I’m always on a diet!

We all know that friend,co-worker or family member who is always on a diet.  Why are these people always on diets? You aren’t meant to be on a diet your whole life and struggling to lose weight, hating your body, getting frustrated with no results.

There is a major health issue and education disconnect when it comes to diets and results. I read an article a few years back that said there are 7 billion people alive today and there are 2 articles on diet and fat loss for each person. 14 Billion articles have been written on the subject. Why have there been that many and we still have people all over that are struggling to lose weight? Why don’t people lose weight when they diet? Why do you know someone that has been dieting for 20 years to take off that last 20 pounds? Why do people start diets and quit them? Why don’t diets work for some people? What is your definition of a diet? What diets have you tried? How many diets have you tried in the past year? How many diets gave you success? Why did the weight come back if you had success? How long did you have results when you tried a diet? What made you try that next perfect diet to finally get you the results you wanted?

There is a reason why they are called Fad Diets, either they don’t work, give you short term success or is just becoming popular again. Why do people keep falling off of them? You want results and the marketing sold you into thinking this Fad Diet would work. How many diets are out there??? Way to many to even want to count or pay attention to.

But why are there so many diets? The reason may shock you……..

….. Fad diets only make you fatter.

 

Now lets talk about lots of diets that aren’t Fad diets but have been around for a long time with plenty of evidence to show if they work or not.

Mediterranean Diet (Traced back to 1940s)

Atkins Diet (Traced back to 1960s)

Paleo Diet (Traced back to 1975)

Vegan/ Vegetarian Diets (Can’t be traced back)

Keto Diet (Traced back to early 1900s)

South Beach Diet (Traced back to 2000s)

Fasting Protocols (Can’t be traced back)

The ones you can’t trace back are because people having been doing them since the human race began. Fasting Protocols and vegetarian diets have been done for many reasons from necessity, religious or cultural beliefs, simplicity, health, healing and more. Many people might be shocked that a ketogenic diet is 1 of the oldest ones listed going back over 100 years of trial and research, the reason the shock is because as with many things health and fitness related things all come in cycles. I have been in the industry almost 20 years and was on my first diet in 1st grade. I have been on some sort of diet at least 2 times a year for the past 30+ years. I have tried each diet above. Plus crazy Fad diets like 48 hour Hollywood diet, skim milk and banana diet, cabbage soup diet, grapefruit diet, cleansing diets, detoxing diets, you name it and I have probably tried it. Fad diets are fads for a reason, they’re largely unsustainable, promise results they can’t deliver and encourage us to think of nutrition as something we do for a few weeks until we reach a goal and then quit. When clients first start we ask about their past diet experience and many have been diet jumpers. What is a diet jumper? We see many times clients will do a diet for 4 days and not see 4 lbs gone so they try another diet, then another and another. The better choice is to make lifestyle changes that you can maintain while still enjoying yourself. Our society has been an instant gratification microwave mentality for awhile now and only getting worse. Entertain me in 5 seconds or I change the channel, keep scrolling through my news feed, stop listening, swipe right, click close and give me results now. 6 minute abs got put out of business from 4 min abs, 48 detox to lose 10 lbs, 21 pounds in 21 days, 3 weeks to the new you all these things you have heard and read have started brain washing most people into the belief you can change overnight. Even if you could magically change in 48 hours to the perfect body you want, how long would you have it? 1 day? 1 month? 1 year? People want instant change without changing anything and mad when that isn’t the case. If you did magically change to your perfect body in 48 hours what would you do different to make sure you didn’t go back to your current body? Do you want to magically change your body in 1 second???? I can tell you how!!!! Just start doing what you would do to keep your perfect body and not go quit! Start it now and do it daily from now on…….you will then get to your perfect body. The steps and plans we teach our clients are how to have the body they want. All you need to do is follow the steps….do it daily and stick with it. If you magically changed in 1 sec to your perfect body how would you feel about yourself? Feel that way about yourself now!!!! Feel that way now and everyday and you will get to that body! This is real life, so guess what, you will have bad days in life still. Think of 5 bad things that happened this year too you and gave you a reason to not start a plan or not stick with a plan. These reason will always come up, that is just life. Mindset is a major key to reaching your goals in life, business,  and any form of success! Mindset is a major key in health and fitness as well. Change your mindset!! That mindset shift stopped me from being a serial dieter in the Yo-Yo scale battle of the soul and mind. What happened after I changed that mindset I became calm, understanding, saw change and results. Many people have a mindset that they will diet for 21 days, get the body of their dreams and be able to go back and do the same things they are doing today. That after 21 days you will have reached your goal and you are done, that you can start eating like you have in the past. (The things you did to gain the weight)

We will teach you to be a healthier,stronger, leaner and the best version of yourself. *Disclaimer: clients do have to apply what we teach them.

