The reasons why cookie cutter diet plans don't work
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When you think of eating “healthy” foods or foods for weight loss, what do you think of?
Chicken? Broccoli? Protein Shakes? No we aren’t mind readers, we’ve just encountered many people with the same mindset.
Granted, there are foods that MAY provide more of a physical benefit to us (within context), but the issue remains that having a pre-conception of foods that you NEED to consume in order to achieve your desired results, can often set you up for failure. Especially if these are foods that you don’t like, don’t digest well or won’t realistically fit into your lifestyle.
Health is multifaceted, and we can actually define it into 6 main categories:
As you can see, 1 specific method of dieting couldn’t possibly fulfil the requirements of each category, for every person. Therefore any time you attempt to follow a set diet that hasn’t considered your lifestyle and history, compromises have to be made which may lead to your dieting attempts being unsuccessful.
So let’s look at some of the benefits we see, when getting clients to eat foods that specifically work for them.
Everyone has foods that don’t sit particularly well for them. Regardless of intolerances, even an astute concern about a food you’re going to eat can be enough for your body to respond poorly. That’s enough of a reason for you to not consume it, regardless of how healthy it may be labelled (yes, even veg!).
Of course, we may look at introducing an alternative so that we don’t miss out on the nutritional benefits provided by said foods. For example, replacing bananas because you hate the taste of them, with potatoes to compensate your potassium intake.
Relationship with Food
Subconsciously, a lot can impact our relationship with food; from the last diet you tried, to the remarks you receive from co-workers about your lunch and even your childhood (" no dessert until you finish that plate"!).
One of the best ways to improve this is with education. Yes the theoretical and scientific information will give you a greater understanding, but actually the anecdotal and experiential side of things can help too.
By taking some time to increase awareness of your behaviours around food, you can start to make better choices around meals, as well as respond with positive feelings and thoughts. This is one of our favourite ways to increase clients’ autonomy - their ability to make choices they’re happy with, rather than be reliant on the coach.
Adherence is undoubtedly the underlying factor in any physical journey, transformation or otherwise. If there is no adherence, then there is no consistency, or results.
Adherence shouldn’t require you to have superhuman willpower, instead the journey should be made easy by creating an environment for success. This may include having foods you enjoy whilst still remaining in a calorie deficit, or structuring your highest calorie meal to be in the evening - during family time.
If you’ve unsuccessfully dieted before, consider whether you included foods in your days/weeks that worked for you.
Would you like to find out what works for you from a training and diet perspective? Get in touch to find out more about our Personal Training packages today.