Do Fewer Things.
- that doing fewer things is easier than doing more things; AND
- that the easier something is, the more likely we are to stick to it; AND
- that in order to achieve a sizable fitness goal, we’ll need to stick to a behavior for some time
And yet when it comes to achieving our weight loss goals, we want:
- to do ALL of the things; AND
- to do all of the things RIGHT Now.
(Well actually, we want to do them starting Monday).
The “Do One Thing” Diet
The best regimen is the one you stick to! So if you’ve failed over and over again before – it might be time to try something you haven’t tried before: doing one thing.
Forget draining yourself of willpower and giving up on your ambitious plans two weeks in.
On the “Do One Thing” Diet, here is your job:
- pick one thing; AND
- do it for two weeks
But what thing do I pick?
What you pick will depend on:
- your starting point;
- your current behaviors; AND
- what your goals are
Someone who has 100+ pounds to lose might choose:
- to add a 15 minute walk, twice a day; OR
- to cut out all beverages containing calories; OR
- to replace lunch with salad every day for two weeks
Someone trying to lose those last five pounds might commit to:
- a 45 minute workout, every day; OR
- two weeks without processed foods; OR
- replacing one meal with veggies every day
I don’t know what thing you should pick. But:
- make it something that is both doable and just outside of your reach;
- make it something that you don’t find unbearable; AND
- do it consistently for two weeks.
Once those two weeks are up – feel free to continue doing the thing or stop doing the thing. You might want to try a new thing! Or you might want to add a new thing to your old thing. The world is yours.
The key is this. The “do one thing rule” is all about slowly introducing and trying out new behaviors in a way that is manageable. It’s also about learning that fitness is a marathon, and not a sprint.
If you choose the right thing, and if you follow through – most modestly overweight people can easily lose 5 pounds in two weeks simply by doing one thing.
But even if you DON’T lose five pounds after two weeks of doing one thing – who cares? You’ve successfully introduced a new behavior into your life, and you’re better off than when you started. You didn’t give up, and you can use this small win to propel yourself further towards fitness.
After all – two weeks of doing one thing is far better than two weeks of doing nothing.