Dieting is about food, but at the same time it really is not. The goal is health or beauty (or both), while the means is the diet. However, like any good story, the main character (you) needs to build up the skills to use the diet to reach the goal. In other words, calorie-counting is not the only requirement of basic dieting. Even more important are the mindset and will to begin, continue and finish an effective diet.

What Does An Effective Diet Have?

An Eat-and-Burn Mindset

The problem with only cutting down on calories, is the response of the person’s metabolism. A person’s metabolism responds to the amount of calories that a person cuts down on. When you first reduce calories, the metabolism begins to work overtime to adjust to the lessened fuel. This results in lessened weight.

However, to maintain the weight loss, you should maintain calorie loss. When you stop at a certain calorie level, your metabolism will adjust and stop burning extra fats. This can be dangerous, especially for rapid-weight loss programs.

Instead, think eat-and-burn. Whatever is taken in must have a corresponding burn-program. If you eat a certain amount of calories, jog off a higher amount, even just a little bit higher. The slow, steady burn will guarantee weight loss. In business terms, operate at a loss and the compounding losses will lead to effective weight burn.

A Go-the-Distance Mindset

Diets rarely work with a short-term mindset. Usually, short-term diet fads come from strong emotions, related to image and beauty. (We use diet fads to refer to non-prescribed weight loss programs). The problem is, once the driving emotion is gone, the motive disappears. It then becomes all too easy to kick the diet.

Instead, use will instead of emotion as the driving force. Write up the diet on an annual calendar, marking target weights on target months, in loud and large letters. Research before you diet, or you will decide to begin the diet, research what you can and cannot eat, and fall off the wagon before you even start. Without this mindset, it makes it easy to postpone the diet, or suspend it temporarily–which might become permanently.

A Habit-Forming Mindset

The hardest part of starting a diet will always be the first few days, or weeks, or months. Your palate is adjusting, so your cravings shout in your ear. Your body is adjusting, so you feel constantly like you are not eating enough.

At the end of the day, diets succeed because they become habits. You get used to eating healthy, burning your calorie intake, sleeping well, cutting down on sugars. Even after weight loss surgery, such as gastric sleeve surgery (using the gastric sleeve diet), maintaining the loss is done

Beauty Comes With Health

Health equals beauty, scientifically as well as philosophically. Healthy eating reduces fat build up around the abdomen, hips, and thighs. It also decreases skin aging, therefore lowering the wrinkle count. At the same time, it gives a boost to the ego and the overall well-being of the person. Healthy eating decreases mood swings, depressive episodes, and that goes a long way into a person’s self-confidence and will to maintain their person.