As a personal trainer, usually one of the first questions I am asked is, “How long do I need to diet?” This is basically a nice way of asking, how long do I need you to train me? How much is this going to cost? Or secretly, how long will it take for you to whip me into Victoria Secret model shape?!
Well I am going to be the one who gives you THAT annoying answer—“It depends on YOU.”
How long you are going to need diet depends on many factors:
It also depends on how much weight you want to lose. As you can imagine, it doesn’t take the same time to lose 1 stone as it does 10 stone. Although that would be amazing!
How good are you at staying on your diet and are you disciplined to work for it? If you skip a workout here, have a cheat meal there, it will take you longer to reach your goals. You need to be PERSISTENT! What may take 2 months of dedicated gym workouts and diet, may end up taking 3-5 months if you lack this quality. And that depends entirely on YOU!
As you can see, there are no definitive answers. It could take years depending on how much weight you want to lose. You didn’t gain the weight in one week and you won’t lose it in a week either. And as you GET OLDER, it TAKES LONGER to lose the weight unfortunately.
Be patient with your body. We all go through seasons of change in our lives. When you first start a new nutrition and exercise program, you are motivated and dedicated. The weight initially falls off which is extremely exciting, so you continue. It’s when the weight stops falling off and you hit the dreaded PLATEAU that can cause you to lose your patience and fall off your diet.
DIET can be a nasty 4 letter word. To most people, it carries a negative connotation. But really the word 'diet' only refers to WHAT YOU EAT. So in reality, you have been following a diet your entire life and will be following a diet FOREVER. Gasp!
So here's a helpful hint: stop viewing it as a DIET and start thinking of it more as a LIFESTYLE CHANGE!
If you chose to adapt a Paleo diet for instance, it is a forever lifestyle. Because Paleo is a lifestyle diet and believe it or not but has just as much to do about movement as it does eating. See what I eat in a day on Paleo.
If what you are doing is working, you are comfortable with the diet, and pleased with the results, keep it going! If it doesn’t work with your lifestyle and isn’t sustainable, then STOP. Again, it depends on YOU as an individual
In the end, you need to do what is best for YOU and your physical well-being. You need to work on being consistent with your activity level and stick to it. Be sure to pick an activity that you LOVE or try NEW activities.
The best diet is the diet that works for you and your lifestyle and how you eat and view food. Stick to nutritious food and nourish your body.
And ultimately if your biggest concern about going on a diet is when you can come off it again, I would recommend having a huge overhaul in the way you think about healthy eating and start working on that first!
If you are located in London & you need my VIP training to help get your booty in shape, Let's talk. Or if you need to get your diet in order, I can provide nutrition coaching or a consultation.
Listen to your body and take care of it. Be YOUR BEST self!