Let’s ditch the diets and adopt a lifestyle. Let’s face it diets do not work. Sure they may work for the short term but long term they just don’t work.
I asked a client recently how many “diets” she had been on and she said she started a new one every Monday and now she has gained 50 pounds from dieting! It’s true. I see it all the time.
A couple of years ago, I believed in diets too. I thought if I could just eat less and exercise more then I would lose weight. However, sometimes it worked and sometimes it didn’t work.
It wasn’t that I ate too much, it was I was eating the wrong things at the wrong times and for the wrong reason. Then I would try to deprive myself and eat less and I would get “hangry”. I would white knuckle it for a time but if I wasn’t strong enough I would cave and give in and then beat myself up. You have probably been there too.
Ditch the Diets and Adopt A Lifestyle By Shifting Your Focus
When we decide to go on a diet it is usually to lose weight, right? Let’s shift our focus to become healthy, to become the best version of ourselves. So how do we do this?
Are you the person who sees the glass half empty or half full? It is more than just positive thinking it is positive talk. We need to eliminate the negative talk to ourselves. Have you ever eaten something and then beat yourself up about it? Most of us have at some point in our lives. We need to learn to let it go. Move on. Forget about it.
Understanding Our Emotions
I am taking a course on the Psychology of Emotional Eating. We often eat to handle emotions. Some people may call it stress eating. We need to learn to understand our emotions a little more. Becoming more mindful of what we are putting into our bodies and why. Remember, I said earlier, I was eating the wrong things at the wrong times for the WRONG REASON.
Find the Right Lifestyle
Ok, let’s be honest, there are so many eating lifestyles. There is FASTer Way to Fat Loss, Whole 30, Paleo, Keto, Vegan, Weight Watchers, Clean, Mediterranean to name a few. How do you know which one is best for you?
I believe that we can learn and take things from each of these lifestyles. But when we focus on one we can become to restrictive when then leads us back to the “diet” mentality.
I thought about trying Whole 30. I actually bought the book and the cookbook. When I started reading through the books I knew immediately that I could not practice this as a lifestyle. Maybe for a few days but that would be it. In fact, I have noticed that people who do Whole 30 do it for a month and then go right back to how they were eating before.
Do you want long term change? Then you have to find what works for YOU. Viewing your health journey as a marathon and not a sprint. Making consistent changes one day at a time. Consistency compounds. The little changes we make every day will add up to bigger changes for a lifetime.
Are you are interested in creating the life you want to live? Feeling your best mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually? Then be sure to get on the waitlist for my new program Balance launching at the end of January 2021. I can’t wait to help you find balance in your life.