Why Are There So Many Diets Out There?

Do you feel overwhelmed by all the diets? Is your Facebook wall filled with posts like:

“I drank these shakes and lost 50 pounds!”

“Shakes don’t work, you have to chew your food, and I’ve lost 50 pounds!”

“I started Keto and lost 50 pounds!”

“Keto doesn’t work, you NEED carbs, and I’ve lost 50 pounds!”

“Eat less calories and workout more. I’ve lost 50 pounds!”

“You have to eat every 2 hours or it kills your metabolism!”

“Don’t eat so often, it’s what makes you gain weight!”

“I went vegan and lost 50 pounds!”

“I went gluten free and lost 50 pounds!”

“Cardio is the best way to lose weight! I run every day and have lost 50 pounds!’

I think you get my point. But I could totally keep going.

There is LOADS of conflicting information out there, even among fitness experts, nutritionists, dieticians, and doctors. Everyone seems to have “the way” that is going to work.

And if you’re being honest, how many of those claims have you followed? How many times did you see something someone else did that worked for them so you decided to do it too? And how many times did it not work?

I’m going to be honest here. I HATE how often I see people trying to say that their way is THE way, and nothing else works.

We are each unique. And I don’t just mean you are so special and wonderful and unique and awesome. I mean, physically and biologically unique. We all have different genes, different hormones levels, different body mass, different muscle mass. We all have different metabolisms, different gut health, different activity levels. So many things about each of us that make us physically unique.

That means that effort each of us, there is a specific way our body will perform at its best.

That is why there is so much conflicting information out there. What works for one person may or may not work for another person. Just because you tried Keto and your body didn’t respond to it, doesn’t give you the right to say “Keto doesn’t work” as a general claim. Because it DOES work for other people.

Just because cardio works for you, doesn’t give you the right to say cardio is the only way. Plenty of women do not get those same results from cardio alone.

Maybe you are simply the woman getting caught in the crossfire. You are seeing all these claims and you are so confused. You are overwhelmed. You just want something that will work. You are tired of feeling like crap. Tired of being overweight. Tired of hating yourself.

I get it. I was there too, for a long time.

So what’s a girl to do?

I’ll tell you.

It’s time for you to cut the crap. Stop looking for a magic answer. Stop looking for a quick fix. Stop chasing everyone else’s diet.

It’s time for you to take control of YOU.

You are going to have to test your body. Find out what it responds to the best, while paying attention to how you physically feel. And then you keep altering things just a little until you find your sweet spot. That spot where you are losing weight, gaining energy, and still have your sanity.

But it’s a process. It’s not something that you are going to figure out overnight.

So what is the process?

Here is where it gets a little tricky, because at the very core of what I’m saying is there is no one right answer that will work for everyone, so how can you design a “plan” to follow? That being said, I have myself followed an approach, and have also taken many clients through the same approach,  and we all managed to dial into what works and doesn’t work for our own bodies. Let's walk through the basics. 

  1. Drink more water - everyone will always benefit from more water. How much? A starting point is half your body weight in ounces of water MINIMUM, per day. This means if you weight 200 pounds, half is 100, so 100 ounces of water each day. If you are breastfeeding, highly active, or work outside in the elements you could need even more.
  2. Reduce highly processed, chemical filled foods. It’s time to learn how to read ingredient labels on the food you purchase, and when you see a list of things you can’t pronounce and you don’t know what they are, you don’t consume it. Your body doesn’t recognize chemicals. It can’t process it as food because it’s not food. It is foreign.
  3. Reduce sugar consumption. Again, you have to read food labels. Sugar is not just in our sweets and treats anymore. It’s in almost everything. Look at the label on your peanutbutter. On your kids crackers. On your yogurt. Look at the label on your pasta sauce. On your chicken stock. What is listed? I bet there is sugar or a form of sugar listed. It’s time to change to different ones that do not have sugar in them.
  4. Exercise. How much? What kind? You decide. What will work in YOUR lifestyle? Do you have 60 minutes a day? Or maybe you only have 10 minutes a day. It doesn’t matter what you do right now, all that matters is that you get moving regularly. Something that will get your heart rate up. The only reason you would need to have a specific workout plan is if you are working on specific strength training goals, want to train for a marathon, or something like that. But if you are simply trying to live a healthier lifestyle in general, then just do something you enjoy doing. Maybe you love hiking. Maybe you love playing tennis. Maybe you love to dance. Maybe you really love weight lifting. GREAT. Do it.  

Everyone will benefit from making these 4 simple changes. Do it for 2-4 weeks, and see how much the scale moves. See how many inches you lose. I bet you will be surprised.

From there, you can then start testing more specific nutritional methods to see how your body reacts. You want to test things out for 3-4 weeks before moving on to another thing. You may try keto for 4 weeks for example, and then do 4 weeks of a more plant based lifestyle, followed by 4 weeks of carb cycling. Maybe you want to try intermittent fasting to see how your body reacts to that.

Whatever you decide to try, make sure you are not just following the fad version. Do your research. Or hire a coach. Or get help from your Chiropractor. Something. If you are going to truly test different methods, you have to make sure you are doing them correctly, and that you know what to watch out for.

I know you have spent so much time looking for THE answer that is going to help you finally lose weight and feel better. And you are frustrated because it hasn’t worked. But hopefully this shows you that the only reason it hasn’t worked, is because you haven’t looked into your own body. It will tell you what works. It will tell you what it needs. But you have to be listening for it, rather than trying to force it into all these different diet boxes.

Have faith in yourself. Have faith in the process. Trust yourself to learn to listen to your body.

You can do this. I know you can. And just in case you do want some extra help learning how to test things out and find what works for you, send me an email. [email protected]

You can do this. Confidence comes from action. So go.

And remember to live a Life Fueled by Faith.

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