One of my favorite emails I received lately gave me a written lashing at how the low carb diet I followed failed me.
I find that very interesting, and I guess that if I had been following a low carb diet consistently the last 8 to 10 months, as I had done the previous 3 1/2 years, I would agree. However, the simple fact is that the diet did not fail me; I failed the diet and even worse I failed myself. Yes, I know many of you don’t like when I say that I failed. However, I see nothing wrong with admitting failure. I am have no problem with critiquing myself, or others critiquing me for that matter. It comes down to honest self-assessment. If we cannot be honest with ourselves, how the hell can we ever be honest with others.
When I followed my low carb, as close to nature as possible diet, I had no problems with my weight management, my fitness levels or positive mental energy. And, yes I use the word diet. Can we get over the attitude that the word diet is self-defeating.
Diet is what we consume, period.
When my health was good for those three plus years —- I was not on a low carb diet; I ate a low carb diet. The sad truth is that when I gave in to my carb-addiction, and mentally caved in to the stressors of my life — I gained weight and got out of shape, resulting in a decline of my fitness and overall health.
So when people start to proclaim that low carb diets don’t work, they don’t have a complete understanding of the diet. The truth is most, of course not all who have failed, haven’t maintained a low carb diet — or worse, they go on and off the diet, because their attitude is that low carb is only useful for losing weight; when in fact it is optimal for maintaining not only
weight loss, but good health.
Of all the diet paradigms around, a pure low carb diet is the easiest to maintain. You can eat virtually anywhere; fast food burgers, yes I know they are not the optimal choice, can be consumed without the bun, most eateries have some type of salad available and last I checked, all have unsweetened iced tea.
What happened to me is that I was mentally weak. I allowed outside influences to undermined my desire, determination and discipline. I was no longer vigilant about good eating. I was no longer devoted to consistent physical exercise. And, I didn’t keep positive mental energy.
Simply put, the diet did not fail me — I failed the diet; as well as every part of my healthy lifestyle.
Because of me, not the diet, the bastard obesity once again gained the upper hand — but not for long!
Life is lived in color, but sometimes the answers remain black and white.
Aloha, Ciao and Stay Healthy,
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