Experiment of One

- POSTED ON: Aug 30, 2011

Each of us is an Experiment of One, and
what works for one doesn’t always work for another.


 People have different genetics, body composition,
lifestyle, and eating preferences.

 

Also, the BMR or RMR and Activity Factor percentage numbers re individual calorie burn contained in the “experts” charts are formulas that are based on averages, and are very incorrect for many people.

  Even that generally recommended Low of 1200 calories a day can be more calories than the body of a small, older woman is able to use, and will cause a weight gain for some. My past 7 years of detailed daily food-intake records prove that this is the case for my own mid-60s, 5’0”, 115 lb body.

Approaching weight loss with a "one size fits all" eating routine results in frustration and loss of motivation  when our results don't match those of another.

 The best diet plan will allow us to learn new eating habits and re-shape our lifestyles in a way that will allow us to achieve and maintain our desired weight.

It helps to figure out our desired eating pattern. Some people find it difficult to eat a large breakfast and make that a smaller meal, or skip it entirely. Some skip dinner. Some do well eating three meals, avoiding all snacks, and others find eating small meals and snacks works better for them.  Some people eat only once a day within specific time limits.  Some people vary their eating schedules to include frequent fasts.

Different eating schedules can be an effective tool in weight management, but it is important for each of us to know our own preferences, and figure out what eating plan will work best for us, individually. After a desired eating schedule is determined, we divide our food-intake and calories with that plan in mind.

 Be realistic.
We need to know our diet weaknesses so we can incorporate them into our plans.

Set reasonable goals.
The only program that is guaranteed to help us reach our weight goals is the one we will do consistently. 
There is no magic eating plan, program, or product that is guaranteed to help us lose weight and keep it off. 

 
Trying to follow a plan or program that has worked for someone else through a one-size-fits-all approach is a path doomed to fail  if it isn't something that fits into our own personal lifestyles and preferences.

Instead of giving in to the marketing campaigns or the success stories of others, and following a plan that doesn't fit one’s preferences and lifestyle, it is helpful to take a little time to make a plan that does.

 I find that when I build my own individual program and put my likes and preferences at the center,  I am more likely to own that plan and make it work to reach and maintain my goals.


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On Aug 31, 2011 TexArk wrote:
Ah, yes...the experiment that never ends. I think I have been overthinking the last month or so and getting more frustrated with my weight. My experiment and plan for September is to implement a maintenance plan and let go of weight loss for awhile. I have always hated gym memberships, but my life is a little different now so I am going to experiment this week with a free one week trial at a quiet "nonsocial" gym. Because I have not been able to get out and walk for over 9 months, I think this may be an important missing component. You are so correct that what has worked in the past may not be the fix we need in the present. Life has many seasons. The beginning of a new month...a good time for an experiment.


On Aug 31, 2011 Dr. Collins wrote:
             TexArk, it sounds to me like you are in the right place and have a good plan. Let me know how it goes.

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