Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

The Power of Consistency: You Don't Have to Follow a Diet Slavishly for It to Be Effective

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

The Power of Consistency: You Don't Have to Follow a Diet Slavishly for It to Be Effective

Article excerpt

We've all met those people who insist that since they kicked gluten/ dairy/sugar/heroin their health has been transformed, and maybe you've felt pressure to sign up and join the revolution too. Perhaps it seemed to work--for a while. But while the one-size-fits-all credos of these diet regimens might work for some, the best way to make any diet work for you is to answer the following questions honestly.

1. CAN I ACTUALLY DO THIS?

Whatever diet you decide to go with, be realistic. A zero-carb diet isn't going to be feasible when you're traveling through Italy, so keep the rules loose. Have spaghetti carbonara--just in moderation.

2. WHAT AM I WILLING TO GIVE UP?

With any diet, there is a trade-off. Perhaps that means no more cookies and milk with your significant other, or fewer social events and dinners out with friends and family. Think about which parts of your diet you want to sacrifice.

3. WILL I STICK WITH IT?

There's a justification for starting small. Without consistency, there will be minimal success. If there is any doubt, start at the shallow end of a diet and progress slowly. One reason so many people fail at their diets is that they take on too much all at once.

All of these points come down to a simple philosophy: Focus on the big picture, not the minutiae. The details are for top-end athletes and physique competitors. Those bodybuilders standing onstage are all jacked. What separates them from everyone else is the detail in their diet. …

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