I try very hard not to mention the word 'diet' when I am talking about nutrition as the word has been hijacked by a multi-million pound industry that relies on the failure of 'diets', your failure and subsequent dip in self-esteem, to sustain itself.
It's no good even talking about a healthy, balanced 'diet' as all people hear is the word 'diet' which says 'hungry'; and 'balanced' which says cake and salad. Instead, I like to talk about nutrition and get back to the bare bones of facts v myths.
So here they are:
- FACT There is no such thing as a naturally slim person.
They DO NOT exist. Stop kidding yourself.
People who are slim are that way simply because they take in the same calories as they expend. It's a simple equation. Calories in = calories out = stable weight.
That does not mean that all slim people are healthy. There are plenty of slim people who are physical wrecks.
Sometimes you can tip the balance in your favour just by upping your activity levels but for most people, it is going to involve fewer calories.
But, remember, not all calories are created equal. Which is why I hate points systems. They encourage you to look at the caloric intake rather than the nutritional intake.
- MYTH I've tried every diet and none of them work.
Diets don't work, that's true.
But diets would work if you were to stick to them 100%. Guaranteed. Diets don't work because you cheat.
So why do you cheat?
You cheat because most diets are ridiculously unattainable for the vast majority of people.
So, you need a nutrition plan that is so perfectly designed for you, so simple and easy to sustain that you understand you are not on a diet and therefore don't cheat.
You also need to remember that there are no naturally skinny people. They are that way because of the equation. No other reason.
So there is going to be an element of control and an element of restraint. You know that eating cakes, pies, pasties, biscuits, mountains of pasta and bread are going to make you fat. It isn't rocket science. You know that. So accept that a bit of it is going to be hard work. There is no magic wand.
But there is you. And you are so much stronger than you think you are.
that little voice in your head that says, 'I can't,' is LYING!
So this is why when I talk about food and drink intake, I talk nutrition, not diet, not calories, not points.
I do not believe in counting calories.
I do not believe in a point system.
I do not believe in scales.
I do not believe in quick fixes.
I do not believe in feeling unbearably hungry.
Any nutrition plan that I give you on K-Loss is about making you feel good, giving you the energy you need to lead a fit and active life, giving you the nutrients you need to nourish your body, making it sustainable, achievable and not a misery to follow, while at the same time addressing where it is you are going wrong. It involves a lot of discussion because each one of you is unique. You can't just pick up nutrition plan and make it work, it has to be tailored to suit you.
So, do yourself a favour.
Ditch the diets. Scrap the scales. Cut the crap and nourish your body how it deserves to be nourished.
Take a long, hard, honest look at your food and drink intake. You know what you have to do.
But just in case you have forgotten, make a positive start with these tips:
- Cut flour
- Cut sugar
- Cut processed anything
- Fill up on fibrous carbs instead of starchy carbs
- Never eat or drink low cal, diet, low fat etc products.
I'm not saying it's easy but it is simple. No excuses.