So I want to clear this up: Do I put clients on diets? No! Why? Well here is my reasons why.
I don’t do diets. Diets play with your mind and generally involve some pretty crappy food. Do I sometimes limit calorie intake? Yes. Do I carb cycle sometimes? Yes.
There are ALOT of ‘diets’ on the market right now. Some aim at losing weight. Think weight watchers, jenny craig, lean cuisine. Some diets are aimed at people who are already or trying to get fit, Think IIFYM. And some are aimed at health, Think Paleo, whole 30.
So why does every person think every ‘diet’ will work for them? Every ‘diet’ is designed for a different goal. You need to eat according to your goals! So here is my suggestions when asked about diets.
- My base of all nutrition is REAL food. Nutrient dense food. Food that IS ingredients. Food that can be grown in your backyard. This mindset on food will work for all goals.
- Why not Lean cuisine and others like it? Think Chemical overload! They are packed with nasty chemicals used to replace any real substance there may have been. These are about the lowest of the low when we talk about food quality. Are they low calorie? Yes. Does low calorie mean healthy? NO!
- Why not IIFYM. Well, because people think they can gorge on pop tarts, ice cream, and oreos. This is not healthy in any manner. I believe in IIFYM if you meet those macros with REAL food. Eating processed junk may fit in your daily schedule but it is not good on the body and can deplete energy with sugar highs and lows. It can also effect your mood. So fit those macros with Good food and I am all for it.
- How about Paleo or whole 30? I must admit, I like the idea behind paleo and whole 30. obviously I am a fan of whole foods. These are close to how I chose to eat. However, I don’t like to put clients on these ‘diets’ for one reason. They go home, look up paleo recipes and come across paleo chocolate chip cookies, whole foods brownies, paleo cake, paleo lasagna, paleo cheese bombs, etc. While they may be paleo or whole, they are not always healthy.
Healthy nutrition lies in real, honest foods. You do not have to eat like a body builder to be fit. Body builders eat for their own goals so you should too! Social media does a great job of making us all think we need to be carrying around chicken and protein shakes constantly. And some of us do but not all of us! Eat for your OWN goals and keep it REAL! Energy, stamina, joy, and many other functions lie in stable nutrition.
I am strong. I am capable. I am powerful. I am beautiful.