Updated: Jul 19
Are you ready to lose the weight and keep it off? I'm going to tell you why dieting is the answer.
Diets. A controversial topic, right?
Starting the day after Christmas, we all saw the ads on T.V. for all sorts of weight loss programs that are all about dieting, telling you how to eat, when to eat, and all the other diet rules.
What if I told you you had to give up your absolute favorite foods starting today, for life. Would you feel like doing it?
I know I couldn't, and frankly when I was working on weight loss, I didn't want to. That's why I embraced the 80/20 plan.
And I have to tell you, it's what helped me achieve my goals, and sustain them for over a decade now.
Why diets don't work.
When you stop trusting your body’s hunger cues and rely on someone else’s guidelines for eating (aka dieting), a weird thing begins to happen. You start to obsess over food, your weight, calories, carbs... in fact it may be all you think about! And this creates an unhealthy relationship with food. This type of "eating" comes from a place of fear that is based on deprivation and restriction. And that restrictive and punishing mindset is does not create a kind, compassionate, simple, satisfying or sustainable way of eating.
Here's the challenge.
The "all or nothing" that is restrictive and punishing is often served up with whatever diet you've chosen. Not only do you have to sacrifice the foods you love and follow a strict set of rules, you might find yourself walking down a path of:
No or low carbs
No fruits, only vegetables
and the list goes on and on
And that all or nothing approach isn't kind, satisfying, or sustainable. I know because I tried it.
Here's the solution.
Balance. You need to embrace it in your healthy eating and fitness for long term success. And for me that translates to an 80/20 plan. This is how I was able to stop dieting and start living. It's how I achieved my health and wellness goals. And it is how I have sustained that success for over a decade.
How it works.
80% of the time my intakes are filled with whole, nutrient dense foods: lean proteins, complex carbs, healthy fats, and all sorts of fruits and veggies. And I don't tell myself I have to eat kale if I don't like kale, or quinoa if I don't like quinoa. I choose the foods I want to eat!
20% of the time my intakes are my planned indulgences, like nachos from my favorite restaurant, a slice of carrot cake from a local bakery, a glass (or 2) of red wine... whatever I want. I simply create room for it in my healthy eating plan, that way I never feel restricted or depriveded, I avoid food cravings and self-sabotage because no food is off limits and I know I can still enjoy all the yummy foods I love.
Here's why it works.
There are all sorts of things that happen in our life, which is why strict and rigid diets are not sustainable, because eventually that cookie you've been craving is going to find its way in your mouth. So why not just make room for it 20% of the time? When you implement a healthy balance and stop restricting, labeling foods as "good" or "bad" you can promote healthy balance, listen to your body, and eat in a way that is simple, satisfying and sustainable - guilt free!
It's how you get results and make them last.
It's how you feel good from the inside out.
And it's how you create a life you truly want to live in a body you are proud of.
Are you ready to live a life you love & reach your goals too?
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