Diet is a four-letter word. For some, it should be added to the list of other ‘four-letter-words’. In the fitness industry, we see lots of nutritional fads come and go. Every few months another diet claims to be the ‘guaranteed solution’ for all your weight loss and fitness optimisation needs.
Take it from us, this claim has never yet been true.
Some facts are always good to keep in mind when talking about weight loss diets:
1 – Crash is trash
Crash diets might make you lose weight initially, but they are never a long-term solution and will not only risk your health but also hugely affect your mood. Whilst the scales might tell you a few pounds have shifted, they’ll soon be back and you’ll probably be miserable the whole time they’re gone. The latest research shows that some people carry a genetic variant that reacts negatively to large swings in daily calorie intake. For these people, a drastic reduction in calories will only result in the body putting on more weight the minute they go back to eating normally. For these people, even the latest trends such as intermittent fasting and juice days will just not work.
2 – Everyone is different
Peoples’ bodies are different, just like their goals are different. Your Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) will be different to that of your friends and family. Some people find changing their eating habits more difficult and some people will be affected more quickly by changes that they do make. Our team of experts will be able to put together a realistic and achievable plan based on your personal goals.
3 – Be realistic
When you plan your meals, don’t just assume you’ll be fine with a light salad whilst everyone you’re eating with enjoys pizza – be reasonable! When planning your healthy diet think about it in terms of permanent changes.
4 – Research, get advice and plan ahead of time
Often, foods higher in protein will keep you full for longer than lower protein options. The best healthy diet plans tend to have a heavy percentage of lean meat, fish, lentils and pulses. (I’ve removed dairy as for many people, it causes all sorts of health issues!)
Getting organised is often the most effective first step to a new, healthy lifestyle. Taking the time to plan your meals once a week means you will avoid the pitfalls of ‘eating on the hoof’ and you can start to achieve the variety of foods that your body needs to achieve good nutrition.
To programme yourself into healthy food habits have an idea of what you’re going to eat and when. Ensure you get a good balance of nutrition and avoid heavily processed, salty or sugary foods.
5- Be honest about your food weaknesses.
Do you have a bad time of day when you reach for the nearest available sugary snack? Are you a slave to the bread basket and desserts when you go out? Are you relying on the 6 pm alcohol fix to get you through the evening? Addressing your daily habits and talking through how to change them can make all the difference between success and failure.
If you’d like to talk about programming your new healthy food habits, book your free consultation with Fit8 now.