diet plans

    WHY DIET PLANS DON’T WORK

    WHY DIET PLANS DON’T WORK 1024 1024 Delphine Remy | Holistic Nutrition & Eating Psychology Coach

    Raise your hand if are on a diet or have ever been on a diet? Don’t be ashamed. My hand is raised. Over the course of my life, I have tried a number of diets to try achieve specific results at one time or another. But as you and I both know through trial and error, diets don’t work. If they did the weight loss industry wouldn’t be raking in billions on weight loss products.

    No, you can’t eat that.
    Does it feel good to hear that? Most people would say no. The concept of a diet in itself is super restrictive and marks people with a scarlet letter. It makes people feel shame for the foods they love and enjoy which is super counter intuitive to how the body actually works. News flash — if you’re craving a certain food, there might be a hormonal imbalance your body is trying to stabilize. Try not to jump on the diet plan bandwagon when your body starts working against you. Instead try listening to and working with your body to learn what is working and what isn’t.

    Diet plans to avoid —
    Fat-free diet plans
    Low-Protein diet plans 👈 What?! Madness!
    Sweet ‘n Low diet plans
    Calorie counting diet plans
    Eat less, workout more diet plans

    — so why should you avoid diet plans? Diet plans, as we mentioned above, are super restrictive. Not only to you and the foods you choose but to the amount nutrients you allow the body to receive. All foods are categorized into 3 macronutrient groups. Protein, fat and carbs and each group has a very specific caloric profile.

    1 gram of protein = 4 calories
    1 gram of fat = 9 calories
    1 gram of carbs = 4 calories

    When manipulating your caloric intake by restricting yourself from or to certain foods you create an imbalance in the body that will cause the body to react adversely due to a lack of nutritional content. The body needs vitamins, minerals and fibers to function — it cannot be restricted to a simple few foods. This is one of the reasons, diet plans are not sustainable long term. The body needs complex carbohydrates.

    Another reason we want to avoid diet plans all together is because it takes the fun and joy out of eating. Eating is supposed to enjoyable and fulfilling. A number of studies show that there is a direct link between our metabolism and the emotional state we’re in when we eat. This my friends is called intuitive or mindful eating. If you’re stress or emotionally eating, guess what your body is able to absorb all the nutrients you are providing the body (even if it’s a buddha salad) because there is a disconnect between mind and body. If you are playing on your phone or watching tv while you eat, you are missing the signals your body is sending letting you know “I’m full.” — “I’d like more chicken.” “hydrate me please.” potentially causing you to eat more than you probably needed to. On the flip side of that, if you are actively engaging in your meal and appreciating the flavors and foods you are eating — you are connecting mind and body making it that much easier and efficient for the body to communicate these signals.

    What should I eat?
    Everything. In moderation of course. Never thought you’d head a nutrition coach say that eh? But yes — I absolutely believe everything (except for highly processed foods, bad sugars and trans fats) on the menu is up for grabs… in moderation. I cannot stress that enough. Our body is our vehicle to being able to express ourselves physically, verbally and spiritually; and it is always communicating with us. Now whether or not we drop the ball on listening to what it needs and wants is on us.

    Today for example, I had the strangest urge to go for a walk down the trail I normally run and sit at the foot of the dock near the water. I lay there for a few minutes feeling the sun on my skin, listening to the wind, the water running and the birds flying over me. It was also a busy work day so to have this feeling circling back only let me know that that was something my body needed. It needed a break from blogging — from being in front of the computer, from technology. I just wanted some good ol fashion vitamin D.

    If you would like to learn how stress affects the body and the metabolism I recommend reading:
    Psychology Of Eating Secrets: Stress Uncovered
    5 Ways To Break The Cycle Of Emotional Eating
    Get The Skinny On Primary & Secondary Foods

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