So many times people say that they are going on a diet, that they need to start a diet, or that they are currently on a diet. This is not a way to live, or a way to see consistent results that last for any period of time. Unfortunately people go on diets for certain lengths of time to lose weight for a specific reason. Whether it is for a wedding, beach season, or just for their overall health they drastically change the way they eat. Some are successful while others struggle to see the results they are looking for. The problem with this picture is once they reach their “goal weight” and stop their diet, they gain all or most of the weight back and end up back where they started. It does not matter which diet you chose because every diet has this flaw. A perfect example of this is the show, “The Biggest Loser.” People go on this show to lose all of this weight but when the show is over, they put some/most of the weight back on. This is partly due to the fact that when they are on the ranch they are in a controlled environment in which they are able to exercise 6-8 hours a day. The emphasis the show has on the final “weigh in” gives the contestants a time frame that they need to continue their radical schedule. The only way for a diet to be successful is for it to ultimately be a lifestyle change. If your diet (way of eating) is not done in a manner that you will be able to carry out for the rest of your life, you are doing yourself a disservice. The modifications you make to the food you eat have to be ones that you can live with and not struggle. The more you struggle on your diet, the shorter you will be on it and the harder you will crash once you are done. If you think about it the no carbohydrate diet sounds great and sounds like you will lose a bunch of weight. But are you going to be able to never eat carbs again? It is just not realistic or capable of lasting in the long run. A healthy weight-loss consists of losing 1-2 pounds a week. This amount of weight loss can be sustained and should not come back on. That should be your indicator to whether or not your “diet” is realistic or not. If you are dropping 20 pounds a month, that way of eating can’t be kept up. Your diet should only describe what you eat every day, not be something that you go on and off. Obviously an exercise routine should be a part of your lifestyle, and studies show that if you add exercise in with the proper nutrition you will be able to sustain your weight loss longer. In the end your “diet” should not be a drastic change of the way you eat for a short period of time. It should be a lifestyle change that includes eating habits that you are able to live with. This will ensure you have the best results for the longest period of time. If you have any questions, thoughts, or comments on the information above please feel free to leave them below.