Diets DON'T Work!
Updated: Jul 20
Weight loss coaches are a dime a dozen. It is a billion-dollar industry for a reason.
The Secret? Diets DON’T work.
If I had a dollar for every time a client came to me with only weight loss goals, and then said no they wouldn’t be happy if the scale said the number they wanted tomorrow with the current body they are living in, I’d be sitting high on a pile of money. Weight loss goals are not the same as wanting to change your body composition.
When goal setting with clients, people that want to lose weight really want to change the way their body looks or feels. The scale is secondary and often I recommend not even using it to track health or progress. It ends up being a distraction, and can impact behaviors that are not helpful in driving your wellness.
Driving your health and body is so much more than calories in and calories out.
You aren’t only what you eat, you are what you digest. If you are not digesting your food properly and using everything you are eating within your body, calories do not matter. Calories can be perfectly calculated for you, and your health can still decline, and your weight can remain un-budged.
If you are just focusing on calories in and calories out, you are not only going to fight an uphill battle, but the yo-yo after is going to be a large never-ending cycle.
You aren’t only what you eat, you are what you digest. If you are not digesting your food properly and using everything you are eating within your body, calories do not matter. Calories can be perfect, and your health can still decline and your weight can remain un-budged. it is for the rest of your life.
“The quickest way I know to get an American fat is to go on a diet. Don’t ever diet another day the rest of your life. Eat for Nutrition, NEVER eat for weight loss, and NEVER make any changes to the way you eat that you’re not willing to make permanently.”Ogie Shaw
Anytime you venture into changing your diet, etc. always think of that quote, and ask yourself if you are willing to commit it for the rest of your life.
95% of all diets fail. Do most work for the short term? Yep. Long term? Nope.
Diets that are one size fits all focused on just caloric intake are designed to fail. The diet cycle sucks. It’s great when you are motivated and losing weight, but the mental impacts when everything goes to shit is so much worse than the high from the upside.
So many diets today hide behind buzz words like “lifestyle change” and “individual assessment”, but when it boils down to the plan, it’s still a calorie or volume based diet.
Do calories matter? Sure. They can, but it is not sustainable to constantly count your calories.
Do you want to weigh and measure your food and be married to counting them for the rest of your life?
Or do you want to learn how to just eat? Only you can answer that.
The issue with counting calories is that our bodies are smart and complex. If you cut your calories too low for too long, eventually, you will be hungry and ravenous. Your body is telling you to fuck off by trying to beat it into low calorie submission.
Often, this is where a binge happens and a case of the fuck-its. Most people think they just suck at willpower. And generally depending on how life is going at that moment, will remain in the case of the fuck-its until the next bout of motivation and "diet" promising to make all their body goals come true.
Willpower is one thing people that end up on the yo-yo cycle think they lack. They think their diet failed because they lacked the willpower to just stick with it, and that they are somehow weaker than Sally who has been able to stick to her diet.
What if I told you it has zero to do with willpower? ZERO
YOU ARE NOT WEAK! YOU DO NOT LACK WILLPOWER!
Hyper palatable foods on the market are high jacking your brain causing you to overeat the wrong things for your body and under eat the right things that nourish your body.
Building healthy habits so you do not consistently gravitate towards foods and habits that are triggers for you has everything to do with your brain.
You can retrain your brain!