Right/Hard: self-designed regimens, exercise, clean-eatingNow for some transparency (I've disclosed all of this before):
Wrong/Easy: starvation, pills, meal replacement shakes, processed food diets, surgery
- I started my journey with the The Master Cleanse. 10 pounds lost. Sue me.
- Insert a bunch of non-remember-able diet pills ... 8 pounds. SMH
- I lost 5 pounds, following the SlimFast plan - replaced 2 meals with shakes, ate a Lean Cuisine frozen entrée for dinner.
- My next 40 came off by committing to the Fat Smash Diet® and its awesome 'real food' principles.
- Even as a Weight Watchers® dropout, I lost 20 pounds counting those beloved POINTS.
- Oh, and the latest? Clean-eating and working out. A method that I plan to continue on with.
I'm no martyr, but I'd much rather help someone leverage their understanding of getting to the reality of long-term weight loss and better health, than dogging them because they're doing something in my eyes as wrong or the "easy way out." Yeah, I lost some weight through many silly methods (some very cringe-worthy) - only to find out that not all were sustainable; meaning - my life would be hell if I had to do that for the rest of it.
I've grown and I'm proud of that. The testament of my journey's success may superficially be what's on the scale - to others. But to me, it's about my path to understanding. It's about learning. It's about my evolved lifestyle. Taking those bumps and bruises and then finally seeing "the fitness/nutrition light," has been highly beneficial to the choices I make today. I can only hope that my efforts at weight loss aren't devalued, because everything I did to achieve, wasn't "right." Yet
Now, if your objective is just weight loss - I mean, is there a "wrong" way? If your mission is prolonged wellness, energy and strength - with weight loss merely being the result of lifestyle changes ... then, that might be another discussion.
While I strive for it, my journey has never been and will never be ... perfect.
I love that about it, though.