Extreme Diets Don’t Work!
The New Year is right around the corner, and most of you are probably making lots of health and weight loss related New Year resolutions. Good for you for embarking on positive changes! As I was thinking about New Year resolutions and weight loss goals, I couldn’t help but want to share this experience with you. I should really start by rephrasing that extreme diets do work, but they are not sustainable for the long term!
Earlier in 2016, I joined a 6 week challenge with my bootcamp gym. The challenge was essentially an extreme calorie deficit meal plan with minimal carb intake, 4-5 days exercise a week and a 16-8 intermittent fasting cycle.
Did it work? You can see in the photo that it was effective and hell yes it worked. But I was practically starving myself!
Was it sustainable? Not in the long run because as soon as I started eating my normal calorie intake again, the weight came back on. I did gradually increase calories and carb intake and increase my weight lifting routine at the same time.
However, for many that did the same challenge, as soon as the 6 week challenge was completed, they typically reverted back to their original lifestyle and the weight came all back on and then some.
Now I know this is not a new message. It’s not rocket science. It is simply a reminder that as you’re about to set your New Year’s resolution, don’t commit to anything too extreme and not realistic. Make small changes and stay committed because this will add-up to big changes over time.
Here are some suggestions for small changes you can implement into your lifestyle:
- Move more. Instead of sitting down after dinner to watch TV, take a short 30 minute walk around your neighbourhood. Walking is an underrated exercise and it is so good for you! Make it a family routine with your loved ones, as it’s a great way to catch up on your day without any disturbance or distractions from your screens.
- Minimize or eliminate refined sugar! This sounds easy, but trust me you will see your waistline shrink once you become aware of how much sugar (empty calories) is in everything!
- Eat whole foods! This is a simple rule that will save your health and calories. So many pre-packaged foods are full of preservatives and excess sodium, and lack vital nutrients, leaving your body wanting to eat more.
I will be starting another round of Whole 30 on January 1st. If you want to join the challenge, follow me to see what I prep weekly. I will basing a lot of recipes from my new cook, releasing January 16th, that has a lot of Whole 30 compliant recipes. Click here to pre-order my cookbook!
Good luck of your New Year’s resolution and have an amazing 2018!