There always seems to be a new “Lose Weight Fast” fad diet out there and I’m asked all the time if they work.
First, most of these diets set you up for failure from the start. Most expect you to give up what you have been eating all together and buy their product. This approach usually lasts about a week or two and then the cravings start. SO, you give in once and it doesn’t seem so bad and then it happens again, and again, and before you know it you are back to your old food and all the diet/pre-packaged food and your money goes to waste. (I’ll save my ranting about all the processed junk in these foods for another blog). Instead of this “all or nothing” approach, try doing what I do. I call it my 90/10 rule. This means 90% of what I put in my mouths is healthy and 10% I treat myself (yes, this does include the occasional cheese burger). This is a good approach because it takes real life into account and sets you up for success. This system allows you to have small amounts of the food you love so you never have those overwhelming cravings or feel deprived.
Second, many diets make unrealistic claims knowing that the average person will not have the same success as the models you see on T.V. The other day a commercial for one of these diets came on making these big claims. But a little further down the screen in very small print it said, “You also needed to have an exercise program to achieve your results.” I’ve been saying this for quite some time, I just use large print! Most people never see the fine print, they are too busy grabbing for the phone to order this miracle diet that just melts fat off your body. Then a few weeks later they are left wondering what happened because they didn’t have the same success as the T.V. model. By applying the 90/10 rule, an exercise program, and realistic goals you CAN set yourself up for success.
Third, these fad diets don’t address what triggers your emotional eating. Let’s face it, we all love comfort food. This is what we reach for to make us feel better after a bad day. If you think about it, it’s a vicious cycle: we eat badly because we don’t feel good about ourselves which then adds to our waist line. Then we eat more because we feel fat already, and it goes round and round. To help with this issue try to identify what triggers your bad eating and write it down when you feel it. Then try subbing out a healthier choice instead of reaching for the fatty comfort food. Also, you can’t argue with how great you feel after a nice, hard exercise session. So instead of reaching for the food, grab your running shoes and pump out the natural endorphins!!
I hope this helps because nutrition is approximately70% responsible for the way your body looks, feels, and performs!
Yours in health,
AFPA Certified Pre/Post Natal Exercise Specialist
ACE Certified Personal Trainer
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