Demystifying Diets

imgres.jpgWe all do it. The holidays happen and before you know it you’ve creeped up a few pounds or your favourite pair of jeans doesn’t quite fit the way they used to. Perhaps you have to lie down to button them up and before you know it you’re Googling “waist training” only to find out that it has nothing to do with strengthening your abs. You come across the low carb and 5-2 diets only to get caught in the cross-hairs of high carb, low protein lifestyle.  First you need to stop eating carbs and then you are told to stop eating meat. It seems like you cannot eat anything. We are surrounded by an abundance of food only to feel guilty and shamed for eating it. How did we get here?

I won’t bore you with a summary of all the various diets you can go on, as well as the pros and cons because I’m just not going to go there. Why?  Because the second you start a “diet” are you already stuck in a mindset where an unhealthy relationship with food is starting to develop. Eat carbs, eat meat, don’t eat meat. Do it because that is what you want to do but not to lose weight. The second you do it to lose weight it becomes about the weight and not about your health.

They say if you have health you have everything. Why compromise it to fit in a pair of jeans? The minute you go on a diet your “change” in lifestyle becomes something that is temporary to get the fastest results in the shortest amount of time. You have to keep on doing the diet to maintain those results. Otherwise the weight creeps back, and then some.

The lasting change you seek in order to accomplish your fitness and weight loss goals has to be something that you can continue to do for the rest of your life – not just 6 weeks. Can you stop eating your favourite foods for life? Why would you want to do that? Shouldn’t we be able to enjoy what we eat?  I think we should, especially since so many people cannot. We just need to eat healthier and learn to enjoy those foods too.

You don’t have to achieve your goals without structure. Working with a health coach will give you the tools you need to develop your own structure without the diet and maintain that for years to come. Think of us as your personal trainers for the pantry.  Everyone needs one from time to time. I had one too and she inspired me to carry on coaching myself. I have helped a lot of people achieve their fitness and weight loss goals and I can help you too. Schedule a free consultation with me HERE.

Happy New Year to you all.