There is no magic diet pill (sorry)

‘Oh wow, you are looking amazing, what diet is it you are on?’

‘just healthy eating’

‘oh L ‘ – confused and disappointed.

This is a conversation that many of my clients and I have had with people.

Why is it that people are disappointed to hear that there is no quick fix or magic pill to get them results that they want?

I know so many people that have followed every diet they can find on the internet and are BIGGER than they were before they started on their quest to lose weight.

How many fad diets need to be tried and failed before you believe that eating healthy meals and snacks is the answer?

Why is it that thinking ‘drop a dress size in a day’ is possible and sustainable when it took much longer than that to go up a dress size?

For years meal replacement shakes have been around. Of course you are going to lose weight when you go on them. You replace 2 meals a day with a 200 calorie drink…

It’s simple maths, eat less calories than you expend and you will lose weight… But the reduction in calories needs to be sustainable so you don’t get those hellish cravings and eat a months’ worth of food in an hour.

When you go on these crazy diets, what happens as soon as you start eating again? You gain weight faster than it came off and then add on a bit more.

Sound familiar?

Why does that happen?

Geek time – when you reduce the calories you eat, your body slows down all your systems so it doesn’t need as much energy to run (it’s really smart like that). Then when you increase your calories back to how you were eating before all your systems are still slow, not using energy so you get fat.

The only way to get round that would be to increase your activity so the pluses and minuses even out.

So, rather than losing 2 meals a day to crappy shakes, why not move more and eat better?

Yes the weight loss might be slower, but you won’t feel hungry, you won’t have to cut out food groups, you won’t have to drink nasty shakes.

We need to keep the focus away from weight loss and being what the media portray as the ideal shape or size.

We are all different.

We all look different.

We are all built different.

One size doesn’t fit all.

Eat for health. Eat what makes you feel good (and by that I mean energised, well, refreshed. Not high for 5 minutes followed by a sleepy slump).

It’s a new week. Get yourself organised. Stick to your plan as much as possible. If you fall don’t give up, restart at the next meal and forgive yourself.

Have a good week

Jen x

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