Part One: Food For Thought
Roughly two months into 2020 and your weight goals have fallen to the wayside? You are not alone. According to businessinsider.com, 23% of people abandon their New Year’s Resolutions after just one week. The rest of us make it to mid-February before giving up. Exercising, eating better, and losing weight are all achievable goals. So why do so many of us have so much trouble sticking to the plan? There’s not one universal answer to this question but if you are one of the many who are searching for the key to success, keep reading!
Being honest with where you are beginning
When meeting with clients for the first time, many of them insist that their diet & nutrition is “not that bad”. When asked how they have come to this conclusion, most refer back to the amount of food they are eating. “Okay, so you weigh and measure your food?” The answer is almost 100% no. A diet being “not that bad” or using the “everything in moderation” rule is all subjective. What is moderation to one, might be restrictive or indulgent to someone else. Data is the only true way to paint the whole picture of what you are putting in your body. Until you know for sure, using measurable data, that your diet and nutrition is “not that bad”, your opinion of what you are eating is just that – your opinion.
For some, weighing and measuring food is not a sustainable lifestyle. For others it is a necessity. And then there are the vast majority that fall in the middle. Regardless of where you fall on this spectrum, weighing & measuring your food is the ONLY way to get a clear, honest picture of where you are beginning. Hell, even your GPS can’t tell you how to get somewhere if it doesn’t know where you’re starting from.
Weight and measure your food for just 1 week. Log it all – every meal, snack, drink, treat, cheat, and bite of your kid’s leftovers. Seven days of data can go a long way to set you up for success.
Setting the path to success
Now that you know your starting point, it’s time to figure out where you want to go and the best way to get there. There is an infinite selection of diets, detoxes, nutritional plans, approaches, and insta-gurus who will offer the “best” solution. Many of these programs are cookie-cutter excel templates you pay for and then you are on your own. Some sell you supplements & shakes saying only their products can help you get your goals. Some even manufacture food products, label them with their logo as “healthy”, and then sell them to you under the assumption that they will help you lose weight. Everybody is willing to take your money but most are not in the business of helping you get to your goals. They are in the business of making profit off of your continual failure to do just that. If you succeed and reach your goals, & maintain them, these phony baloney folks go out of business.
Any program that creates a dependency on their systems or products for success is bullshit.
Read that again.
The best approach to any nutrition program is one that is a sustainable approach that creates healthy changes, educates you along the way, & gives you tools of how to finally make the changes for long-term success with your diet & weight loss goals. Working with an objective professional that understands this approach is the first step on your path to success.
Best in Health,
Look for Part Two of our nutrition series coming soon –
The difference between Paleo & Keto, Zone & Macros
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