Hate is a strong word, but when it comes to the word 'diet', it's exactly how I feel.
It hit me the other day how many shows there are on the telly that are about overweight people. There's a channel on Foxtel that is practically dedicated to it, however 50% of these shows are celebrating obesity and the other 50% is about how life threatening it can be. The one thing that both these types of shows have in common is that they use the word 'diet' when it comes to losing the weight.
How confusing is this? I think it's bullshit.
In these shows, they're both put on 'diets' when they really need a complete lifestyle overhaul. Dieting is a word that describes a temporary eating pattern and that is why I can't stand when people say they're going on a 'diet'.
How about you try...
A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE CHANGE.
Being healthy shouldn't be something that you temporarily do because you need to lose weight. If you diet, you lose the weight and then you're happy, how do you suppose you're meant to maintain that weight? OH, LIGHTBULB MOMENT!
Eating well and exercising should be part of a healthy lifestyle. These obese people on TV try all the fad diets and most of the time they fail. If they lose weight, they most often put the weight back on because it was something they did for a short amount of time.
Let me use myself as an example:
I have suffered from eating disorders. I lost the weight very quickly, and to maintain my ridiculously (and DANGEROUSLY) skinny frame, I would have to have kept starving myself. I was like this until I fell pregnant with Madi, and when I started to eat normally again to be able to have a healthy pregnancy, I put on weight faster than normal simply because my body was in limbo.
This is what I looked like when I tried an unhealthy and unsustainable 'diet':
On the other end of the scale I have also prepped for a fitness competition. Now, people prep for these comps in many different ways, I went by the IIFYM (if it fits your macros) method. This meant that I could eat foods that fit within my given macros (protein, carbs and fats) and majority of these were from clean sources. By following this method I was able to live a healthy lifestyle rather follow a comp 'diet'. When I was done with my comp, because I hadn't gone by a ridiculous diet that is very difficult to maintain in real life, I didn't stack on weight. I give full credit to my coach for helping me to achieve this method and lifestyle. I always tell girls who ask me about competing that it is a lifestyle, not a phase.
I am hoping that you're all catching what I'm throwing right now because I since having Max, I have not 'dieted' to lose my baby weight, I simply lead a healthy lifestyle and I did this when I competed, I did this when I was pregnant, and I am doing it now.
I eat well, I exercise and I do eat some shitty foods every now and then but that's just called balance. My body asks for good food and that's what I give it. The only filter on this photos is a healthy friggin' lifestyle. No bullshit 'diet'.
Diet is temporary.
Healthy lifestyle is forever.
Think about it.