There’s something that I need to get off my chest…I absolutely, positively HATE the word diet.
I’m sure you’re wondering why I would use such a strong word to describe how I feel about something. You might even be rolling your eyes at me, so let me explain.
When you look up the word “diet” in the dictionary, you’ll likely see definitions similar to these:
The kinds of food that a person, animal, or community habitually eats;
A special course of food to which one restricts oneself, either to lose weight or for medical reasons.
You may have noticed I italicized the phrase “restricts oneself” in the second definition. When you restrict yourself from anything, take ice cream for example, there’s a good chance that you’re going to want to eat it that much more and when you do give into the temptation, because sooner or later it will happen, you’re feeding into the vicious cycle of depriving yourself followed by binge eating everything you see.
I say this because it’s happened to me. I’ve followed the super strict meal plans in the past and although I’ve seen desirable results with following them (at least during the first five to six weeks), I have never been able to maintain a strict meal plan long-term. I don’t know what it is, but after five to six weeks, like clockwork, all bets are off and I grab for all things sugary sweet, finding myself back at square one.
I want to let you in on a little secret that I tell all of my clients (and really anyone that will listen to me)...
You don’t have to follow a super strict meal plan to see results AND yes, you can still have that occasional bowl of ice cream!
How you ask? By eating for your goals, tracking your macro nutrients (it’s easier than it sounds!), and fueling your body with nutritious, whole foods. Dieting should never be about restricting or depriving oneself of life’s indulgences, but should instead be seen as a lifestyle change focusing on eating food to fuel your mind and body with the occasional indulgence in moderation. Because no one got skinny from eating one salad and no one got fat from eating one doughnut.