Why I Don’t Diet (And How to Make it Work)

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.

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3 Reasons Why You’re Not Seeing Results

Not seeings results is a very common thing you hear in the fitness field, mainly because people aren’t s

ure, or educated enough on the body, to get to where they want to be.

During a training session I noticed one of my hardest working clients was looking a little frazzled; although we had upped most of the weight on his exercises, and had him losing weight fairly quickly, he didn’t seem to be in too good of a mood like usual. I asked him and he told me something a lot of people hear and say in the beginning of fitness journeys.

“I feel like I’m not seeing results.”

This is something Personal Trainers dread to hear, and raises a couple questions.

Is it me? Could I be doing something more for him and his goals?

Is it him? Is he not doing all that he can on those days off to be reaching his goals?

Personal Trainers want to see you succeed. They want you to feel good about yourself. And to hear (and clearly see) that my client was not happy made me not happy. We were making great progress, and yet he wasn’t happy. Heck, I was so proud of how much progress he was making, but he wasn’t. Why is he not seeing results?

And that’s when a light bulb went off in my head. He was focusing on the end goal, and not looking at how much progress he was making. He just wanted to get the results–get that lean, muscular body in less time than it was taking. And that’s why he wasn’t happy.

When we talked, we discussed how we had lost x amount of weight (which was awesome for how long we had been training together!) and how he was getting stronger every week, and he realized what I had beforehand. After that, the workout went a lot smoother, and became more fun 🙂

Ladies and gents, your fitness journey is a life journey.

This isn’t always the case, though–sometimes, you aren’t progressing, and you don’t know why. So, let’s break it down some more and look at some reasons why you may not be seeing the results you want:

You’re not seeing results because..

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