After years of up and down weight and multiple approaches to losing or controlling weight through dieting let me declare one personal discovery as likely a universal truth: attention to detail is critical to the success of any and every weight loss program.
What do I mean by “attention to detail”?
Simply this: every bit of fuzziness, every undefined act or action, every loosely defined element of a diet plan is actually a GIANT gaping hole that a human MIND – mine, your’s, anyone’s – is particularly well designed to EXPLOIT.
A mind – that little inner voice that is “heard” by all human beings – is great at rationalizing, especially when it comes to situations where “the rules aren’t clear” or where circumstances are “open to interpretation”.
“Have I consumed more than 1500 calories? I don’t “think” so.” (Because nothing was accurately measured.)
“I THINK it’s okay to eat a little extra ice cream because . . . ”
I could drag this out, citing all the examples of how “fuzzy diet plans” fail, but you already know that most diet plans don’t work for you.
So, given that truth, what can you and I do?
We can sign up for a diet plan, one that, at a price, offers us pre-packaged attention to food consumption details: a meal delivery plan, a daily calorie counting and food recommendation plan, etc.
Or you can just pay attention to the truth of what works and what doesn’t and confront your own mind’s favorite tactic for avoiding or escaping discomfort: exploting fuzziness – real or self-inflicted/created.
DEFINE EVERYTHING. Who. What. When. Where. How. How much. How often.
Defining everything isn’t everything – ALL – that anyone of us has to do to make a diet or diet plan work.
However, a failure of action plan clarity and “definition of acts and non-acts” is, in my experience, one HUGE factor or variable that separates diet plans that work from those that fail.
What foods are “in the plan”? What foods are out? When will I eat? Where? What exactly will I eat, at what time on what day?
Planned ahead, not “in the moment” or “spontaneous”. Not loosely defined. Not “approximated” or loosely measured.
What to throw out? What to not keep in the house? How to deal with the inevitable cravings or “food opportunities” (like the drive home)?
You are the expert on your life. Plan, in detail, and act accordingly. Fuzziness kills. It’s the truth. And it’s likely one of the first frontal attacks your mind or brain or inner voice will wage on your efforts.
“That’s too much!” “What are you, a robot?” “You’re too much of a control freak!” “I don’t need all this!” “I can do this without that . . !”
You will know that you are on the right track when your own mind starts attempting to run interference.