Flexible Dieting

Let’s get one thing straight. There are no ‘bad’ foods. Foods aren’t bad. Some food contains greater value in terms of vitamins, minerals, micro and macronutrients, yes. But there are no bad foods whatsoever.

There are, though, bad diets. You can have a slice of pizza. Or you can have a whole pizza. Obviously, one contains a lot more calories than the other. But this doesn’t make pizza ‘bad’. Especially if you love pizza like me.

This is why I also dislike diets that cut out or reduce a huge quantity of one particular macronutrient. These are mainly either fats or carbohydrates. This can work for some people, but fir me, personally, it takes the enjoyment out of food. I feel we should control our calorie intake, but with a healthy balance of fats, protein, carbohydrates and micronutrients. Combined with a regular exercise program, this is a winning situation.

What I also dislike with dieting is a massive calorie restriction. Bu over restricting calorie intake, you are setting yourself up for failure. This all or nothing approach is what makes yo-yo dieting and binge eating a problem with people trying to lose body fat. Restricting yourself too much will leave you feeling drained and low energy levels. This will lead to physical and mental fatigue and you are far more likely to smash a full packet of biscuits. So instead of this, why not create a smaller, less dramatic deficit. This way you will still feel energetic, and you can still allow yourself the odd treat (aka mars bar) as long as it stays within your calorie goals. This creates a far more sustainable ‘flexible’ diet, which eliminates a lot of the stress surrounding ’dieting’ and will help you to reach your goals.

But think long term investment in yourself, not a quick fix.