There are a lot of fads and diets and programs out there. ‘She looks so great, she’s been only eating kale and boiled chicken for 2 weeks!’; ‘He looks super lean, I think he’s doing a keto diet.’
I’m not going to lie, the first option there sounds positively horrific. Even if you were able to get all of the nutrients you needed by eating 2 things for each meal, I wouldn’t be able to handle eating the same thing every day. Sometimes if we have too many leftovers I get bored with them! I definitely get food ADD.
Google search ‘best diet for weight loss’ or ‘best diet to get lean’ or ‘best diet to eat healthy’ and overwhelmed with options. You’ll get returns such as Paleo, Low Carb, Keto (which is pretty much just an extreme version of low carb), Whole 30, Sugar free, Intermittent Fasting. While I don’t have any problems with any of these, they aren’t for everyone, and most likely not the best place to start for most people.
That is why it’s so important to figure out what works for you. Each of our bodies are different, and are going to react differently than the person next to you.
So how do you find out what works? First of all, if you are starting out on a new healthy eating platform, I highly encourage you to start slowly. To choose Whole foods – things with one ingredient. Such as: apple, watermelon, carrot, oats, olives, flax seed, kale, salmon, turkey, beef, egg. If you can get as much of that in your diet as possible, you’ll have a head start. Then add in other products with few ingredients, all ingredients that you can read. Then add in a few guilty pleasures, because life is boring if you don’t indulge every so often.
If you are new (or restarting) a healthy lifestyle, jumping in to a super restrictive diet plan that will only allow you to eat certain things- are most likely going to make it hard to follow, and could make you feel like crap initially as your body will be going through a sort-of shock from the drastic change.
Now, if you have your healthy lifestyle down to an art, and want to try something new, that is where I would recommend throwing in some new options. Go slowly, transition into a program gradually so not to shock your system too much. It will also help make your adherence (and results) to a program greater. Also, do your research. Make sure you are actually following the correct program. There is a lot of garbage information out there. Set yourself up to have the best results possible.
After doing these things, if you’re not seeing the results that you want? Its possible that the program isn’t the right one for you. There is no harm in switching it and trying one that works. There is nothing wrong with that. You wouldn’t force a square peg into a round hole, so don’t do that with your nutrition either.
So, like anything you do. You need to go through a period of trial and error. It may work on the first try. But admitting that a program isn’t for you is just fine too. However I encourage you to not give up. Just because one doesn’t work, does not mean that the next one won’t. Play around with it. Find something that you like, something that you can maintain for a long period of time, something that makes you feel great.
Coming up with a healthy living lifestyle is simple. And yet very complicated. There are many things to consider. Have you every been confused where to start? How many carbs you should eat? Which produce to chose at the grocery store? How to be able to do all of that and still have a life? One way to help get you on the right path is to find a coach that helps you along the way. That helps you come up with habits to take the overwhelming amount of information and strategies and provide it to you in the correct portions to help make you successful.
Interested in getting a nutrition coach? I am taking a few new clients, starting in July who want to work on some of these goals. If you’re interested in getting some more information on finding a nutrition coach, Please send me a PM on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/danilivehappy/ or Instagram https://www.instagram.com/live.happy.eat.happy/?hl=en for more details! I’d love to speak with you to see if this is something that will fit for you! I’m excited to hear from you!