Bold statement huh?
In this short post, I’m going to help you find the perfect diet plan for you
But first, let me quickly explain how to lose weight.. because that’s why you’re here right?
To lose weight you need to use stored fat as energy. To do this you need to burn more calories a day than you consume
(This is referred to as a calorie deficit)
So you need to move more or consume fewer calories
That’s it. That’s all you need to do. That one statement sums up fat loss entirely.
Notice how I didn’t mention fruit and veg? fibre intake? junk food or supplements? I didn’t mention carbs or juicing either
It’s really important that you understand that every single diet on the planet works if you are in a calorie deficit. Nothing. Else. Matters.
Let me give you an example;
I have three clients; Mary, Julie & Wendy and they’re identical in every single way, from height to activity level
They all weigh 70kg and wish to lose 5kg
I tell them that they need to consume 1,600 calories a day to lose on average 1 kilo a fortnight. They nod at me and head out the door
We agree to meet in a month to update their body measurements
A month passes and my fictional clients wander up to me and I hop them on the scales. They’ve all lost 2 kilos. Amazing!
I ask them what they’ve eaten over the last month
Mary tells me she’s been on the keto diet and cut out all carbs. She said she’s, therefore, banished bread, pasta and cereals. She’s chuffed to pieces that she’s lost 2kg but misses toast in the mornings.
Julie tells me she’s gone vegetarian, she’s cut out all meat and naturally eaten more vegetables. She’s so happy to have lost 2kg but misses steak night with her husband on a Friday night.
Wendy tells me she’s been using a calorie counting app and has been eating roughly the same foods but has always ensured she hits her daily target of 1,600 calories. She said that she’s enjoyed a few nights out with her friends and even stayed on track at her birthday party.
You see, Mary and Julie didn’t lose weight because carbs and meat cause weight gain. They lost weight because they completely cut out a whole food group
Imagine you had a plate of food with three equals shares of protein, carbs and fats and I come along and take away one of those food groups. Now your plate has reduced by 33%
That’s 1/3 fewer calories you’re consuming. And that’s where the weight loss comes from
Wendy lost weight because she reduced a tiny bit of everything in her diet and tracked her intake!
She had cake on her birthday and wine on her nights out. Wendy lost weight because she calculated the calories and factored them into her diet
This is called flexible dieting
Why I love Flexible Dieting
A couple of months ago I signed up a new 1:1 client who was looking to lose a few pounds.
One early Saturday morning she asked me if she should go on the Keto diet because everyone at work was
I can’t remember how exactly but I deliberately bypassed the question. 10 minutes later when we were doing cable press-downs I asked her what she had planned for Breakfast
She said “oh I’m going for pancakes with my mum”
I asked if she liked pancakes and she said “They’re my favourite”
For those who don’t know. The Keto diet is a zero carb diet
Pancakes are like 80% carbohydrates..!
What people need to understand is to lose weight you don’t need a quick-fix diet. You need to alter your lifestyle
It’s not a 6-week fix and then you can go back to eating what you want. This is the perfect example of a yo-yo diet. You know a diet that gets you NOWHERE!
So you have to enjoy it! I want a diet that allows me to be flexible
This means that Mary can have toast for breakfast and still lose weight
It means that Julie can have steak night with her husband and still lose weight
And it means YOU can eat the foods you love. Create a healthier lifestyle and stay lean all year round
That’s why I love Flexible dieting.. And that’s why I get all of my clients to eat this way!
Thank you for taking the time to read this post, I really, really hope it helps iron out any confusion. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions,
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