So you want to change and think maybe dieting is the way to get that change. You probably know why you want to change, whether it’s because you’re a dad and trying to be a wonderful coach or whether you’re a mom, running around and chasing and playing with your kids, but finding yourself short of breath.
Or maybe you remember yourself being able to wear certain kinds of clothing and feeling attractive. You know the why; now you need to know the how.
If you want to change your life, change your food. The problem is how you do that because there are plenty of people that will share their new diet and, “Blah, blah, blah, you do this and this is going to happen.” Year after year, there are plenty of new people that show up with, “Blah, blah, blah, if you do that then this is going to happen,” but it’s not happening.
Where are the problems? It’s really a two-problem kind of thing. The number one problem has to do with habits, just forming habits.
They’re not easy. They don’t happen overnight. It’s about finding what works, chipping away at success, not blaming yourself when you don’t get it done one day, but asking yourself how you can do better tomorrow. And then with repetition and time, a new habit is formed.
The second problem is a matching problem. There’s no one that fits all. You have to find what works for you, and that’s a process of self-experimentation. It’s a process that’s been tested over ages which is how Edison figured out how to make the light bulb work. It’s about trying lots of different things and finding the ones that work.
Keeping your head up the whole time and being aware of how your body feels and performs with certain foods and food volumes; how your body feels and performs with bigger food volumes and different kind of foods. You want to pick the foods that give you the most energy, mental clarity and helps you feel good. You do that by self-experimenting, finding what works, chipping away at success and with repetition and time; you’re going to create a new habit.
Habits are not easy to form. I recommend you go to Professor BJ Fogg’s TinyHabits.com and do his one-week course on how to develop habits because they occur in tiny steps. That’s what I talk about chipping away at success. He also talks about how to get a plant to grow; you need to plant the seed at the right time, in the right soil, in the right environment. This is true for your habits as well.
Everybody differs. Their taste, cultural, eating habits, food sensitivities, genetics are different and they have different lifestyles. Some are shift workers. Some are school teachers. Some are nurses or truck drivers. Your eating habits and day-to-day lifestyle vary, no one can give you their “Blah, blah, blah, do this and this is going to happen diet” for it to work. You have to learn to self-experiment.
When you’re trying to figure out how to become the you that you remember – that body, that shape, that person who’s able to wear certain clothes and is healthy and vibrant – when you’re trying to get to that, there are two problems you need to approach; one is the habit and one is the matching.