Diets–I hate that word. But ladies love it, and it sounds “powerful” when we tell our friends about a new diet we’re going on, and how we’re excited/nervous to try it. BUT, then you stop. Life gets in the way–it happens, and there’s no reason to feel bad about it. It’s what you do after you can’t maintain that diet lifestyle where you see things go downhill.
When I diet, I feel restricted–mainly because I am. Most diets incorporate taking out some food group, when we could instead moderate what we eat and keep them all. We want to aim for something that is attainable over time–not just a specific amount. Diets do not last; they will not produce constant results, because there’s always an end point.
I remember being a teen and seeing most diets say “you can’t have sweets, and you can’t have carbs”. Damn it–my two favorite things! How am I going to live? How long do I have to do it for?
See what I mean? Right from the start of a diet, you’re already asking HOW LONG it is. You know it’s not going to be a lifestyle; just a timed fad. And what happens after that diet is over? We eat those foods again (and most likely overeat them because we were restricted), and then go back to our old lifestyle habits.
I don’t want y’all to go through this cycle of dieting and overeating, because I have been there, done that, and it damages you. Maybe not physically, but mentally–you start to feel bad for eating foods you love, you start thinking less of yourself because you can’t follow a diet. I want you to feel empowered, especially when it comes to food. We should be eating to give our bodies nutrients anyways, to show our bodies that we care about them.
Keep calm and use to 80/20 rule 🙂
What I have found to work for me, time and time again, is the 80/20 rule. I have a ginormous sweet tooth, and it’s not going anywhere (it has proven that my whole life and through all the health fads I’ve tried, lol). If I feel restricted, and not in control of my own choices (*cough* diets *cough*) I will completely rebel and eat whatever the heck I want. THAT is what I learned about myself through diets, and I am not interested in going back to that.
80% healthy, 20% unhealthy
What this breaks down (very generally) to is that you eat healthy meals and have ONE sweet per day. So, instead of eating whatever I want, I know that I get to choose what unhealthy thing I want for the day, so I have to put consideration into what that food/drink will be.
If I know I’m going out for rootbeer floats later, I will keep that in mind and eat solely healthy, so that that float remains my treat for the day. When I go to a birthday party, you can bet I’m going to eat that birthday cake! So I’ll stay away from the soda and the candies.
This has worked incredibly well for me because you get the best of both worlds. I continue to give the nutrients my body craves while getting a little bit of my sweet tooth on 😉 that way you also don’t crash from all the sugar, since you’ve had a staple amount of healthy foods. That little sweet won’t bother you so much!
Please try this and tell me how it works for you. I really do recommend this because diets are sooo overrated, and I really believe we can have our healthy foods and our sugary, sweet addictions satisfied at the same time. 🙂
What’s the latest fad diet you’ve tried?