There are probably few women my age that have not tested a myriad of diets. We jump from one promise to the next–hoping somehow that the weight loss lasts, but the harsh restrictions are only temporary. We want to lose the weight–quickly, please; then resume the standard American diet that helped us to get into that situation in the first place.
It is that cycle of deprivation and binging that exhausted our adrenals, destroyed our thyroids, and now has made it almost impossible to lose any weight–regardless of what new forms of self-torture we can come up with.
So, what is the answer. Well, to be honest, it is just not simply finding the one diet that keeps its promise of life long weight loss. It is about trial and error, listening to your body, really watching for clues to how certain foods either heal or hurt your body. What might work for you, may not help your best friend, and vise-versa.
I do strongly believe in a short term elimination diet. One example is the Whole30 diet. It is the one that I tried–but I don’t think it is the only one that suggests (again temporarily) that you strictly limit the types of food that you eat–in this case for at least 30 days. Then–maybe even more importantly, you reintroduce foods to see how your body will handle them. Done correctly, it is a slow, thoughtful process. You avoid wheat (gluten) for 30 days, then you put it back into your diet for a few days. How do you feel? Do you notice any signs of your fatigue or brain fog resurfacing? And that is pretty much how it works. I am not going to outline the entire program here, because there is plenty of information in books, blogs and websites.
Instead, what I want to stress is listening to the results. You will find that there are some foods you have been eating that just don’t work for you. Leave them out of your diet, and you will return to health. Ignore your body and eat what you want and any positive results will not last.
How does one become an Outlier? Listen to your body, and feed it what it needs. When you get off track–get back on track. It is that simple. I am not perfect–and you bet there are times that I wallow back to my old ways of eating. I think that it will just be one thing, or one meal, or one day. And soon, it has been several days or a week or more. But then it starts to impact other areas of my life. I can’t sleep as well, my joints start to hurt, so my running gets harder, my stomach is upset. Then I realize I have to get back on my plan.