Diet and fitness ‘systems’: there’s apparently thousands of them out there from the well known (Weight Watchers and Atkins), to the fads (vegetable soup diet), to the utterly ridiculous (every diet pill ever).
The thing is, the same system doesn’t seem to work for everyone, with some getting awesome results while others gnash their teeth in frustration when the scale doesn’t budge even a pound. The problem isn’t even with the system itself, a lot of them are probably quite good, the problem is with the people doing them: everyone has a different personality that is better suited to a different plan.
For instance, I can’t seem to stick to any plan that involves me giving up a certain type of food (bread, carbs, meat, etc) because that requires too much effort what with meal planning, not cooking your usual recipes and having to really dissect the menu when you’re eating out. Or it could be because I’m secretly still 6 and just can’t stay away from something that I have been told I can’t have. Tell me I can’t do something and you better bet your tail feathers I’ll be doing that exact thing within the hour.
So yes, diet and fitness systems are great and amazing and seem to give some people awesome results, but only if you manage to stick to the letter and the law for as long as it takes. Half my problem is of course that I am too fickle with any system I try to follow. I tried doing the 30-day no-soda challenge and lasted all of 6 days.
Out of 30. To be clear, the challenge was only asking me to give up coke/pepsi/etc. for a month, nothing more. Apparently I’m more addicted to coca cola than I thought.
Ok, so maybe I need to aim lower, try something that doesn’t require commitment for a whole entire month. Fine.
I tried the 7 day vegetable soup diet. I can last 7 days right? A week isn’t that long, right?
I lasted 2 days.
How about the 3 day detox diet? 3 should be easy peasy, I won’t even notice 3 days going by!
I lasted 4 hours.
Anyone heard of any 3 hour diet plans I can try my hand at? I’m sure I’ll manage to stick to that. I’m sure I won’t be totally breaking my diet 9 minutes into the challenge… right?
Have you ever managed to stick to a diet or fitness challenge? Which one do you like best? Are you on a diet right now? Can I interest you in some ice cold Coke?