I’m so excited to share this post with you today because this is something I got hung up on for the longest time. You may or may not know this about me but I’ve tried just about every diet in the book. I also have a slight obsession with new diet books. Even still every once in a while when those days that I just don’t feel so great come up I start to look at a new diet with a bit more hope. Truth is in theory a diet seems appealing. You are given a certain set of guidelines proven to work and get you to X amount of weight in a certain time. But here’s the thing. These diets have not been tested personally for you. Every body is different and while some thrive on a high carb diet, others thrive on a low carb one and the only way to know that is to be in your body.
I’ve talked before about how much I hate the word “diet”. I’m just not a fan of diets in general and this is coming from the girl who has tried every diet in the book. But you may be wondering if diets are as bad as I say they are, then why do they work? Today I’m going to break that down for you and show you how you can apply the things that work about diets with your everyday meals. No fancy diet book or silly food rules needed.
- Diets give you structure. We tend to thrive with some sort of structure in our lives and how we eat is no exception. Diets give us this structure by telling us how to eat. Take a step back and think, how can you give yourself some structure in your diet? Maybe it’s creating your own set of “healthy eating guidelines”. Maybe it’s planning a couple dinner recipes ahead. It may even be as simple as making sure you make time for a breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Create structure and you will thrive.
- Diets cut out the processed stuff. While our knowledge of health and nutrition is becoming more advanced, it seems that diets are evolving to encourage consumption of healthier foods too. Think of Paleo, vegan diets, raw food diets, even weight watchers is jumping on the minimally processed train. These natural food diets work because our bodies know how to digest and metabolize these foods best, leading to optimal health with some weight loss along the way. The fewer the ingredients, the better. Bottom line: Eat real food.
- It’s hard to overeat on “diet” foods. Think about it, when was the last time you ate too much broccoli? Probably never. It’s very difficult to over consume these “diet foods”. Things like vegetables, fruits, and lean protein fill us up but don’t necessarily cause us to crave tons of them. The less likely we are to overeat, the more likely weight loss is going to happen. What does this mean for you? Balance your meals. Have your bread but eat some broccoli along with it. Have a piece of chocolate for dessert but if you’re genuinely hungry eat some lean protein and veggies along with it. It’s all about balance.
- They set you up on a path to succeed. Think about the Atkins diet, South Beach Diet, Dukan Diet, etc… All of these diets start with a high protein, low carb phase leading to a bunch of weight loss within the first couple weeks. Even something like a juice cleanse guarantees you will lose some weight fast. Why do these work? It’s actually all about the science of it. Carbohydrates are water loving so when we eat carbohydrates we store excess water in our bodies. Cut out the carbs and guess what? That water weight is lost. Fat and protein molecules do not retain water hence the water weight loss. So essentially they boost your confidence in the first few days or even weeks, setting you up for success. But what if you could do this for yourself without changing a thing? I bet you would go for it instead of giving up carbs for weeks! Set yourself on a path towards success. Make your life a bit more fun, eat without distractions, follow your hunger cues, eat your greens, and drink water. Tweet it! All these little steps will make you feel great so much so that even if you don’t loose the weight, your confidence and energy will outshine that and put you on the path to success.
So there you go! 4 action steps to get you started on your “non diet”
Not quite sure how to do all this on your own? Let’s chat!
So here’s your first action step: in the comments below tell me one healthy eating guideline you are going to commit to.