For a lot of people, simply hearing the word “diet” is enough to put them in a brain-locking tail-spin with visions of deprivation and carrot sticks. The word seems to be synonymous with hunger pains, bland food, and tiny portions, conjuring feelings of not only boredom, but pure dread. This goes hand in hand with black and white thinking, starting with complete over-indulgence (a period of time where we don’t consider food quality and portion control at all) to a 180 degree swing to absurd rigidness in an attempt to compensate for bad behavior.
An example of this rigidness is our own 30 day fat shred program. It’s designed to help you quickly reset your body by feeding it high quality food and removing the processed junk that is breaking down your body. However, it’s a program with a fixed length. It’s not a practical life-long eating plan. It’s meant to reset and then reintroduce foods smartly and with true moderation. It helps not only with weight loss but with food addictions, namely sugar.
What’s missing from this life-sucking loop is implementing a feasible and adoptable eating plan. Sure, you love your pancakes and can’t imagine a life without them, but do you really need them 4 times a week? When food is a significant part of fabric of your life, it’s likely being used to deal with emotions and, newsflash, it’s not helping you cope, but actually making matters worse.
Where To Start?
Let’s assume, though, that you’re ready to create an adoptable plan, one that’s meant to be a way of life rather than a fixed-length diet. Where do you start? Well, there are different approaches. If food isn’t an addiction for you and you want to jump right in, you can start by following the 80/20 rule. Take 80% of your calories from whole, unprocessed, real foods, and save 20% of calories for indulgences. Doing so will allow you to avoid feelings of deprivation without overdoing it by forcing good portion control. Remember, the last bite of our favorite food is never as good as the first, so no sense in binge eating and derailing your entire week when you’re getting so little reward.
If you’re someone who needs to step down slowly, you can start small and make incremental changes each week until you reach the end goal of 80/20. You can start by using a different ratio, or, by adding more unprocessed foods and vegetables at the start (which will make you too full for more junk) and eliminate more processed and unnatural foods each week.
Healthy foods aren’t boring
If you’re in the mindset that eating healthy means boring, you’re not following the right recipes. Cooking with unprocessed, fresh, natural foods makes delicious meals that won’t invite post meal crashing, bloating, and poor digestion. As a bonus, the more meals you replace, you’ll notice your cravings for heavily salted foods with a lot of sugar and fat will diminish. Remember, however, that you still can have the foods you crave, just a little less frequently and in smaller doses.
So, let’s change how we react to the word diet. Let’s stop associating it with negative feelings and displeasure and start associating it simply to the construct of how you eat. After all, your personal diet (how you eat) means something completely different than a cabbage soup diet, right?
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