Let’s talk about “Diets” today. 🙂
That is always such a fun topic, isn’t it??
I remember the first time I really learned the word “diet.” I was in the Girl Scouts and my troop was in front of a grocery store trying to sell our cookies to passersby. It took me awhile to break out of my shy shell to actually ask them if they would buy my cookies. A few did buy a box or two but the most common thing I heard was, “No Sweetie. I’m on a diet.” That scene has stuck in my head every since. Funny how our memory works sometimes.
Anyway, Now it seems like everyone and their mother is on a diet.
The Adkins Diet
The South Beach Diet
The Virgin Diet
Body by Vi
(* This article is written in regards to people making changes in their way of eating in order to lose weight and/or change their body composition. It is not written towards those who have adopted a new lifestyle based on religious and/or ethical reasons. Carry on. )
Green Smoothie Diet
Do I need to keep going?? Get the picture. There is a diet for just about everybody. If Diet A didn’t work for you then try Diet B. When Diet B doesn’t work then try Diet C with more gusto. And the pattern keeps going on and on and on.
But, here’s the deal with these diets. They are NOT Rocket Science!!!
I say that because in the end they have the same objective. They reduce calories.
The root of any nutrition plan for the goal of reducing weight/fat is to eat at a deficit so that you are consuming less calories than your body needs so that your body burns fat to retrieve the energy it needs.
Now, most of the diet books you read will tell you that THEIR diet is the ONE because it helps you eliminate this, that, or the other and by doing so you have discovered the SECRET to dropping pounds and inches.
You drop processed foods.
You drop gluten.
You drop grains and legumes.
You drop animal products (meat, eggs, and dairy).
You replace meals with shakes.
In the process of eliminating certain foods or perhaps even meals you replace those foods probably with more fruits and vegetables and other healthier options. If you are coming from a fairly typical SAD diet (Standard American Diet) you are going from a pretty processed diet to a more whole foods diet.
You are reducing calories.
Whole Foods tend to be nutrient dense and not calorie dense. You can eat more but still get less calories.
So, you are eating at that magical calorie deficit.
It isn’t hocus pocus. It isn’t a DIET SECRET that some scientists discovered and the Hollywood star endorsed. It is not rocket science.
Reduce your calories and exercise more. You will lose pounds and inches….just like that**.
This is something you can do on your own by making smart choices and developing good habits one at a time.
Replace the junk with a whole food.
Drink more water.
Drink tea instead of soda.
Drop the sugar.
Get a lean protein at every meal.
Eat more vegetables and fruits.
One step at a time. You can make choices on your own. You can take control of your own health without all the chatter out there from “diet gurus.”
If you really don’t think you can do this on your own then a Nutrition Coach is a splendid idea. As your Nutrition Coach I will guide in making those healthy habits. I will hold your hand. I will encourage you. I will point you in the right direction. I will give you a sensible plan that does not involve a single “diet.” It is balanced and it is sustainable. No Absolutes.
I’m always here,
**Another disclaimer. I acknowledge that there are people out there who are in situations physically that make it harder to lose weight. Hormones. Food Intolerances. Etc. That is why I strongly recommend you hire a Nutrition Coach or even a Nutritionist or Dietician to help you on your path. For the vast majority of the American population, however, it is easier than book publishers and the diet food industry would like us to believe.