Last night I did a Facebook live about the virtues of using structured diets to get started with your weight loss and how you should eventually swap it to a more personalized approach.
At first glance it might not seem like there’s much difference at all between the two, they both help you to lose weight and they both help to manage your diet and exercise routine. While it may seem similar in the beginning, the difference between a structured diet and a personal weight loss plan can easily be the difference between a successful and failed diet!
Structured diets can be flexible in some areas but are more or less “set in stone” or so to speak. It’s pretty much follow these rules and get the results. Don’t follow the rules and perish =).
These diets have set methods for losing weight whether that be cutting carbs, modifying caloric intake, or extreme exercise regimens.
The biggest weakness is that they assume that because their method works on the whole, that it will work for everyone. How do I say this politely, it’s simply not true.
Personal Weight Loss
Personal weight loss plans on the other hand are plans that you are capable of following because you chose it.
These plans are great, but their biggest hurdle is coming up with them in the first place and this is where structured diets tend to pull ahead (at least at first).
If you’re not intimately familiar with nutrition or how to balance food and exercise, then putting together a plan personalized to you can be a daunting task, without some supprt.
Sure structured diets do that work for you, doing the hard work of balancing nutrition and planning meals.
Last and definitely not least, personalized meal plans feel more, well, personal! It’s something that you’ve worked hard on for yourself so you’re more likely to stick with it since you’re the one who worked to build it.
Structured diets can feel kind of hollow and easy to pick up or put down when you aren’t getting the results you think you should be getting. For some diets are like shopping for clothes , if it doesn’t fit well or feels uncomfortable you’re going to try on other one until you find one that fits.
Now if you’ve ever had anything tailored to fit yourself you’re going to want to keep trying and changing it until it fits just the way you want it to.
Structured diets can work well to start, but don’t let flashy promises distract you from your real goal of transitioning to a permanent, healthy lifestyle.
Lifestyle:45 is a ridiculously easy and effective way for you to learn how to live a healthy lifestyle. I wanted to create a program that was a simple and given to you in such a way that you would actually take daily action. If this sounds like you, we start on Monday!!