Say No To Extreme Dieting
We are only a few days away from 2022, which is weird because I still think ten years ago is the 90’s.
The combination of the holidays and a new year may have you thinking about your diet. Before you try something extreme, ask yourself this question…
“Will I be able to sustain this diet one year from now?”
If you can’t see yourself sticking to your diet one year from now, you need to re-think your strategy. If you don’t like the way you eat, you won’t stick to it for long. It will only be a matter of time before you jump ship and end up regaining the weight.
In my opinion, the fitness industry is to blame. The industry has done everyone a disservice by touting quick fixes, supposedly magical supplements, diet plans and extreme exercise programs.
The idea is, if you eat or take [fill in the blank], you’ll have the body of your dreams in [fill in the blank] amount of time.
Can these things help you lose weight and get stronger? Yes, but usually not for long.
Here is a conversation I’ve never had…
“Coach, I would like to drop 20lbs in the next 4 months and then slowly gain it back, along with an additional 5-10lbs by the end of the year. Can you help me with that?”
Unfortunately, yo-yo dieting, extreme programs and the “all-or-nothing” approach does exactly this.
The goal of fat loss is to lose it forever. The goal of strength and conditioning (cardio) is to obtain and maintain a level that allows us to live a robust, high quality life. The ones who win at this (being happy with their OWN definition of fitness and health) are the ones who stay at it after everyone else quits.
Consistency and effort are the magic.
For those wondering what to do….
I say take imperfect action. Choose a simple task you’re confident you can do – like controlling portions or showing up for personal training twice a week – and do it.
You’ll be amazed at how all the small wins add up.
Coach Dom Lucibello