Do you feel like you’ve been on a diet your whole life?
Even the word diet just makes your toes curl. You have probably tried every fad diet thats been around. Atkins, weight watchers, slimming world, juicing, C9… the list could go on.
So, which one actually worked for you?
I’m guessing none, am I right?.. You probably lost a good couple of lbs on one of them but did you really keep it off? or has it slowly found its way back on and your back to square one. Don’t get sucked in by the latest diet fads and stick to a balanced healthy eating plan for life, which doesn’t cut out entire food groups or feel restricted.
Yo-yoing from one fad weight loss plan to the next can be especially detrimental when it comes to long term weight loss. Dieting like this can disrupt hunger related hormones and cause them to remain at altered levels. The result can be feeling hungry all the time – which is nearly a guarantee that if you manage to lose weight, you won’t be able to keep it off.
So what does the word “diet” mean to you?
To a lot of people the word diet means giving up all glorious foods. Restrictions. No treats. Eating boring plain food. Chicken and broccoli. No carbs. No sugars. Calorie counting. Weight obsession. No social life… the list could go on. It seems that the word diet gets a lot of negative stigma.
What it actually means
The term “diet” refers to anything and everything you consume, regardless of your calorie focus or weight goals. Some people think it means restricted eating for weight loss, which it can, but that’s not the primary meaning. Your diet is the sum total of everything you eat and drink. Being smart about your diet is the same thing as caring about healthy eating.
A healthy diet is all about lifestyle
It means you’re making sensible choices about what you put into your body: the types of food, the amount of food, etc. And let’s be honest: There are a lot of health risks associated with obesity (and with being underweight, for that matter). So being mindful of how your eating habits affect your weight is a good thing. But it certainly doesn’t mean you need to be restrictive or obsessive.
Paying attention to what you eat doesn’t need to be intense or scary
It is possible to eat well and enjoy your food at the same time; to be conscious of your diet without counting every calorie. My sole aim is to find a better-for-you ways to enjoy the foods you crave without sacrificing portion size or the treats for that matter.
A lot of people want guidance when it comes to achieving or maintaining a healthy body weight. Investing into a personalised nutrition plan provides that guidance to keep you on track without the struggle. If you want to incorporate a healthy sustainable eating plan into your daily lifestyle then be sure to contact me to get started.
– Aaron McC
Evolve Health & Performance