Have you tried diet strategies and meal plans in the past and fallen off them in no time at all? That's probably because a one-size-fits-all diet plan just isn't a realistic choice for most people, especially busy women with a million other things on their plate for the day. These diets touted by actors and health "gurus" aren't a long-term solution, and are generally tailored to the sort of person with a lot of free time on their hands to spend planning exact meals for the week, counting calories/fat/carbs/you-name-it, and hitting the gym. Most women I know just do not have the time or patience for that sort of thing! Between taking care of families, getting ahead at work, keeping up with social groups, and taking the odd moment to relax and treat ourselves, who has time to spend figuring out the latest fad in dieting culture?
The statistics show that for the average person, a drastic diet like these popular ones is only effective for a short time, if at all. We've all heard of "yo-yo" dieting, and that's exactly where the term comes from. Following a cookie-cutter diet plan will maybe help you lose a few pounds in the short term, but because it isn't a sustainable life change, once you stop following it, that weight gets put back on in no time and you're back to looking for the latest way to diet again. Intense restriction of your food consumption is a recipe for misery and resentment, not a healthy way to treat your body.
Trying to follow a strict diet plan is also unrealistic when it comes to the day-to-day decisions you have to make. Going out for a lunch meeting? What if there's nothing on the menu that suits your current fad diet? Going to a friend's house for dinner? What if they make something delicious that you aren't "supposed" to eat? What if there are no high-protein, low-carb options in the vending machine when you need a snack partway through the day and didn't have a chance to think about packing one earlier? Being put in these kinds of situations just during the course of an average week will have you feeling like a "failure" for not following the rules of whatever diet is currently in vogue with Hollywood stars.
When you try to follow a predesigned diet plan, you aren’t thinking for yourself or making changes based on your life. You are taking a generic set of recommendations, which some "health" authority tries to apply to a very diverse group of people, and hoping it will work for you. Different people have different bodies and different needs — why expect a single set of instructions to work the same way for everyone?
The key to successfully losing weight and keeping it off is making small, simple changes to your everyday life which can help you be healthier in the long term. These sorts of changes are going to be different for everyone, depending on their jobs, activities, age, lifestyle, and a plethora of other factors. You're an individual who is unique in so many ways, so why would you settle for a diet plan marketed to the masses which is only actually effective for a very small percentage of people?
In the end, what matters is the knowledge you have on the topic, and knowing your own self. If you learn some of the fundamental concepts of nutrition and how to apply them to your own life, it means you can make choices that will work for you. Making these sorts of changes tailored to your own lifestyle, time, and preferences will give you the flexibility needed to eat healthier for years to come, and not just help you drop 10 pounds for "bikini season". You need to be able to eat the foods you want, when you want, and make decisions that fit your specific needs with ease, even when those needs change with your life. Nobody is in a static, unchanging place — life is busy and unpredictable! If you want to achieve real results like increasing energy and being healthier, you need to think for yourself.
Of course, it can be overwhelming to know where to start. There is so much information out there, and many ideas in the popular nutrition narratives can seem contradictory. It can be difficult to know what to apply to your own diet and lifestyle in order to make healthy long term changes. That's where personalized nutrition coaching comes in. Having a health coach provide personalized support and guidance tailored to your specific needs can make the journey to a healthier lifestyle that much simpler.
To decide if health coaching is the right way forward for you, I invite you to schedule a free initial consultation with me. We will discuss your health goals and your current lifestyle to determine how I can best support you in making the changes necessary to achieve those goals. If that sounds like the sort of assistance you could benefit from, please feel free to contact me: http://stephaniekatherine.com/contact
Do you have any thoughts on cookie cutter diets you'd like to discuss? I'd love to hear about your good or bad experiences with them, and what you've found that works for you. Leave a comment below!
Stephanie is a Holistic Health Coach who specializes in helping busy women honor themselves, their family, and their future by showing them how to streamline their life, eat better, create more energy, and make better decisions thus decreasing stress. Find out more at www.StephanieKatherine.com
Stephanie is a Holistic Health Coach who specializes in helping busy women honor themselves, their family, and their future by showing them how to streamline their life, eat better, create more energy, and make better decisions in order to decrease stress.