With my exercise routine firmly on the go (yes, I have enrolled in a four week HIIT [High-intensity interval training] program and so far I’m surviving) my next big stumbling block is DIET.

I’ve  honestly been dreading this one.

The reason for my unenthusiastic attitude was a fear of history repeating itself. Like many people, I’ve been on diets, on and off, for most of my life, and the terrible thing is I’ve never found one that worked for me in the long term. Sure, I’d lose the weight by cutting out whatever food group that eating plan called for, but as soon the diet ended, I picked the weight right back up.Diet

With it my energy dipped and my reliance on caffeine and other stimulants would rise. Of course, along with this my cravings for salt and sugar would kick in and the horrible cycle would start again with me ballooning way past my starting weight.

I’m sure I’m not alone in this cycle. Please say I’m not.

The other thing that got me down is the smorgasbord of diet choices. You can’t move on the internet without tripping over countless new diets each year. Some are radical calling for the eradication of things like carbohydrates, and sugar or fat. While others claim that exhaustive calorie counting is the only way to get thin and healthy.

DietNow all that would be fine if experts could agree with each other. For each expert who screams the benefits of the eating plan, another three highlight the dangers and deficiencies leaving us, potential dieters, living in a whirlpool of confusion.

Some sounded fine, like the Keto diet which is currently popular, until I did a little more reading. It seems you not only need your doctor to help you go on the diet, but you need him to work with you while on it and then help you come off it. Am I wrong but this sounds more like some sort of sci-fi monster serum experiment, but the lab rats live at home? Freaks me out.

The other thing that got me down is the smorgasbord of diet choices.
Think about it. I want to get healthy as well as lose weight. How does a diet, any diet that needs to be closely monitored by a healthcare professional help me to do that? If it was healthy surely it wouldn’t need constant professional input? Would it?

Anyway, after all that I worked out my problem.

I DON’T WANT ANOTHER DIET!

It’s that simple. I don’t want another stupid diet that will leave me hanging in a few weeks.

So, what do I want?

After much thought I came up with this list of demands:

Like many people, I’ve been on diets, on and off, for most of my life, and the terrible thing is I’ve never found one that worked for me in the long term.
My new eating plan must:

  1. Be easy to follow. It can’t be complicated or full of ingredients only available on Tatooine or some other far off location.
  2. Contain actual food. I don’t want to have to buy pre-made meals from anyone. I have a family to feed as well and they aren’t going to eat stuff that looks like protein rations from the Expanse.
  3. Be fun and not restrict the variety of fruits and vegetables I can eat.
  4. Not leave me broke. Very important!
  5. Not require tons of supplements and shakes. Or I might as well be on a spaceship eating my meals in pill form.
  6. Have room for kids parties and the odd date night.
  7. Not take hours of meal planning. I don’t have the time for that nonsense. If it makes my life difficult I won’t follow it.

There it is, my list.

Let me know if you have any suggestions or a list of demands of your own. In the meantime, I will continue the search for the ultimate eating plan.


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