Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Stop dieting.. start eating!

Fad diets you see everywhere you look. Juice cleanses, detox diets, pills, wraps, programs claiming 10 pounds in 10 days... you name it, it's out there. It's confusing, frustrating, and upsetting. Why are we constantly looking for a quick fix? Why can't we choose to improve the health and quality of our lives through learning HOW to make the changes for long term success?
Slow weight loss, although many don't want to wait, is ideal for long term success. I understand that spending the next year to lose weight slowly seems like FOREVER but hear me out. If you are thinking of embarking on a quick fix, there are some downsides to this method. Yes, can you lose a substantial amount of weight in a shortened period of time? Of course. Is it healthy? Probably, not. You see fad diets and quick fixes are just that, quick and temporary. Who wants to do a 30 day program and then have all the hard work undone in the next 30 days because the program you did is not sustainable long term? I see this happen all the time.
Convincing people to take time, like a year, to diet seems like a daunting task. It's not always comfortable but to be honest, it's necessary for long term success. If your body has been deprived of foods, nutrients, and structure for a long period of time, that needs to be fixed FIRST before you can diet. Hard concept to understand when you want to diet now and lose weight. Think of it like this: Your metabolism learns to adapt to what you do to it. Deprive it of food and the new "normal" is very low calories. In order to diet, we need something to pull it from. Without having the fuel to take to create a deficit the only other option is exercise. And the amount that you will need to do to create this cut in calories is going to be a miserable and non sustainable amount.
So how can you fix this? Don't try to "diet" your whole life. Really sit down and ask yourself what it is that you want to accomplish. If you are really serious about making a lifestyle change that will last long term, what does it matter to take a full year to do it the right way? What if, instead, you really buckled down these next 6-12+ months and focused on educating yourself or hiring a coach to help you build habits that will transfer to long term success?
Now imagine yourself one year from now. You have all of this knowledge and a toolbox full of habits & strategies to help you maintain a healthy body for the next 20,30,40,50+ years of your life. When you think about it that way, 6-12 months doesn’t seem so long, does it? This is the time for you to embrace learning. Don't be ignorant and just want a fad diet or quick fix because when it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. If you need guidance with your training or want to learn more about how to properly fuel your training, contact me today. I have coaching spots available for you to gain massive amounts of information!

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