If you are just now coming across this little blog, let me give you a 2 sentence back story. Throughout my early to mid 20s, I dieted and worked out excessively and was bigger than I am today. In, my late 20s and now early 30s, I don’t diet and actually workout less. Through trial and error along with plenty of research, case studies and observing clients who struggled with weight here are some factors why dieting and excessive workouts may have you packing on the pounds rather than dropping.
To a certain extent all diets work and then you go off them and well then you pack the pounds right back on. Most diets are usually never sustainable.
Whatever diet is trending at the moment, actually might NOT work at all for your body type. Sure to a certain extent diets do work, as cited just two lines above but there is really no size fits all diet except for a diet based off of self-control (more on that later). So basically, one diet that works for the person next to you might actually not only not work for you but set you back.
If you start out by saying. “No, I can’t eat that or right now I am avoiding those foods,” only to eat everything else in plain site and then eventually cave and eat what you were originally withholding…not only did you eat what you initially set out not to eat, you actually ate in excess in addition to that item you were avoiding.
I was just guilty of this. I used to order a boring, plain salad than eat off of everyone’s plates or mindlessly pick off of stuff. Talk about counterproductive and being super annoying to my friends!
But It’s Gluten Free
Sorry peeps, the only difference between gluten-free chips and pizza is just gluten. So with that said, unless you have an actual intolerance all you are really doing is scaling back on the bloating but not really cutting back on the calories.
Going Hard At The Gym Everyday
Are you a professional athlete? If the answer is no, without adequate supervision you may be doing the following: overtraining, spiking cortisol levels, putting on more mass than desired, destroying your adrenals, and not allowing yourself the proper recovery time to heal.
Now I am not saying don’t go hard because I love my high intensity training days, but what I am saying is not every day has to be an all sprint. Some days do yoga, low-impact workouts, go for a long walk, or easy bike ride.
The main thing really is making sure you are getting in adequate movement throughout the day. Go for a walk in the morning, lunch and evening. Stand up and walk around every two hours. Play with your kids, go for hikes, find activities that allow you to move more and sit less.
Big Weekends & Booze
It really pains me to write this but gone are the days of a glass of wine here and there throughout the week. I must and have to keep it the weekends or my jeans will retaliate with a vengeance. Now during the week I enjoy lots and lots of soda water lol.
Weekends are for fun and fun food! I do allow myself to eat more carbs, cheese and a sweet here and there but with the exception of Holidays, celebrations or birthdays, you can’t turn the weekend into stuffing your mouth with everything in sight.
But Calories Don’t Count – It Is Healthy
Lord I wish calories didn’t count. Now I am not saying 1,200 calories is the way to go. Not all calories are created equal and that is the truth. 100 calories of doritos is not the same as a 100 calories of sweet potatoes. But anything in excess is not good for you! By all means, portion out your nuts and almond butter servings or it will be like having a milkshake every day.
Fruit & Smoothies
If you are struggling to lose weight and your fruit and smoothie in take is at a high, please reevaluate the sugar content. While, I do love berries and apples, I do avoid really high sugar fruits like bananas unless I am training or plan on treating myself. Be careful also with smoothies and Acai bowls they may be packing nutrients but they also can be loaded with excessive sugar, calories and carbs.
Moderation vs Self Discipline
Oh boy it sucks but “everything in moderation” really does mean “everything in moderation.” Self-control and discipline is required. I have read and seen countless articles on how “once you start eating healthy you won’t want” junk. Oh these articles make me laugh. Cheesecake regardless of my diet tastes delicious and so does a huge GMO packed Burger King Big Mac.
But here is the deal, I am 34. I have to say no with the exception of special occasions & cheat meals or I will not fit into my jeans.
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