Why Quick Fix Diets Don’t Work
Food induces the feeling of volunerabilty and the word dieting sends me running to the scale searching for answers on a glass plater.
Or at least this is how I use to feel, but i’d be lying if I told you the mental chatter still kicks up conversation from time to time.
You see, I’ve done every diet that has been out there.
My Keto Catastrophe phase left a bad taste of butter in my mouth and packed on more pounds than I had lost.
The month long juice cleanses had me feeling like a soggy celery with no energy; the hunger pains left my brain scrambled in a mess.
Do I dare mention the time I became a Vegan and it turned into a blood bath with self induced anemia?
What did I learn through all these years of trial and error?
Guilt is a learned behavior and robbing myself of small pleasures has only lead to heavier feelings of discontentment. So in the midst of a lingering remembrance of an eating disorder it was time to seek a bit more balance.
Now the reason I started trying all of these different fad diets was because what I was doing STOPPED working.
Complacency in the form of discontent.
I panicked, I was working out 6 days a week, eating egg whites and broccoli with minimal fat throughout the day. Keeping on myself in a calorie deficit substantially LONG TIME.
It’s not exactly what you eat as it is how MUCH you eat. You see the calorie intake i was consuming was the same amount of calories I took in a few years prior with less exercise, less experience and less motivation.
With any sort of change your body, there needs to be change in your diet as well.
My normal stopped be normal, the numbers didn’t add up, all the crash diets made me literally crash into a fluctuating weight gain down spiral…
That’s when I noticed the symptoms…
I began to experience constant fatigue. I’d fall in and out of decreased energy like someone put a spell on me. I couldn’t make it through a solid day without 5 cups of coffee and at least two naps.
My performance with training began to suffer. A moderate weight left me feeling like Atlas carrying the world on his shoulders. I was getting injured almost every other week. But still I kept pushing it.
My periods started to disappear. What happens when you stop giving your body the hormones it needs? It stops PRODUCING the hormones it needs through caloric intake, it stops functioning properly. Jumping back and forth to each variation of these diets only confused my bodies normal rhythmic pattern to come to a crashing halt.
So, what did I need? I guess a reboot and a serious talk with myself…
A quick fix for any problem is only meant to hold things together until an effective long-term solution is found.
I started eating more, like a lot more – increased my calories and what I noticed was the fear at first and loss of trust within myself..
When you’re so use to giving yourself minimal it’s hard to accept you NEED more.
Loosing myself in dieting only helped me find me again.
Now these diets weren’t a complete loss. Despite the belly aches and bad headspace that they left had taught me a lot. I found out which foods my body reacts well to and which it rejects and the importances of longevity so I had the tools to be better equipped this time around.
Dieting shouldn’t be short term. Feeding yourself food is how you survive so putting a time stamp on something like that seems silly as I write this. So why is that we think we NEED a quick solution for a thing like living?
It’s time we start to venture into our relationships with food, seeing that our mindset has only been imposed by ideals that we read in a magazine.
Eat more. Allow yourself a reboot and give yourself time.
Have patience in living and in learning.
If you need anymore advice on where to go for Nutrition, I’ve been there. We all have. You are not alone.
If you feel stuck and need some more answers on your diet too, check out our Nutrition Seminar Sunday @ 9:00 am for the Basics.
As always, Be well.
Coach Britt. 🙂