Finally, someone agreeing that diets work other than their creators. Now it’s true, I said they work but not for how long or why. Sometime in your life you’ve probably tried a diet, a fast or a miracle pill. It promised you an extraordinary change and it probably delivered on that promise for some period of time.
Regardless of what diet you’ve followed, its restrictive nature became unmanageable and you went back to what you previously did. This of course is the foundation for advocating balanced eating and regular exercise. It is about lifestyle. Not completing a plan, or reaching a numerical goal and reverting to your old ways.
It takes time to gain weight, but even more time and work to lose it. Just like when we reach other unhappy places in our lives our desperation for a solution drives us to the quick and easy, not necessarily a good or sustainable solution. We look for a miracle. We let rock bottom propel us upward.
I have spent so much of my career talking about mindset. Eat like the fit and healthy person you want to be and you will become that person over time. The most healthy and well-balanced people are not overly restrictive. They eat primarily from the outside loop of the grocery store, they eat often, and they eat in balance with most carbohydrates coming from vegetables and some complex carbohydrates like beans and squashes over grain. These people even have ice cream occasionally and a slice of pizza. Less healthy food is not viewed as a reward but an occasional addition when the situation arises, and it is a small portion. And the reason they don’t feel like they are missing out is because their bodies have told them they prefer clean eating and they are getting the nutrients they need. They realize that although they may love some foods, those same foods are not loving them back.
Over the nearly 20 years I have worked with clients, everyone has agreed that the more healthy they eat the more their body wants to, and have expressed how much easier it is to control the craving beast when they eat more frequently in correct portions. If you are someone who fears calories and eating and is super restrictive you are setting yourself up to fail. Give balanced, frequent eating a try (in the correct portions of course) for at least six weeks so your body can adapt. You’ll be amazed at the positive changes you’ll see in your energy level, sleep and physical well-being.
Originally published at www.nicolehollar.com