Your Guide to Steering Clear of Exercise Fads & Diets
Now that we are a few weeks into 2021, I thought this would be the perfect time to discuss why you should steer clear of exercise fads and diets.
Most people kick off the new year wanting to exercise more, eat healthier, and become a better version of themselves. But, you know how it goes with New Year’s Resolutions, you start off completely KILLING IT – good for you! Then something happens to knock you off your path, and before you know it, you’re back to where you started… maybe even worse. This is why it’s important to have SMART goals.
Well, believe it or not, diets work the same way. You start off great! You’re down 5 pounds, you’re starting to notice that your jeans aren’t so tight anymore – you are UNSTOPPABLE. Until something happens to knock you off your path. Whether it was a busy week or the beach vacation you dieted and lost weight for has now come and gone.
Whatever it was, those 5 pounds you lost… they’re back… and they brought 5 extra pounds with them. Now you’re looking at yourself in the mirror wondering how this happened to you. Again.
Now let’s break this down and talk about why there is no best diet.
There Is No Best Diet
What does it mean when I say that there is no best diet? It simply means that people are diverse. Every single person has a different body type, a different fitness level, a different budget, etc. NO BODY IS THE SAME. So, what might work for one person, won’t necessarily work for another.
Do diets work? Yeah, most people do lose weight when they go on a diet. Are diets REALLY that healthy? No, they absolutely are not.
Majority of diets are not designed for a person to be on for an extended period of time. Why? Because they aren’t practical. Nobody is going to want to eat only salads, celery, and drink only water for the rest of their lives. That’s not realistic and that’s not good for you. Your body needs a variety of nutrients that most diets don’t provide.
Do Diets Really Work?
Diets might work in the short term, but long term they are not good for you. Have you ever heard of “Yo-Yo Dieting?” Yo-Yo Dieting is also known as “weight cycling.” It’s where you go on a diet, regain what you lost, and then go on another diet. It causes weight to go up and down like a yo-yo. With yo-yo dieting, over time it actually becomes more difficult to lose weight. Since your body has gone through so many cycles of being restricted food and nutrients, it actually holds onto the food you eat even longer because it’s not sure when it will get food or nutrients again.
Food Is Not Fuel
Your body is not a machine that just needs to fuel up. The human body is MUCH more complex than that. When we eat, we’re delivering messages to our body. Food/the act of eating sends instructions that kick off a chemical chain letter. Every food choice is an opportunity to direct, shape, and remake our health, our body composition, our performance, and our well being.
If I Shouldn’t Diet, Then What Should I Do?
If you want to lose weight and become healthier, the best thing to do is make a lifestyle change. Make sure that you are getting good, quality nutrients every day. Don’t just eat healthy for a week and then eat junk the next. You need to commit to treating your body well. When you eat better, drink more water, and exercise daily, not only will you physically feel better but you will mentally feel better too.
Whether you’re following one of our K Squared Fitness programs or doing your own exercise program, make sure that you’re being active on a regular basis to really gain long term results.
If you’re not sure where to begin or need extra encouragement/motivation, I would strongly recommend one of our workout programs! We would absolutely love to have you as a part of our Fitness Family and help you reach your health and fitness goals! You can browse our website and reach out to us with any questions you might have just by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org .
What’s one fad diet that you’ve tried before?