Diets vs. Behavior Modification

If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you know my feelings about diets. By themselves, diets don’t work. Only your willingness to change your eating habits, to modify your own behavior, will take that weight off. To some of us, that comes easily. To others, we have to have our back to the wall before we commit.

Just over a month ago, I picked up a new client. Carol, in her early 70’s, was referred to me by her nutritionist. A pre-diabetic and junk food junkie, Carol’s knees are shot, bone-on-bone. Her doctor gave her two choices: have both knees replaced or radically change her diet and lose a substantial amount of weight, something she’d never been able to do.

The menu I designed for her was specially tailored to her individual palate and dietary needs – next to no carbs, very high in fiber, zero added sugar.  Before I left, I removed from her freezer all the foods that didn’t support her new commitment to losing weight, much of which were the popular weight-loss, additive, sugar and salt-laden foods so heavily advertised.

Once or twice a week, we’d talk on the phone about her progress. She was pleasantly surprised at how much she likes my meals, as they were very different from her old foods. Tempted as she was by fast food joints, she kept at it, and hadn’t been through a single drive-thru since we met.

Friday, Carol had her weekly doctor’s appointment. At weigh-in, she learned she’d gone from 211 to 197 in under a month.

Carol’s a very happy client. She’s proven to herself that she can do this. All it took was will.

Kent McDonald is a Certified Personal Chef, living and working in Phoenix, AZ. (c) All Rights Reserved, 2013.

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