Why I don’t diet…
I live in a world of health and fitness where people around me are constantly on ‘diets’ whether it is people who are trying to lose weight because they are or feel they are overweight or they are preparing for a competition and want to look as lean as possible…
I 100% understand both of these reasons, however to ‘go on a diet’ is a temporary thing, there is an end goal and more often than not the ‘diet’ is not sustainable for long periods of time, there are restrictions, allowed food, not allowed food, cravings, stress, feelings of depravation.
None of these are good for your soul.
We are not meant to be one size; there really isn’t a goal or ideal weight for us as humans. We are all different, holding fat in different places, being different heights and even our skeletal structure is different. Some people have long legs and short bodies, some are the other way around, and some are half and half. Some people have wide hips, or wide shoulders or narrow hips or shoulders. Some people have a nipped in waist, some have straight up and down.
It doesn’t matter who you are or what you look like, you will always look at someone else and wish you were more like them.
My friend Kirsty is about 5” and my other friend Sarah is about 6” they both wish that they were more like each other… Kirsty see’s Sarah as being tall and athletic where Sarah see’s Kirsty as being petite and lean…
When you are eating, eat what makes you feel good from both a physical health perspective and a mental health perspective.
We all know that we should be eating lots of veggies, some fruit, good fats, lean protein and we know when we eat certain foods how it makes us feel. If you eat and feel sleepy and lifeless after your meal, maybe something there isn’t agreeing with you.
After a meal you should feel full, satiated, satisfied and have energy.
What works for one person isn’t necessarily going to work for the next person.
There are foods that are deemed ‘healthy’ that I just can’t eat; bananas make me feel thick round the middle, cous cous makes my belly swell, eggs make me feel sick, raw peppers make my tummy swell but are fine cooked…
To find out what works for you it’s up to you to trial and error. The best way to try with a clean slate is to do a 4 week elimination diet where you remove all potential aggravators for 4 weeks then add back in 1 at time a few days spaced apart to see how you feel.
I know for a lot of people they think that is too much effort which is fine, but if you are trying to lose weight and it’s not working and you would rather live a life where you ate for your health and happiness rather than restricted it is definitely worthwhile taking the time to do.
When you have that and your focus is health and happiness then your body shape will naturally fall in to the place that it is meant to be.
I generally don’t provide clients with a ‘diet’ when they train with me. We discuss what they do eat, what they like and discuss options that work for them in the long term to fit with their lifestyle. All of them are happy with the results that they achieve when they get organised and take on board their health over obsession.
Stay healthy, with love