Sustainable Fat Loss Is Like Saving Money

06 October 2020 Nutrition

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We tend to overcomplicate nutrition. Most of us do, and with good reason. ⁣

There is conflicting information all around us. But in essence it is quite simple. Simple yes, but not necessarily easy. ⁣

Analogies help in simplifying things I find. Anytime there is an abstract subject, I always ask for an example and that helps clarify and simplify the subject. ⁣

Let me venture to do the same when it comes to fat loss and nutrition, assuming most of us are familiar with saving money. ⁣

You want to save money to buy a car in 6 months. So you change certain habits like perhaps reducing money spent on eating out, cutting down on frivolous purchases and some essential purchases as well because you’ve set yourself a target of 6 months. ⁣

You save up enough money to buy the car.⁣

You buy the car. ⁣

Now you don’t have a particular reason to save money so you go back to spending money the way you used to. ⁣

You want to save money for the future. ⁣

You cut down on frivolous spending and other areas that you can and you start putting money into various long term saving schemes. ⁣

You put aside a small amount of money every month to put into these schemes. ⁣

Since you’re looking at putting aside a small sum every month, you only cut down on non-essential spending not the essential spending. ⁣

Further you’re saving for the long term hence the changes that you’re making are changes you can sustain over the long term. ⁣

When you equate scenario 1 and scenario 2 to nutrition and fat loss, scenario 1 is following a fad diet that requires you to make drastic changes that you cannot sustain. Once you reach your target you will eventually bounce back to your old ways because of this. ⁣

Scenario 2 is making small, sustainable changes that you can keep going for the long term. You make small, continuous progress and you keep it up for your lifetime. ⁣

Which would you rather do? Both when it comes to saving money and for fat loss? Scenario 1 or scenario 2?⁣