For 99% of people that I talk to on a daily basis at the gym, dieting is confusing. And for good reason. Depending on your word choice when you type into Google, the search engine is ready to feed you whatever info you want to hear, rather than the right information you’ll need to actually see results.
Whether its self proclaimed “miracle coaches” or your basic, run off the mill chicken and rice diet, its easy to get mislead. However, I like to offer clients a more functional approach to their nutrition. Let me explain why.
For starters, there is not one diet that will flat out “get results in 14 days” or “build your dream body”. Consistency does that. And there isn’t any “miracle foods” that will jumpstart your metabolism like the jackass on “V-Shred” tells you there is. No fat-burning teas, no self cleanse, will ever do what consistent calorie intake will do for your body over time.
In all of my diet or nutrition plans, I believe sustainability is more important than a strict protocol, even if that sacrifices the time in which you could’ve completed the goal. We are going for lifestyle changes, not flashy diet trends.
Studies have shown there is only 1 thing you need to do in order to lose weight through nutrition.
Be in a calorie deficit.
Its that simple. However you get there, that’s what you have to do.
What I typically tell clients to do, and this has been proven to work in most instances. Is to sit down, and write a list of foods you could eat everyday. Typically 3 foods/meals for each time of day. And reassess the portion size of whatever you’re eating. Thats the best place to start. From there, you can get a grasp on what you’re actually taking in everyday.
This is what I like to call “intuitive dieting”. Arnold and some of the greats relied on this and for good reason. Instead of weighing out your food, making eating miserable, enjoy your food, but in reasonable portions. For example:
Say you’re out at a restaurant for lunch and have a slip up on those ever so tasty French fries. You know they’re full of carbs, grease, and everything else. Instead of beating yourself up, significantly lessen the carbs on your next meal, or skip them altogether to balance everything out. Be Smart. Don’t continue the landslide. It doesn’t have to be the end all be all of your diet that day.
So in conclusion, quit googling the latest flashy diet, and control what you can within your everyday life for a happier, healthier look at diets, that you’ll actually stick with.