So it’s been said that the definition of insanity is to keep trying the same thing but expecting different results. There’s definitely some truth to that statement, but when it comes to losing weight, there’s a lot of room to wiggle. My own history of dieting proves that.
The word diet may have turned some of you off. I get that. But the truth is, we can’t just continue to eat the way we always have and lose weight. That’s insane too. I know because I’ve tried it. I would make up little ways to tweak my eating habits in hopes of losing weight. For example, I’d plan on not eating anything after dinner, then forget all about that commitment by 7 pm. No wonder I wasn’t losing.
So the truth is, we do need to make some kinds of changes in order to lose weight. But is there something wrong with continually trying the same thing, such as Weight Watchers, even when we’ve failed before?
No, to a point. Failures can be a vital part of our success story.
I’ve joined and quit WW so many times I’m embarrassed to think about it. But at least I tried. And it’s in trying, and failing, that I came to realize that maybe that’s not the right plan for me after all.
Let me also say that, within reason, all plans work. WW, Keto, Noom, Paleo, Nutritarian, Jenny Craig, Intermittent Fasting, the Mediterranean Diet. I’m not a huge fan of a few of these for personal reasons, but I think they all work. But do they work for you personally? And that is the biggest question everyone needs to ask themselves when starting out on a new weight loss program.
So as you think about losing weight, for the first time or once again, consider yourself honestly and think about what will work for you. Analyze what has worked in the past, or your natural tendencies, and choose a plan that you feel is a good fit for you.
And if it doesn’t work this time that’s okay. Consider why it didn’t work and try again. And again. Switch plans if you need to. And try. Again and again. Because if we are at least trying we’re making some progress. Even if that progress is only that we found out what doesn’t work. If we give up, we’re stuck forever.
So don’t feel bad for continually trying to lose weight. You’re doing a great job and you’re on the right track.