Keto, celebrity diet, magic drink 873, 3 day smoothie cleanse… What the heck? What is right and what is wrong?? For years, we have been given different diets and what's good and what's bad and it never adds up to the same! Plus the health risks of fad diets are crazy. Why the back and forth?
Examples -First, it was don't eat whey protein, eat soy. Wait, don't eat soy, soy is bad for you, it's an allergen. Egg whites only. Wheat is bad, now wheat isn't bad. Don't eat bacon, only turkey bacon. Now bacon is okay. Don't drink cow milk ever, it's bad. Well, Cow milk is fine, but only skim milk… WHAT??? WHERE DOES IT END?
It ends right here, sister.
Stop the fad diets. Take your life back and start getting the results you're looking for, whatever those results are. Ever heard of yo-yo dieting? That's what is happening in our society with all of the back and forth. What benefit is there of this back and forth? Or this cleanse or that cleanse? There is no benefit because your eating shouldn't be about what you exclude, it should be about what you include. You've probably heard me say before that there is no magic drink of unicorn hair and olive oil. It's because it is 100% true!
If you want a transformation, I have the solution.
What's the solution? A solid plan, hard work, dedication, discipline, and real food. I'm giving it to you straight, sister. Weight loss and true body transformation is not a game, and your body can't afford for you to put it through the experiments of this diet or that diet. The solution really is as simple as a solid workout plan coupled with real food.
Here's how I'm going to lay this post out. I will start off by talking about the Ketosis Diet which I am not a fan of at all. Because… well, more on that in a minute, but then I will be talking through 3 eating styles that can be incorporated as a lifestyle and not just a diet. They are great for accelerating weight loss or accelerating your path to a healthy and clean lifestyle. First up, the infamous Keto Diet.
*Remember that if you have a certain disease that requires specific dietary restrictions, you need to discuss with your doc before making any enormous changes!
The Keto Diet – and why you should probably avoid it
This diet in my humble opinion is the worst. Why? For starters, the Keto Diet has gone back to the 1990's fad of eating zero carbs. Carbs are not bad for you, your body must have carbs. Am I talking chips and empty carbs? Of course not, but I am talking about healthy, solid, complex carbs. Your body must have them.
The Keto diet is designed to send your body into ketosis quicker by basically cutting out all carbs, all sugar, eating minimal protein and eating high fats. The reason for the high fats is that in theory it teaches your body to burn fat quicker. While to a point that is true, the Keto diet takes it to an extreme.
At what cost though? Your body is made of proteins and your body requires good protein to rebuild the muscles that have been broken down during your workout. Your body also needs carbs and according to Eating Well there are 6 solid reasons you should be eating carbs and one of those include a “sharp memory”. We have to keep our minds sharp to live well in this world. Again, this does not mean to go eat the empty carbs of potato chips or soda, etc. You need whole grains, sweet potatoes, etc.
Another thing to be cautious of , especially with this diet is that I've been reading that you can “stay keto” while eating at fast food restaurants. Just hold up right there. No. Just no. I'm pretty sure I don't even need to explain this. Okay? Fast food is not your answer. Ever.
According to Dr. Ahmed Zayed who is an expert contributor at Consumer Health Digest, the Keto Diet ranked dead last in the “Best Diets of 2018”. The article I just cited is a great article to check out once you have finished reading here because if you won't listen to a CPT, listen to a doctor. Dr. Ahmed backs up what I am saying about the Keto Diet and how fad diets are dangerous to your health due to the overly restrictive nature.
Let's talk through 3 Eating Styles to Accelerate Weight Loss and Healthy Lifestyle
I'm not even going to give the time of day to diets that call for you to drink some random concoction while you stand on your head. I know you know what I'm talking about. It's something bizarre that you've seen on an ad on a random website or some kind of spammer on Pinterest. Just don't go there, sister. Forget the diets and get with an eating style. Choose carefully and choose one that you can stick with and turn it into a lifestyle.
We will be covering Paleo, the Mediterranean Diet, and Flexible Dieting . These are legitimate eating styles that can accelerate weight loss if they are adhered to and used properly. Depending on which one you decide to tackle, I recommend researching it as you go. I will give you resources for each one that you can get to help you along your journey. Resources written by people with much more education in this area than I do. This post is to help you get started in the right direction for you, choosing one that you can adhere to for the long haul.
If you do not hear anything else I say, hear this. Do not, for the love of dumbbells change your mind about your eating plan every month, few months, heck, every year for that matter. Choose one that you know you will be able to live on and live with; because the back and forth of this diet or that diet can actually make you gain weight and be unhealthier than before. It's science, y'all; not just my opinion.
I personally used one of these that contributed to my transformation which you can see in that picture. There is quite literally no magic pill, sister. A solid plan, dedication, discipline, hard work, and real food.
SO! Let's get started on these three eating programs and hopefully it will help decide which one works for you that can be incorporated into your daily lifestyle!
Let's start with what I consider the hardest lifestyle eating to follow. I read a book on Paleo called “Eat the Yolks” by Liz Wolfe and it was a very eye opening book and to be honest, not super hard to read because of her writing style. She was brutally honest and as I'm sure you can tell, I can relate
to that and I really like that about her. Wolfe talks about what Paleo is and what it is not. Basically, Paleo is a way of eating similar to how we, as the human race, ate in the past. Like a very long time ago. When we were created, there were no such things as super markets or insta-dinners. We ate whole foods and we weren't obsessed with calories.
