Which Diet is best for you? – Weight loss clubs, coaches and paying for meal plans
Less is More
Originally I compiled all the information, on the world’s most popular diets, in my DIET HARD series but on review, the post lacked some punch.
So I’ve broken them up into their own bite size sections, hopefully giving you the chance to focus on the specific ones that interest you the most.
Remember, this information is here to give you an understanding of how these plans work and the type of people most likely to use them. Unlike many other sites, they also give you some of the stumbling blocks associated that cause people to either quit, or relapse weight wise.
The goal is to pick a diet that fits you. One you are most likely to stick to based on your habits, ethics and lifestyle. otherwise there is no point,
So be honest with yourselves to see whether you can juggle the pros and cons of each before making your decision.
The ‘Shut up and Just tell me what to eat’ Strategy
This method is where some or your whole diet approach, is structured and programmed by an 3rd party, typically a external coach/nutritionist/weight loss club/website.
So they provide a service that you pay for and in return you don’t have to worry about anything, they simply tell you what to do and as long as you follow it, you should get the results you want. All responsibility is taken off your shoulders, all you have to do is avoid temptation and just like that, you’ll find that the weight comes off magically
Some of these places will just give you recipes, others will actually send food to you so you don’t have to even think about it. Others will give you a list of foods you can buy from your favourite supermarket and leave you to cook it yourself. Some will give you a point system allocated to certain meals and tell you to stay within a daily point count.
It depends on the lifestyle you lead and the amount you want to pay for the service you get (These can be pretty fucking expensive and ‘generic’ depending on where you get yours from).
Some people like the idea of being regimented and controlled if it is for a short period of time. It fits into that boot camp mentality where you don’t have to think too much and meal plans are made and developed for you.
Here, the ends justify the means and this is for people who just care about the end results rather than the journey. It’s also great if you don’t have that much weight to lose and time isn’t on your side.
Also money is a big motivator for people and some may feel more committed to see it through if hey have paid for the full service upfront.
You also have someone you’ve paid to kick you up the ass if you are feeling like straying. They should in theory be available at all hours of the night to stop you eating that glorious slice of cheesecake when you want it the most.
On the flipside, you also have an easy scapegoat to blame if you aren’t seeing the results you want, so you end up dodging the blame bullet (even if it is your fault), even if you still pick up the tab.
The problem is, you find the qualitiy of service varies from coach to coach, with some plans just dumping you straight on life support calories and tasteless meals until you get to where you need to be. This could be a major shock to the body, especially one that’s used to consuming double those amounts and it may force you to start secretly binging and forming a bad relationship with food and the scales..
Some of these plans also don’t have any leeway built and can have you eating literally the same meal, everyday for 20 weeks straight with no change. Alright for some, not for others.
Unfortunately, you may find during the process, you haven’t learned anything or empowered yourself to perhaps help others. So ultimately when the plan finishes, the weight is likely to come back on again. You then find you are in an eternal deal with the fitness guru to forever keep you right throughout the year.