If you have ever tried to improve your eating you may find yourself following the sequence below…
Step 1: I heard that Janice (acquaintance) is really losing a lot of weight on that 30-holes diet thing… Maybe I should text her to see if I should try it. The love handles are showing a little too much love these days.
Step 2: Let me google this…Oh…, it’s “Whole30.” Whoops. Wait… I can’t have a granule of sugar for 30 days unless nature made it?! Sugar cane is technically…nature… right? So…. I CAN have sugar??? Im confused.
Step 3: YOLO! I’ll give it a try.
Step 4: Forget this. Forget the dang girl scouts and their cookies! Im going to curl up with a pint of Ben & Jerry’s and watch re-runs of Grey’s Anatomy.
Obviously this may be a tad exaggerated.
But there is no denying that there is an element of truth to it. Maybe you are the one this sounds like. Maybe you have tried over and over with different diets but it always ends up with you saying something along the lines of “abs aren’t worth the trouble” and you quitting on your health and fitness goals altogether.
So where did you go wrong? Did you even DO anything wrong? Maybe, maybe not. Here is my take.
For starters, I think that the desire to undertake a diet shows initiative. To me, I see that that someone, maybe you, desires to change bad enough to undertake a radical change in the way they eat.
This is good.
They desire a better health profile, want to feel better and let’s just be plain honest, they want to look good and fit in the clothes they wore when they were in their aesthetic prime.
But what is the best way to go about this? IS there a ‘best’ way to go about this?
Here’s the answer you want to hear:
Here’s the answer you don’t want to hear:
I often say that the term ‘it depends’ is the best answer in the health and fitness industry, and it’s because that there is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach.
It just doesn’t exist.
Parents will get this reference better than most. Others can infer.
Do you parent the same way you do with your first-born that you do with your 3rd child? Or 4th? Or 5th?
Because they are different people, with different strengths and weaknesses, different habits and different approaches to the same task.
Whereas Jimmy might eat his breakfast with proper etiquette and manners, Harold is making a cave painting on the table with his scrambled eggs before shoveling them down the hatch with his bare hands.
Good luck treating them the same.
The same rule applies when coaching people toward better health and fitness.
In the beginning of this article, Janice did great on the whole30 diet. You did not. Janice is telling every one of her friends to do the whole30. You wouldn’t recommend it to your worst enemy. Janice eats ‘gluten free.’ You think gluten tastes fantastic. Hell, maybe you don’t even know what gluten is. OR CARE!
What works for one person does not necessarily mean that it will work for you.
The bit take-away here is, you can actually accommodate your eating preferences into a plan that works for you. You may have to make trade-offs here and there, but that is ok.
And just because it seems like everyone else is benefitting from the latest diet craze does not mean that you have to do it, or even that it will work for you.
You are a special snowflake of a human. Embrace it and do what works for you because it is your life.
That being said, if you need help figuring out what works for you, I am only an email away and I would love to hear from you. Shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
I will answer all of your questions, even if they may not be fitness related. I will forgive you.
ALSO… if you enjoyed this article, or if it spoke to you in any way, I would be tickled pink if you would kindly share it with your fellow humans. Thanks a lot!