No matter how much you look, you won’t find one. No one program works for everyone and you need to find what works for you on so many different levels.
*Sustainability: Can you do the program FOREVER? Whether it be the cost or style of plan, you need be be able to maintain it. If no, then it will not work long term and the cycle of feeling like a failure, shame and guilt will continue.
*Meeting your personal needs: If you struggle with emotional eating I am pretty confident that drinking shake every morning is not going to help you… neither will a specific diet plan. You have to work on the core triggers, create sustained habit changes, find and work on alternative options to cope with your struggles. You need to look beyond the food itself to see what is triggering your actions.
What is the best answer?
The first thing is to accept that there is no prefect program. There is no magic pill. In reality, there is no eating plan that will align with your life perfectly and forever – you will need to make adjustments from time to time. Yes, you read that right. No plan is going to work forever. Just because a program stops working for you, does not mean that you failed. You need to continue to make adjustments as you body adjusts. Any failure you feel may not be 100% because of you not working hard enough. It may be because you just haven’t found what works for you and helps you to focus on your weaknesses. Yes, focusing on weaknesses sucks, but it is important to look at so that you can learn and grow… and continue to move forward.
My best advice (other than working with a professional health coach) is to be ok with failing often. when this happens, take the time to learn from it. Look at finding balance, moderation and portion control. Think about what and how inspires you, create an environment for success both physically, socially and emotionally. Find your tribe. Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and try something different. Getting comfortable with being uncomfortable. Don’t ignore your triggers (stress, sadness,reward eating,etc…), try new things to combat those triggers. Stay positive and re-prioritize your life.
Whatever you do, don’t give up! You will find that balance that works for you. It doesn’t matter what it looks like to someone else. As long as it works for you, that is what matters! If you want to look into finding what will work for you but don’t know where to start, let me know! I’d love to sit down with your for an hour and explore your ideas, options and goals!
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