It’s here, y’all! The onslaught of diets and plans and programs that promise to undo all the damage we did in 2017 and make 2018 the year we finally get skinny! The list is long....
Have you tried any (or all) of them? Did they work? Did they work for a minute, and then when you got “off,” did you gain the weight back? Are any of these actually efective? Which one is best? Which one (and there are MANY others), should YOU try??
Are you ready for this answer? They all work....until they don’t. What I mean is that most of these programs or “diets” have a few things in common: They cause us to rethink our eating habits, and encourage us to eat clean, whole foods, and lots of veggies, while practicing portion control. All good, right?? (Right!) They each claim to be the very best, but here’s the rub: They are often quite stringent and demanding, allowing very little breathing room for real life. So, we choose one, and go “on” the diet. Often, the diet looks nothing like our usual eating habits, so we white knuckle it through 30-ish days, weighing and measuring, and calculating (and avoiding social situations where tacos and margaritas might be served) until we are certain we have purged out any remaining desire for “bad foods.” We then vow to continue this plan for life....that is; until we cave and eat a piece of cheese cake. Then, thinking we’ve “blown it,” (and are reminded of how good sugar tastes!) we go for the pizza and the fries and the sleeve of oreos......you get the picture.
Game over. Diet: 1. Us: 0.
Why does this happen so often? Something else these diets have in common is either eliminating or greatly restricting carbohydrates. But wait! Carbohydrates are not all bad; we need them for energy, especially if we are working out and leading an active lifestyle. It’s unreasonable to think that a piece of multi-seed or sprouted bread is the enemy, or will cause us to gain weight. If we take a milder approach, we might see that since carbohydrates are used as a fuel source, when we are more sedentary, or are having a less-active day, the cutting back on carbs is a good idea. The reason being: if we are not active, we don’t need the extra fuel...so in this scenario, our bodies would store the excess energy as fat. Eliminating carbohydrates all together, though, is still unnecessary, in my opinion. Quality complex carbohydrates like quinoa, beans, farro, sweet potatoes, sprouted bread, and lentils, all contain micronutrients and fiber that we need daily, we just have to practice portion control....and learn what types of carbohydrates are most beneficial.
We might see some good results from any program, but the fact remains that unless the plan becomes a lifestyle, the success won’t last and frustration will set in. There might also be a backlash that causes us to gain even more weight. My approach to weight loss and fitness is simple. I teach clients to trust their bodies and their intuition, while giving practical guidelines that fit into real life. I don’t strike entire food groups from a nutrition plan, and I don’t label foods as “good” or “bad.” (Unless we are talking about sodas, and sugar and candy....yeah, those are “bad.”) When we listen to our bodies, we hear the messages they send us regarding what foods agree with us and nourish us, and which ones might not. Some people have allergies or intolerances to foods that you or I can eat all the time.
We are each unique and our bodies thrive in diferent ways. We need a balance of greens (and all veggies), healthy fat, fiber, and protein in our meals in order to nourish and balance our bodies—because when we are balanced, our bodies function the way they were intended to—and then we are able to reap benefits like losing weight, becoming lean, having clear skin, more energy, and enjoying longevity with a lower risk of disease. Sound good?
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