I here it all the time, through both friends and family, “I am (going) on a diet”. Everyone knows of at least one individual who is either on, or has been on a diet… I have lost count of the number of people who have stated that phrase to me, and to be honest I have been in that category as well.
Trust me, I have been in your shoes! I have tried almost every diet possible to man; The Atkins Diet, Weightwatchers, Low-Fat, Macros, Low-Calorie… just to name a few. The one thing that was the same with all of these “diets” was that they were never maintainable, and, quite frankly, they sucked! There was never a moment of happiness while following one of these diets, not even when the weight dropped because it was never enough! I was never happy with how my body looked.
So what has changed?
My philosophy? There are no good or bad foods. There are nutrient-dense foods, and less nutrient-dense foods. Enjoy them both! There are so many contributing factors as to why individuals gain weight, but it is most definitely not just the fat or carbs you eat.
Why has food become something that we fear when food is what keeps us alive?
Carbohydrates give us direct energy, protein helps regulate the structure and function of our cells, organs and tissues, and fat does a myriad of things such as regulating our hormones, and insulating our bodies… and even those descriptions barely scrape the surface as to what these macronutrients do.
1) Don’t stress over food
2) Enjoy your life
There is no need to conform to societies standards of the “perfect body”. Our lives are truly a blessing. The more you fret about how many calories you are eating and/or burning, the less you are to enjoy other aspects of your life (who doesn’t want to eat cake on their birthday?!).
To sum it all up, find balance. Eat the foods you love, but also fuel your body with wholesome foods as well. Hit the gym when you can, and don’t stress if you can’t. Work hard, but also find time to relax. Live your life!