The Paleo diet is restrictive and can be hard to adhere to especially if you're not used to eating in this manner. Is it a good way to eat? Absolutely. However, I have found that working your way to something this restrictive can make it better for your mental well being. Here's what I mean- Paleo is a lifestyle, it is not a “diet”. If you are not used to not eating dairy and whole grains, then this would be a hard switch to make cold turkey. If you're wanting to work to that point, then I would recommend slowly removing these things from your diet until you find what works for you. Remember, we're working towards a healthy lifestyle here and not just a crash diet.
If you are looking into Paleo or even if you aren't but are curious about what it really is and if it really has merit, I highly recommend grabbing Liz's book on Amazon and give it a read. That way you can make an educated decision on if Paleo is right for your lifestyle.
The Mediterranean Diet
This style of eating can be a great way to go depending on your lifestyle. The Mediterranean Diet is lower fat, clean eating. Notice that I didn't say no fat, I said lower fat. We must have fats, it's all part of the balance. Good fats are brain food, etc. What the Mediterranean Diet is, is real and healthy foods. It is not like Paleo because with the Mediterranean, legumes and low fat dairy is recommended. According to Consumer Health Digest, the best diet of 2018 is the Mediterranean Diet. This is because the Mediterranean is something that can actually be adhered to and can be incorporated fairly easily into your lifestyle. It is restrictive, but it's not so restrictive that you are at the possibility of being deficient in nutrients as long as you follow it properly.
If you are thinking about going with the Mediterranean Diet, I highly recommend grabbing The Complete Mediterranean Diet: Everything You Need to Know to Lose Weight and Lower Your Risk of Heart Disease… with 500 Delicious Recipes by Dr. Michael Ozner. His book includes recipes to help you with meal planning. Meal planning or meal prepping (two different things) are great ways to make sure that you stay on track with the busyness of the week and it helps keep you from going through the drive-thru on the way home.
Now we talk about what I have used in my transformation that you saw earlier in this giantly long post. It's called flexible dieting. Here is the basis of it. Eat. Real. Food. Don't be afraid to eat whole grain bread and don't be afraid to eat a piece of bacon. At the same time, don't be afraid to eat the occasional piece of pizza. Wait. WHAT DID SHE SAY?! Yep, you heard me. Before you get too excited and think I'm telling you to eat chicken nuggets and pizza, let's back up a bit.
Flexible Dieting for me has been a life changer. Eat real food. That's it. Your chicken should be chicken and your spinach should be spinach. Don't be afraid to eat fruit, eat lots of colorful vegetables and drink lots of water. Your water doesn't have to be room temperature & boring all of the time mix it up! Think outside the box. Do you like coffee? Awesome, drink coffee. No, I'm not talking about 480 calorie lattes at the mother ship Starbucks. Coffee with a bit of coconut milk and Stevia Drops. Be smart, make good food choices, and find an activity you love to do to keep you in shape.
I'm currently reading a book called Mini Habits for Weight Loss: Stop Dieting. Form New Habits. Change Your Lifestyle Without Suffering by Stephen Guise and he teaches his readers how to make small changes for big results. This is the exact philosophy I used for my transformation of 60+ pounds lost from a dangerous and unhealthy pregnancy. I didn't have this book when I started my weight loss journey. I made myself the promise that I would eat real food, I would workout and run consistently, and I would make small decisions every day to be healthy again. Which is exactly what I did.
A day in the life of a flexible dieter…
My day to day consists of real food, nothing with added hormones and the like. My food is meat, veggies, fruit, and complex carbs. This type of eating did not happen overnight but it was consistent small steps and decisions that helped me get to the point that I realized I didn't want junk food everyday. Do I have the occasional pizza? Absolutely. My pizza of choice is thin crust meat pizza. Do I punish myself in the gym after I eat said pizza? Nope. Because I have established healthy habits and it's because I allow myself the occasional pizza and/or chocolate that keeps me from over eating and engorging myself with junk food because I haven't completely deprived myself of it. I just plan how and when I will allow the treat meals.
I legitimately don't want to engorge myself because I know it makes me feel bad when I do. I'm sluggish and don't feel well for a few days afterward. Allowing the pizza (example) every now and then has made me not feel deprived and in turn has helped me get to the point that my body craves real food and the pizza (again, example) is a treat and not a staple. It's totally a mind thing y'all. Changing your mindset can get you further than punishing yourself. I promise.
Wow, word vomit, much?
Let's sum up this 2,000+ word post in just a few short words, shall we? Your diet should be a lifestyle and should be made of real food. Period. Whether you decide to throw it way back and go Paleo or a more modern take with the Mediterranean, or do like I did and change your habits one day at a time with Flexible dieting; the entire point is to choose one that you can make into a lifestyle. Make it into a lifestyle that you can live with and not stress about. Eating is something we have to do, choose a way of eating that fits with your lifestyle and make it a healthy one.
Okay. I'll shut up now. 🙂
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