Should you go on a Diet?

Diets-should you?

I recently had the opportunity to sit at a round table discussion about health and nutrition.

As we sat and talked, one young man gave a very convincing talk about the ketogenic diet and intermittent fasting.

As he talked I started to get captivated because his own personal story was great, but then he said something that shook me from my zone and I realized what I had known all along, diets don't work.

As I was about to ask some important questions, my phone rang and there was an emergency on the other end that I could not ignore.

The opportunity to talk about what was really important was lost. As I chewed on the experience over the next several days I just couldn't ignore the subject and so I decided to discuss it here.

In my health coach training we learned to digest the top 100 diets in 10 minutes and the ketogenic diet falls into this as well. All diets manipulate one or all of these 3 areas: timing, macro nutrients, and/or protein source. They all have the science, the research and the testimonies to prove why their diet is the best and why everyone should do it.

What no diet company has ever done is followed their clients long term to see how they did after the diet was done. Here's the real statistic, 98% of the people who lose weight through dieting gain the weight back in 6 months. Chew on that for a moment. All the pain and suffering and restricting that someone does to lose the weight and it comes right back. That should be required to put on all diet advertising.

  • Back to the ketogenic diet and intermittent fasting for a moment. If you do the diet, yes, you will lose weight, cut fat and look great...for a moment or until you can't take it any more and you say screw it and go on a binge. Then the cravings will set in and the weight will come back. There are also people who should never try this diet because of health concerns. If you have Crohn's disease, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic fatigue syndrome or any type of skin disease, you should not try the ketogenic diet.

Ok, so now what? If I can't or shouldn't diet, what do I do chris? I'm so glad you asked. There are 3 types of eaters.

Type 1: healthy eaters, they eat when they are hungry, they stop when they are full and they generally eat healthy without binging on bad food.

Type 2: emotional eaters, they eat when they are bored, stressed, happy, sad, and anything in between.

Type 3: militant eaters, they are on a very strict regiment and eat to a plan, a guide or a schedule. If they go off track, they will punish themselves by restricting themselves or doing more workouts in the gym to counteract the effects of getting off track.

In my health coaching program, I teach my clients to develop healthy eating habits that last so they can lose the weight they desire and keep it off for good.

Should you diet? On my opinion, NO!!!



Eat your way to lose weight

Just today, I ran into someone who's playing the intake vs output game and losing.  I talked with my friend about his eating habits and he is only eating 1 time each day.  As we talked, I could see his logic in making this choice.  He has limited activity and is trying to eat according to his output. There are many problems with doing this to his body.  I'm going to highlight a few so you can avoid this problem and help set your body up for success.

First, our bodies are insanely smarter than we are.  They can adapt to ever changing conditions to help keep us alive.  When we think we are tricking our bodies into losing weight, we are actually tricking our bodies into slowing our metabolism.  When you eat just one time each day, your body has to make the calories from that meal last 24 hours.  It slows down your metabolism so that you can make it through the day.  

Second, this is both harmful for you and not the way that you should lose weight.  I talk to a lot of people who struggle to lose weight and many of them are not eating enough food each day. They are tricking their body into slowing their metabolism down and reducing its ability to let go of unwanted weight.

The best thing you can do to boost your metabolism is to eat 3 meals each day and make sure you are getting the best quality ingredients each and every meal.