Take charge of your relationship with REAL FOOD! Say good-bye to diets, fads, hunger pangs, lack of energy, and crabby patty days! Say hello to enjoying eating again while still revving your metabolism and losing fat!
Are you constantly on a “diet”? Have you tried and succeeded at EVERY one?…and then failed? The big ones out there are book ended by Weight Watchers and Jenny Craig. They’re good, to a point, but there are restrictions with points, calories, and even food groups. They don’t teach you how to continue past graduation. Now, I don’t have an issue with any of them, except they aren’t helping you create a normal relationship with food for the long haul. This means you’ll go on and off most of them in a cycle for the rest of your life. They’re counting on it! When they high five you after your last meeting, they’re hoping you’ll spin around and cry “I’ll be back!” You lose weight, feel better, reap the applause from friends and family. Then a few months down the road you start to notice that some of it is creeping back on! Now what? Re-enlist? Work out harder? Fasting? Detox? Panic???
Perhaps you turn to the companies that literally do ALL the work for you. They prep and pre cook a carefully portioned series of meals designed to keep you in your restricted calorie allotment for the day/week. All you have to do is open it, reheat, and eat! Sometimes the food is even delivered to your door step! How convenient is that? Again, there is nothing wrong with this system as it provides a service to busy people and those who just don’t have a clear concept of portion sizes. In many cases it’s a great jumping off place to head down the healthier lifestyle path.
There are three inherent problems though that ultimately lead to this diet’s demise.
The first is that it’s expensive!
The second serious problem is that typically you are given a calorie restriction simply based on your gender. 1200 calories for women and 1700 calories for men. This does not take into account your age, medications, hormone levels, current size, muscle mass, or exercise status. It’s a one size fits all, only it doesn’t always fit! Sometimes you’re “rewarded” with extra calories if you say you’re exercising, which is ambiguous at best. This can’t work long term. and will actually slow down your metabolism even more as your body tries to adjust! YIKES!!!
The third problem is complacency. It all starts off well and good, goals are met, and you feel better. What did you LEARN though? Could you continue making those meals for yourself? Would you really bother to take the time to plan, shop, prep, and cook without any instructions or guidance? Did you learn WHY certain foods are paired together, or how to make them tastier without sugar, salt, and extra butter? Probably not. So… the pattern starts over…
This is when you need to get real with yourself. Accept patterns in your behavior, forgive the mis steps, and take a step back to think about what you’ve been doing to your poor body all these years! You starve, feast, eat weird stuff you don’t like, work out like a crazy person, take over the counter “Fat Burners” YIKES!, and try numerous fad diets the latest A lister used to drop 40 pounds in 6 weeks after having a baby because they’re the “experts”, right?
What if there was a BETTER way?
What if I told you that you can lose fat, gain muscle, change the shape of your beautiful body, have gobs of energy, a healthier relationship with food, better sleep, AND a stronger libido (WooHoo!) without torturing your poor metabolism? YOU will be in charge of choosing the foods YOU like to eat, the physical activities YOU enjoy, and YOUR schedule. It doesn’t matter if you like to eat two times a day or five! Like to workout at midnight? No problem. The point is, weight loss and healthy maintenance doesn’t have to be hard! It doesn’t have to be rigid, and there isn’t one plan that works for all people. It’s trial and error, experimenting, and learning to discover what works for YOU! It’s not only possible, it’s the most sensible and realistic way to build a healthier lifestyle for the rest of your life!
The first step is making a VERY detailed food log to focus in on what you’re eating NOW. When do you like to eat? What foods come to mind when you need “comfort”? Do you tend to eat more at the end of the day? Do you eat breakfast? How long after waking? How much water do you drink in a day? Look over your list after a few days and make notes. Check for patterns and “repeat offenders”. Does this make yoore conscious of what you’re eating? This is the first and MOST important step as we begin the journey. Ready for the next steps?
It really is a journey worth taking! Contact me at Beth@Balancedlifeproductions to get started!
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