I recently longed onto Facebook and saw a fellow friend doing a 30-day shred program. So over the course of a month I watched her post pictures of nasty shakes (which is all she would eat for that meal), and small-portioned food sizes mostly veggies with a little protein and then she would post her workout for the day. I thought hmm not my style, but I would love to see where she is in 30 days. The end result was she lost 10lbs. Now for those of you who don’t know 10lbs is a good amount of weight to lose in 30 days. The best part was at the end she posted a picture of her “celebrating” eating a big bowl of popcorn and some candy. I seriously thought OMG what is she thinking she just worked so hard and is now moving two steps backwards. Then it hit me, she’s dieting! Dieting is just that, it’s something you do to get instant results and yet can’t sustain it for life. Now for those of you who are new readers or don’t know me personally, I do promote cheat meals where this would acceptable so don’t think I’m saying you can never enjoy popcorn and candy again I’m just saying this is part of the dieting trap. Where you don’t have something for so long then over indulge as a reward.
Now let’s fast forward a few months and guess what? She was doing the 30-day shred again because she had regained ½ of it back. Honestly my heart broke just a little because I know how she felt! I have been there too! For so many years and I always felt like there was something wrong with me. Why couldn’t I just keep doing this diet? Why was it every time the (insert how many days or weeks) was over I still gained weight back? Let’s not include the guilt factor of me feeling like a failure because I just couldn’t keep it off. Or the guilt factor where why couldn’t I just keep pushing forward on the program a little longer. Well I am here to tell you that you no longer have to feel like this or treat your body this way. When we yo-yo diet it actually causes more harm than good. It creates all sorts of hormonal imbalances in your body that over time leads to adrenal fatigue, thyroid issues, and metabolic damage.
Now there are times when I recommend 30 day programs or 4 week jump starts, but you have to have a plan for after the program not just go back to the way you were eating before. After all that’s what got you to where you needed to start the program in the first place. Einstein stated, “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and yet expecting a different outcome”. This is why diets don’t work over the longer run. They don’t balance your hormones, they leave you feeling tired, cranky, and more stressed out about what you can’t have (at least they did me) versus can have and they lead you to just get to the end and be done.
So what can you do to get out of a diet plan and move into a sustainable plan? Instead of dieting try a lifestyle change. You don’t have to dive into something feet first to make it work. You can take one small step forward to make lasting changes. Instead of changing what you eat 100%, change one small thing until that one thing is no longer an issue and then change another small thing. If you don’t exercise and want to start then start by walking 20-30 minutes 3 days a week. Once that becomes easy then add in one workout and then another. In the story of the Tortoise and the Hare the tortoise finished first ????. One small step in front of the other! Quit the dieting and choose a program that works for you! It should give you energy, give you results and be sustainable for life!
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