if the worlds on a diet and its getting bigger ..........
Are you one of the many that have started yet another diet this January after been on and off a diet all of last year, massively over eating at Christmas with the promise to yourself of putting it right in January with yet another diet, only this time you will stick to it because your motivated, this is the year that you find a diet that works and that you can stick too.
The only problem is to most the word diet actually means that your going to be be crazy restrictive, eat in a manner that's so foreign to you that you cant understand it one bit, going to eat foods that wanna make you cry because its so bland, boring and repetitive, you already know your not really gonna stick to this diet so what you even trying for ?
What does your eating habits look like now, do you know that your over weight or gained weight because you have over consumed food, taken in way too many calories. Does how your eating right now look the exact opposite of how you used to eat, so you have switched to eating chicken & broccoli, when you used to eat burgers, chips, ice cream. What if i told you that to lose weight all you had to do was reduce the burgers, chips and ice cream ? Would that not work better than trying to eat at the other end of the scale that's so far away from what was normal to you, do you think that there is going to be more chance of you sticking to your weight loss goals by simply reducing or by eating chicken and broccoli till you wanna cry ?
The fitness industry is obsessed with clean eating, eating healthy, telling everybody that they should all be eating natural foods, meal prepping, its crazy, do you honestly think Mr & Mrs Smith that are over weight, don't eat any where near what people describe as healthy are honestly just gonna change years of bad eating habits, and over consuming, by switching to eating chicken & broccoli, really ? have you ever been over weight ? Trust me making grand gestures with how you eat isn't going to last. As an industry if we keep telling people to clean eat, eat healthy and its failing massively do you think we should just shout this message louder ? Or maybe we should try something different, try to understand where people are now, have them make sense of where they are now, simply advise them to cut back a little, maybe move a little more, does this sound more sustainable ? Do you think this is far more realistic approach for Mr & Mrs Smith ?
I can tell you personally that when i was way over 300lbs of fat, and i started on my own personal weight loss journey, i completely ruined my relationship with food and messed up my metabolism, not to mention many a failed relationship because of the way i was behaving, by trying to fit in with what the fitness was preaching, yes i ended up extremely low body fat, looked amazing on the outside, but it certainly was never gonna last and didn't last, i gained a lot of fat weight back, spent many years fighting that voice that said your meant to look a certain way because your in the fitness industry, the fitness industry portrays that ripped look, preaches that chicken and broccoli meal prepping mentality, the only problem was that its not sustainable, its certainly not how i wanted to life my life, a life full of restrictions and terrible relationship with food, oh its a lifestyle they say, its not a very good lifestyle when its held back by stupidly restrictive practices that people don't wanna talk about, and its not even close to the majority of people like Mr & Mrs Smith that are over weight, obese, unhealthy, the very people that the fitness industry really needs to start doing more to help.
Lets stop with the diet mentality, its not working, its time for a different approach.
ian Glass fitness
Blog of Ian Glass, formerly obese, founder & owner of Ian Glass Fitness, transforming people through health & fitness, physically & mentally.