Have you ever tried something new and then found yourself down a rabbit hole with no idea how you got there? Kind of like a cult? Diets can sometimes be that way too. People seek out new fad diets just because they don’t know what to do and need some guidance.
The next thing you know, you’ve “pigeonholed” yourself into eating things only because they are “vegan” or “keto” etc. Guess what…Oreos are vegan! That doesn’t mean that you should eat them just because you started following a vegan diet that claims to have health benefits.
Instead of designing your meal plan around what you CAN’T have; focus on including things that are GOOD for you that you CAN have! Diets are limiting, but our body’s potentials are limitless and should be fueled for that.
People “diet” for many reasons like certain guidelines for health, social preferences or religious practices. But almost always, diets are desired for weight loss. Listen, weight loss may be a struggle for a lot of people but the science is very simple: CALORIE DEFICIT.
The amount of calories you consume should be less than the amount you burn for weight loss to happen, that’s it! Fueling your body with fresh, nutrient dense, raw ingredients and making sure that your calorie intake is appropriate for your activity level is the way to go.
This may seem difficult if you’re not used to cooking, but it’s pretty simple. Here are a few tips to get started:
- Start the week meal prepping. Cook a few different types of lean protein with a few different vegetable options so that you can mix and match.
- Do your research. Start investigating food. When you delve in to the science of food and what different ingredients can do for your body, you’ll be more likely to include them in your diet.
- Make it fresh. Stick with wholesome ingredients. Cook your food and don’t eat from a box. If you can make it from scratch with minimal processed ingredients and added sugar and fat, chances are it will also be lower in calories and match up with your fitness and weight loss goals.
Don’t get so caught up in what you’re following, so much that you get away from what is right for your body. Keep it simple and fuel your body with the right things. Dieting and meal planning will seem much easier to stick with if you feel great and aren’t fussing at yourself for things that you “aren’t supposed to eat.”