So with all these diets and fad diets what do we do for our nutrition now? What do we teach our clients?

When you remove the Fad diets that are obviously a waste of time and bad for your health you have the list of diets from above…..

Mediterranean Diet (Traced back to 1940s)

Atkins Diet (Traced back to 1960s)

Paleo Diet (Traced back to 1975)

Vegan/ Vegetarian Diets (Can’t be traced back)

Keto Diet (Traced back to early 1900s)

South Beach Diet (Traced back to 2000s)

Fasting Protocols (Can’t be traced back)

If you research all these diets you will read tons of information on many health benefits from weight loss, general health to healing benefits of medical conditions. So which one do we teach? We don’t! HUH? We don’t teach clients any of these diets for many reasons. One is because like many diets people have a mindset of pass or fail, so if they step out of the box of one of these diets they feel they failed and stop. Second many people have tried these diets and had success at first and then didn’t see results to only quit. Third they actually don’t teach you much on the science of diet. Your body doesn’t burn fat because of your diet and it doesn’t burn fat because of your exercise. HUH? Your bodies hormones tell your body to burn fat, store fat, build muscle, burn muscle, become healthier or go into protection mode. It comes down to the Fight or Flight response. To burn fat you need you hormones to tell your body to do so and you do this not with a specific diet like above, you do it with fueling your body properly.

Lets look at the diets above and what do they all have in common?

Besides the fasting protocols, they all are about the same diet. Don’t eat processed foods, fast food, sugar, chemicals, essentially everything you find in the isles of a grocery store. The things they all have in common are eat real food, the way it comes from the earth or the things on the outside of the grocery store. It really becomes that simple. So why do people fail at these diets? One reason is because they don’t want to change their diet and keep eating fast food, cookies, diet pop, ice cream, cereal, desserts or list of tons of others. Two, even if they make the change they see results at first and then stop seeing results after a few weeks or months and give up. Why did they stop seeing results? It comes down to your body telling itself to burn fat or store fat. Changing what you are eating is one of the biggest steps you take during your journey into being healthier and losing fat. It also is changing how you eat daily and why you are eating a certain way daily and understanding and feeling that difference. We teach you the science of what,when and why. You have essential fatty acids and essential amino acids(proteins) your body needs plus vitamins and minerals to work properly. All the diets above give you those and cut out unnecessary carbs. So all basically are the same low carb diet with their own slight twist. (*Disclaimer: carbs are not bad but also are not essential. You can lose fat while eating carbs) When you start cutting out foods with ingredients that have more letters than the alphabet, foods with high sugars, foods that cause a chemical reaction that tells your body to store fat you start making great progress to being healthier. To continue burning fat you need to also eat right so your hormones tell your body to use the extra fat as energy and this is why diets fail.

We start by teaching clients to eat healthy food choices and how to fuel their bodies. After teaching clients these steps we can start to show them how to adjust calories, marco/ micro nutrition and other diet strategies to get their bodies to burn fat. Many of the diets listed above are close to what we teach our clients to do to start eating healthy. The key though is feeding your body so your hormones are telling your body to burn fat and not store it. Many people try all sort of diets with initial success but stop seeing results and then gain the weight back. We teach you how to get your body working properly to burn off the fat. It is simple but it is not always easy. The simple part is the understanding but the hard part is the consistency to eating specifically for burning fat off and getting your body working properly. This is also sometimes a huge mental struggle because some of the things we have clients do to reach success are things that seem to go against some things they have read. It also can be hard to change habits, these habits could be not eating or drinking certain things, eating new things, cooking things differently, trying new recipes or just eating the correct amounts of the correct things. Having patience in the process and also not comparing yourself to others can be a huge struggle during this time as well. The goal for many of our clients is to just get them to change small things weekly and help them make the small changes into huge results that last.

Learning the science to take you from your current point to reaching a goal is simple math but applying that knowledge is the key to reaching the goal. It is not about a diet, it is about change, that change comes from doing the right things to cause that change. We can teach you the science of what,why and when on nutrition and fueling your body to create that change!

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