Weight Watchers, Keto, Paleo, Oh my!

dietOne question I get asked on a frequent basis is: “what diet are you following?” That’s not such a cut and dried question. The thing is, my husband and I aren’t following one particular “diet”. There are certainly a lot of diets out there to try, and I’ve tried a fair few. I know people who have done really well on the Keto diet, and on the Paleo diet. I’ve also known people who do great with Atkins, or Lean Cuisine, or even Weight Watchers.

The problem I’ve had with all of these diets is their restriction. “Carbs are bad!” “No, it’s

“Carbs are bad!” “No, it’s

“No, it’s fat that’s bad!”

“Fast Food? That makes you fat!”

“Count these points and you’ll do just fine!”

They all tell you to do something different, count something different, restrict something different. And let’s not forget to mention that they all insist that you do your own cooking, avoid fast food, and sometimes even restrict you to just their brand of food. And, while most of them work great for a while, you eventually get sick of eating all the same things over and over again and you go off the diet. Then what happens? You gain it all back and then some!

When we decided to start limiting our calories, we made one promise. We were not going to cut out any of the things we love. We might change how often we eat them, or how much of them we eat, but nothing was off limits.

Now, we also limit carbs and sugar, but that still doesn’t mean that we can’t have the things we love. I’ll admit it, I don’t much like cooking. It’s time consuming, messy, hot work that I’d rather pay someone else to do. I do try to cook at least two to three times a week, but often, it’s not even that much. I’m talking dinner here. I have a shake and fruit for breakfast and bring a microwave or refrigerated meal for lunch. But most nights…fast food is where it’s at. And guess what? That’s OKAY!

We track our food, make sure our carbs are in the right range, and we go grab BK or Taco Bell. Could everyone eat fast food almost every night and still lose weight? Probably not. But it is what works for us. We’ve made adjustments to the things we get, we opt for smaller portions, we lose the buns and bread, and we enjoy.

I am a picky eater. I eat what tastes good. I just have to make sure that what tastes good also fits within parameters that we’ve set for ourselves. And then one day a week, we throw out the measures and have a bit of whatever we’ve denied ourselves through the week. Not everyone can do that. Someone mentioned to me that if they took a cheat day, it would become another, and then another until they were all cheat days. And that’s okay! To be honest, the longer we do this, the more our cheat days are starting to look like every other day.

We throw some keto recipes into our meals, we also try some paleo. We have gluten free in there too, along with low calorie, and just everyday recipes that don’t fit any of those labels. The fact is, we aren’t following A diet because to us, this isn’t a diet. We have no intention to go back to the way we used to eat, this is our new normal. It just happens to be what works for us, and what we’ve found we can stick to.

So when someone asks what kind of diet we’re on, I just say: The one that works for us.

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