Fad diets have been around for a long time and aren't going anywhere. People want to lose all of the weight and they want to lose it now despite it taking years and years to put it on. To avoid the consistent work of sustainable weight loss, people will try all of the latest fad diets promoted by "fitness gurus" including Keto, Intermittent Fasting, Vegan, HCG Diet and more. Some see results, some do not, and most of those who do see results end up gaining their weight back and then some because they could not maintain that diet/style of living. What can add to the confusion is that people success stories and "studies" backing these diets and why they supposedly work. Entire books and cookbooks have been written by qualified and unqualified fitness/medical professionals on each of these diets and why this is the best way to lose weight. Due to the pressure of making money and coming up with something that will "revolutionize the fitness industry," these very smart people will give people incorrect information as to why they are actually losing weight.
Why do people lose weight on fad diets?
Before I get too deep into this, I ask you to take in the information I am telling you without trying to interpret what I am not saying. Also, read the entire argument before you come at me with your own evidence and studies on your favorite fad diet and why it works. I am not trying to trash these fad diets, but rather, I am trying to shed the light as to why they work. Believe it or not, ALL of the fad diets for weight loss off the same ONE principle. YOU LOSE WEIGHT BECAUSE YOU BURN MORE CALORIES THAN YOU CONSUME! You don't lose weight on the Keto diet because it's Keto, you don't lose weight on Intermittent Fasting because of the fasting, you don't lose weight on a Vegan diet because you only eat plant-based products, and the same applies to all of the other Fad diets. Does that mean that all of these diets are bad? Not necessarily, but it is important to realize what actually causes weight loss, a negative calorie balance, not magical qualities of these fad diets.
So all Diets are bad?
This is where my above disclaimer comes in handy where I said to not read into what I am not saying. Obviously, not all diet strategies are bad, but the key is finding one that is MAINTAINABLE FOR YOU. For exmaple, if you are more likely to maintain your diet plan and calorie deficit on a Keto diet, then do a Keto diet. Same thing applies with Intermittent Fasting, Vegan, etc. I will go into more detail on each of these diets in the coming weeks, but it is very important to find something that you will stick to long term. So now that you know what drives weight loss (calorie deficit, not magic fad diet science), what should a diet incorporate?
What to incorporate in a weight loss diet
1. First and foremost, you will want to make sure you are eating fewer calories than you burn. If you need to know how many calories to eat you can either contact me, look up a metabolic rate calculator online or download MyFitnessPal and enter your information.
2. Make sure that you are getting adequate protein. An easy calculation is 1 gram of protein per pound of bodyweight. If you are calculating based on a percentage of calories, protein should make up about 20-30% of your calories.
3. Make sure you can sustain this plan long-term. Long-term meaning the rest of your life. If you cannot maintain it for the rest of your life, then find something you can do. No need to make it overly complicated.
Remember, there is no need to make this overly complicated. Yes, there are better diet strategies than others (in my opinion) but start simple and build as you become more assimilated in your healthy lifestyle. If you would like to get started with your Online Training program, contact me and let's get started!