When we think of the words 'diet' and 'weight loss', the third word that usually comes to mind is 'misery'.
Eating nothing but 'bloody rabbit food', dry chicken and broccoli, adding a sloppy, hardly-edible juice all seem to be the advertised 'essentials' for successful weight loss. Because everyone else is suffering to lose weight, you needed to suffer too. Misery loves company and if it wasn’t miserable enough, it obviously won't work - or so you have been led to believe.
I want to talk about how and why you should fuel and trust your body.
An essential-nutrient deprived diet will make you ill
A typical diet involves sticking to a set plan (which is total bullshit by the way), regardless of how you feel throughout the process. Strict diets rob your body of vital, essential nutrients.
You may have been led to believe that you have to eat every two hours, even if you are not hungry, or that you have to wait until the next planned meal, even if you are ravenous.
These diets are all too common and will make you sick. You will become both physically and mentally fatigued, and as a result your training will suffer. Your professional and personal life will also become erratic and subsequently crash. Once you feel like this, the diet fails and you give up. Why would you put yourself in this situation in the first place?
These plans are not sustainable. Your nutrition plan must be geared towards longevity and for that to work, it must be sustainable and adaptive.
Listen to and trust your body to know what's best
Listen to your body, it can be trusted. Do not force yourself to think that you are becoming carb intolerant, gluten intolerant, adrenally challenged, hormonally unbalanced, toxic etc. Stay away from the notion that a magic supplement or extreme diet works. It’s all in your mind and once again, you must change your mindset.
The idea that you cannot be happy unless you are thin or lean will destroy every aspect of your happiness. It’s a fallacy and it is toxic to your life.
You must learn to listen to your body and trust your mind. However, this does not give you the excuse to turn a cheat meal into a cheat day. If your nutrition plan has all of the necessary nutrients, cravings should be largely avoidable.
Fuel to perform
Set your goal of 'I need to lose weight at any cost' aside.
Focus on establishing strong, positive beliefs. Below are a few beliefs that you could chose to adopt and incorporate into your life:
- Be happy in this present moment, regardless of your weight
- Believe in and visualise a healthier, leaner version of yourself
- Healthy eating is about nourishing yourself, fuelling your performance and NOT about punishing yourself
- Your body is a weapon and it can achieve so much more.
Once you adopt these beliefs and begin acting on them, amazing things will happen. A true transformation will occur. Your body will communicate what it actually needs.
Once you ask yourself if you are truly hungry and how will this food will improve your performance, you will begin to get very clear signals. Not only will you be more in tune with what your body needs to eat, but also with how much rest, relaxation and hydration you need.
You will find yourself making better food decisions because you are no longer punishing yourself, and instead focusing on nourishing yourself. You will form a desire to eat foods that nourish you, fuel your performance and help you feel great. Most important of all, they will satisfy you because they taste delicious. You will lose weight, and kept it off, effortlessly. That’s longevity. That’s sustainability.
There is no magic pill or magic diet
Remember this. There’s just hard bloody work and an enduring process that turns into a journey and on that journey you discover something far more important than mere aesthetics. You discover your true self, your true worth and that is priceless.
- Reece #noexcuses