I googled “diets” the other day and the first page I came across was a list of diets from Wikipedia. There in front of me was over 100 diets each name more obscure than the next!

It’s not a wonder that the consumer gets awfully confused about the best way to eat, jumping from one diet to the next, hoping that the next one on the list is the magic pill they’ve been looking for.

Don’t get me wrong, some of these diets have achieved amazing results for people, but the vast majority of us can only adhere to such strict regimes for a few short months at a time.

I believe that when we approach weight loss with such a sacrificial approach we set ourselves up for failure. When we deprive ourselves it only makes us want that particular food even more. While our motivation can take us so far we can’t expect to be perfect for the rest of our lives.

That is why I believe the weight loss industry should FESS up!

By this I mean that it is not just about food but it is about finding balance in our lives between our Food, Exercise, Stress & Sleep. These four pillars of health all impact on our hormonal regulation of our weight and ultimately determine our success in weight loss.

It is important that we don’t treat any of these areas, in particular our food, as a quick fix that we only plan on changing for a short period of our lives. We should endeavour to continually improve on these pillars of health and never take on anything that we can’t see us wanting to continue for the rest of our lives.

In saying that there is great scientific evidence that points us towards the best types of food to make weight loss just that little bit easier.

It is not just about restricting our calories or burning more energy, there is much more at play.

In the next part to this blog I want to share with you what the science currently tells us about the most successful diets. This research can point us in the right direction when it comes to making longterm dietary changes and goes a long way to address one of the four pillars of better health.