done as well without them. They are free and available on both Android and Apple. The diet one is called Lose It, and to track my exercise I used Map My Walk.
Both were educational as to how many calories are in food (one popular restaurant has a salad with over 1000 calories!!!) and just how long a mile really is ( a whole lot longer than I thought when I started!).
If you choose to use those two apps you’ve got just about all the expert advice you need. You can skip all the fads and ignore, if that’s possible, all those annoying diet ads on TV too. [Will someone kindly tell Marie Osmond to please shut up!?]
All that’s left is making a real choice to do it. This is the kind of chose that aligns your heart, mind and soul pointing them towards the goal. It’s the type of decision that you make not just for now, but for the future. You need to decide now that you are going to do this, you are not going to cheat so there’s no need to even consider it past this point and that you are in this for the long haul.
And then you take things one day at a time. You endure the ups and downs as someone who’s already made the decision to do this, and as the old hymn says, there’s “no turning back, no turning back.”
When you think about it this is a very Christian approach to things. Jesus told us to take things one day at a time. But that doesn’t mean I just meander around from day to day not knowing what’s going on. Jesus certainly didn’t do that. If there has ever been a man on a mission with a very particular point of view, that man was Jesus of Nazareth.
We make a firm, total, holistic and holy decision to follow Him and from that point we live day by day.
Ditto with my diet, or anything really. Take your time, get yourself aligned, and then when you know you’re ready, make that quality decision, and launch yourself into your future. No need to worry about the diet because you’ve already settled that issue.
All you have to do is trust Jesus for the grace you need day by day, and rely on the Holy Spirit’s power to carry out that quality decision you’ve already made.
This is low stress, high quality, Christ centered, Bible based living.
So far it’s working well for me. I’ll keep you posted!