What’s up guys, time for a little serious talk.
Grab a cuppa, sit back and have a read about a topic I feel very strongly about. Don’t be afraid to share your thoughts with me and get involved in this discussion!
Let’s start with the word ‘diet’ what does it mean to you?
Correct me if I’m wrong but shouldn’t your ‘diet’ be purely your lifestyle, the way you live day to day?
Have you ever searched the different types of diets out there?
to name a few…
it’s no wonder we’re all so confused we’re inundated with so much information!
How many of you have crash dieted for an event or a holiday then wondered why you piled the weight back on straight after, did you ever stop to think of the long term effects this has on your body?
Don’t get me wrong, i’m not bad-mouthing any particular diet, i’m talking about diet’s as a whole, about cutting and restricting something from your life in order to follow a particular fad. I’m talking about going to an extreme length, going through crazy measures desperately searching for a quick fix for what really is and should be a lifestyle change.
Let’s talk about extreme low calorie diet’s
A common misconception is that the easiest way to shed a few pounds is simply being very low calorie- to an extent where your body is practically in starvation mode. I’m talking silly low calorie here, calories that no one should ever be on.
Whats really going to happen?
Well firstly, it isn’t sustainable, you will ‘come off’ the diet sooner than you think. You’ll most likely binge and restrict once more as your body is begging to be fed.
Secondly, as soon as you do start eating again, not only will you gain the weight back, you’ll gain more than you lost previously- this has been shown in study after study with restrictive low calorie dieting.
But why does this happen?
In order to keep you alive, your body has essentially gone into starvation mode; it’s slowed down your metabolism so much in a desperate attempt to keep you alive.
This is known as metabolic adaptation and happens every time you diet.
It starts to cling on to every bit of fat you have for energy, every calorie you consume..
It starts to break down your muscle because muscle has a high energy expenditure from a metabolic point of view, it breaks down bone to release calcium, to keep your heart beating. Your body is so starved of nutrients it breaks down and releases it’s own stores in order to keep you alive. You experience electrolyte imbalance, fatigue, increase your risk of osteoporosis..
Am I painting a picture here?
More is NOT better, especially when it comes to weight loss, and if weight loss IS your goal then slow and steady is sustainable and healthy
And just a side note; happiness is NOT measurable by a number on the scale
This yoyo dieting results in a damaged metabolism and hormonal changes which studies have shown never truly return to normal post-dieting
So if you’re reading this and thinking, you know what, enough is enough, i’m tired of being on a diet, i’m tired of cutting out gluten or dairy or carbs – I just want to be happy and healthy.
The truth is, we should make smaller behavioural changes towards a balanced, healthy, happy lifestyle which is sustainable and becomes second nature- it becomes the way you live day to day without even thinking about it.
You need to change your mindset from ‘fad dieting’ to fixing your relationship with food; eating for health, eating for performance, nourishing your body AND mind with foods that not only make you feel good but that you enjoy
Do you respect your body enough to nourish it? Just ask yourself that.
Surely eating well if a form of self respect no?
What you should realise is that you don’t NEED to be on any particular diet; just LIVE, enjoy life, everything in moderation.
”There is no one size fits all” I’m sure you’ve heard that before
Whatever approach you take, if you cant see yourself doing it 10 years from now then you need to question whether it really is for you.
If you want to be vegan, great, do that. If you want to practise flexible dieting, then great do that. If you don’t want to follow anything- then don’t either!
Most importantly, do what makes YOU happy; you are unique and there is only one of you.
Focus on that, focus on YOU!
There is so much more to life than diet’s and aesthetics, I really cannot stress that enough.
It’s time we all started focusing on our own health and happiness and stopped worrying about the choices of others around us.
What are your thoughts? I’d love to hear your side of the discussion
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Lots of Love,