Diet-A Dreaded Four Letter Word

kecia-strand-fitnessDiet? Dreadful.

Diet is a dreaded four-letter word that triggers up all kinds of anxiety. The “D” in the word diet has always seemed synonymous to “deprived”, “depressing” and just downright “dreadful”!
I hate the thought of ever being on a diet, yet I can’t escape the dreaded “D” word no matter what I’m doing.

The latest and greatest diet trends are constantly being discussed, analyzed, and written about. There is no escape! News, novels, social media….diets are being plugged everywhere. How is one to make heads or tails of all the information– much of it contradictory!

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Diet Fads

I’m far from a career dieter, but I have come to know that diets are temporary and often very restrictive and hard to follow.

Take the HCG diet as an example. This is a diet where you are guaranteed rapid weight loss without losing muscle tissue. Sounds pretty good, huh? All you need to do is inject a hormone only produced during pregnancy into your body and then consume only 500 calories a day. Seriously? How can that possibly be sustainable? I know people who did this diet. Yes, they lost weight but it was not sustainable weight loss. No thanks, next!

It can be downright overwhelming for someone who really wants (and needs) to make nutritional changes.

Atkins says we need to eat lots of protein, lower our carbohydrate intake, and consume higher amounts fat.

“If It Fits Your Macros” is another trending diet. You don’t count calories, but you count the grams of fat protein and carbohydrates consumed. It requires commitment to track every piece of food you eat, and enter it into an app such as My Fitness Pal.

The Ketogenic diet puts your body in “Ketosis,” where it burns fats. But it does so because there are no carbohydrates in you to burn since they are barely permitted to be eaten. But go ahead, and eat all the fat you want!

How about the 21-Day Fix. This seems to be “latest and greatest” in a long line trend right now. Buy the special colored containers, and fill them up with the appropriate foods. This one is geared towards portion control with not much calorie counting.

Then there’s Jenny Craig, Weight Watchers, Shakeology, this list goes on and on! Completely overwhelming isn’t it?

How does one decide what will work best for them? I’d recommend asking yourself the following questions:

1. How much weight do I want to lose?

Do you have just a few pounds to lose, maybe to fit into a dress for a special occasion? In this circumstance, “eating clean” for a couple of weeks or reducing your intake of carbohydrates might be a good fit.

If you have more than a few pounds to lose, following a plan that is about making lifestyle and eating behavior changes may be in order. Weight Watchers could be an option for you. Or, Precision Nutrition (ask Pam about Precision Nutrition, she is a certified PN Coach! Learn more about this program by clicking here!).

2. How well do I trust myself on a diet?

Maybe you need someone to hold you accountable. Perhaps you need access to support from a group or others who are in the same boat as you. The one diet I did go on had an online Facebook support group that really helped me when I was having moments of weakness. Hiring a personal trainer (more on this below) is also a great way to have your very own, individualized support.

3. Am I going to be able to maintain this weight after I’m done?

In other words, just how realistic is this diet? How realistic is my goal? Nothing is more frustrating to work hard to lose weight and improve health only to gain it all back.

Use caution when you see unrealistic drastic weight loss plans. If it’s too good to be true, it probably is. Instead consider diets that are not diets per se but more nutritional plans that can be carried forward well after your goal has been reached. Eat for the rest of your life, not just until you see a certain number on the scale.

4. What about exercise? Do I have a plan?

If you are just getting started or getting back into exercise, it might be worthwhile to consider a personal trainer. A personal trainer will teach you the proper form and will work for your success in both nutrition and fitness. They will develop the best and most effective plan for you. Proper nutrition is 80% of weight loss, but don’t forget how important it is to your health to keep an active body! Use it or lose it!

Recommended: Move It, or Lose It! About Movement and Mobility

On a diet! Living a lifestyle!

There are many crazy diet plans out there. It is overwhelming even for those of us who work in the fitness industry! There is no magic bullet to make weight come off and stay off.

First, have a plan. Then focus on creating discipline, motivation and commitment to make the necessary changes.

Commit to taking small steps over time and grow your changes into a lifestyle. Soon a new way of eating will be second nature to you. And that “D” word will be a distant memory!

Take control of your nutrition and fitness!

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About Kecia Murphy

Kecia Murphy is a Personal Trainer at Strand Fitness. She is aware that everyone has different starting points, different interests and different goals when it comes to fitness. She looks forward to personalizing her training programs to each client’s ability and interests. Whether her client’s goal is to improve range of motion or to sweat with high intensity-training workouts, Kecia is excited to help her clients feel better and achieve their fitness goals.

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