Are you one of those folks who simply can’t bear to think of any diet at all because you have tried them all and nary a single one works? Have you given up on your future simply because you can’t seem to let a single pound of extra weight go when you step on the scale? The question is not, are there diets that work? Nor is it the ever-famous question, how can I make my diet work? Rather, it is the mentality behind your diet schemes. In this article, I will share with you my own personal story of how my mentality concerning my weight has affected my weight loss journey more than any diet I ever tried.
I am only twenty-three years old. And truth be told, I’m really not that overweight. But when you’ve come from a long family line of overweight loved ones and have been battling weight gain for over seven years, diets can be a pretty discouraging thing. Add to that the fact that all three of my sisters are absolutely gorgeous, athletic girls, and you can see my automatic formula for self-abasement.
I have tried different diets for seven years now. Weight watchers, raw food diets, calorie counting, and Somersizing, to be exact. And yes, they all worked for a few weeks. The most I ever lost was four pounds in one week. Most of the time, it was half a pound or even a gain. I know what it is like to feel as though you simply don’t care any more because nothing works for good.
I know what it is like, but today, I couldn’t disagree more. I still struggle with my weight, but I have discovered the amazing truth: if you can limit your calories to about 500 calories less than your body is burning per day, you will lose weight. Period. Diets that work are most often based on this single fact alone.
So the big question is, How can I make my diet work? The answer is simple: start exercising while limiting your calories. Write down the calories in every bite of food you consume throughout the day. Be faithful for a month before you give up the calorie-counting stresses involved in each day.
Here’s what I did. I began counting every calorie I put in my mouth. That was a big revelation. Next, I began running. Start with a walk if you must, but push yourself beyond what you ever thought possible. When I first started running, I can tell you that each time, I sincerely thought I was going to die. I didn’t. In fact, I didn’t die even after I ignored the pain, the lack of oxygen, and continued to run–for a total of three miles before I stopped running. You, too, can do so much more than you think you can. You must just make up your mind, and do it!
Today, I am watching my calories. I personally find it more freeing to count calories when first starting a weight-loss journey than to eat only healthy foods. Besides this, I’m also training to run for a fundraiser. To find out more about this 500-mile journey I’ll be taking next spring on behalf of orphans, visit my fundraiser website at www.running4barefeet.org. And remember, I am an overweight girl just like you–and I am succeeding because I have put my mind to the test. I don’t know about you, but I’m sick of half trying–it’s do or die today. Making a diet work is about applying your mind to the task at hand, and never giving up.