Do you feel like you are constantly being told what to eat, when to eat, what not to eat, and why everything will kill you? Do you hear about all these diets people are trying and have a ton of success on and why you should do it too? You aren't alone. Keep in mind that no one is going to go on the internet and brag about a diet that they tried and were unsuccessful.
I want to point out that social media in general is a business. They are trying to make money and are trying to sell you diets, quick fixes, and magic pills/teas/etc. I say this all the time... everything in your life should be in moderation. There is no quick fix or magic waist band that will make you lose 10lbs in a week. If there is, just keep in mind that as fast as the weight comes off, it can be gained back. If you are losing a ton of weight very quickly, chances are you have made drastic life changes that are not sustainable. If they are sustainable, awesome, you are the 2% of the population where they work. For the rest of us those drastic life changes usually leave you feeling defeated because progress has stopped, you are eating around 1500 calories a day (or less), and you are thinking that the only way to lose weight is to eat less. NO.
I want you to reflect for a few minutes and think about the past 5 years of your life in relation to your diet.
Have you tried a diet, it worked and you stopped because you were at your ideal weight?
Did you gain the weight back?
How many diets have you tried?
Were you ever not dieting? When I say "not dieting" I do not mean you weren't trying to eat healthy. I mean you are restricting yourself from things you like to eat from time to time like ice cream, cookies, etc.
Have you truly ever been happy with how you looked?
Do you feel like you are exhausted from hearing all of your options on social media?
Do you feel like everyone on social media has abs and you just can't figure out why you can't get yours to pop?
If you said yes to any of these questions, chances are you need to take a break from "dieting".
Self care. We need to start loving our bodies so our bodies can love us. Take a break! Yes, it will be scary but yes, it is needed. Our bodies run on the food we provide them with. If we aren't fueling our bodies, we are going to be in survival mode. This means that when you eat, your body will store the food because it doesn't know when it will be getting the next meal.
So what should you do now?
First, relax. Find ways to relax every day. Bringing down stress will be a HUGE factor in seeing results.
Second, start eating more nutritious meals. What does this mean? Eat some veggies. Your body will thank you. Have veggies with every meal and eat quality meats. There are a lot of hormones put into generic meats so getting grass-fed/free-range/organic/etc. is worth it for your health in the long run. Go ahead and throw a couple pieces of fruit in there as well.
Third, sleep more. Check out my instagram for reasons why sleep is important! @dfit_nutrition
Fourth, let yourself eat something "bad", enjoy it, and move on. It doesn't have to be an entire pizza, or a whole carton of ice cream, but allowing yourself to eat something "fun" every once in a while is okay. This shouldn't be with every meal but if you want a handful of chocolate chips, a slice of cake, or a piece of pizza at a party, IT IS OKAY. Get back to normal for the next meal. Don't let one food choice ruin your entire day. One "free day" tends to turn into an entire weekend of binge eating.
Fifth, smile. You got this. No need to stress. No need to eliminate all the processed foods there ever was. No need to stop going to restaurants. Pick a couple of foods you like and just go with it! Try something new!
Email me if you have questions about all of this! I would love to hear from you!