And by that I mean that I don’t follow a set eating plan. A list of rules that lay out what I can and can’t eat, when i can eat or how much I can eat.
Somethin’ bout following an arbitrary set of rules, which have been set out by someone who doesn’t even know me, just doesn’t sit well with me.
Shocking, I know.
Because I am usually all for conformity and following the well-travelled road. Ha!
But, aside from my intense dislike of complying with bulls**t restrictions, there are plenty of other reasons why no-one needs to subject themselves to a prescribed diet EVER AGAIN.
Any diet you follow will restrict you, whether that be not eating food that the diet deems ‘bad’ or setting maximum calories or macronutrient ratios or telling you when you can eat.
Food instantly becomes a pain. How many calories does this have? Does it contain gluten/fat/dairy/sugar? It is low carb?
I mean, who cares or has the time to analyse this sort of stuff?
Diets focus on fixing an external problem. If you are overweight/not happy with how your body looks, then going on a diet can appear to be a good move.
However, being overweight/unhappy with your body was not caused by you not being on a diet, therefore, going on a diet won’t fix it.
Diets don’t encourage you to explore your relationship with food, why you are overweight, or how your body reacts to different foods.
If you don’t know these things, then changing your eating habits won’t help!
You need to know how you got to where you are in order to ensure that you don’t end up there again.
Which is why most people jump from diet to diet; they expect a solution when, at most, all diets can offer is a temporary respite.
Diets lay out rules to be followed – it doesn’t matter if you are hungry or craving cheese while trying vegan.
They teach you that their rules are more important than what your body tells you.
Nothing is more important that listening to your body. Your food requirements fluctuate over time and you need to be able to respond to that. Diets don’t account for you having your monthly ‘visitor’ or having a crazy adrenaline filled weekend or hitting it extra hard at the gym. You are still expected to stick to whatever the diet says.
This is probably my biggest gripe with diets, you need to follow the rules set out and hence you need to conduct your life around what you can or cannot eat.
I mean, who wants to go to a restaurant and feel that they are not allowed to have dessert??
Definitely no fun! Especially when there are some truly epic desserts out there.
Or feeling hungry after a massive gym sesh because your post workout snack had to be 200 cal??
Ugh. No thanks.
Bottom line – Embrace eating what you enjoy and focus on making the best food choices for you in the moment, listen to how your body responds to different food, or how your mood or energy level fluctuates with what you eat. Learn and adapt.
Food needs to accommodate you and your life, not the other way around.