Ever feel like there are just too many silly diet ‘rules’ when it comes to eating healthy or eating to get/stay lean? There are diets based on how often you eat, other diets based on eating specific types of foods at certain times, and still more diets based on avoiding certain foods or entire food groups to help you achieve a lean physique.
There’s the classic, eat 6 times a day. Skip one meal and your metabolism is going to slow way down. You’ll never be the same. You better make sure you have food on hand at all times because if you miss that 10:00am snack it’s going to take you days to get that metabolism fired up again.
Then there’s intermittent fasting which is all the rage lately. Don’t eat breakfast. Don’t eat lunch. You can’t eat until 2:00pm. I don’t care how hungry you are. You had dinner last night around 8:00pm so you better not eat until 2:00pm or those abs are gone forever.
You’re Paleo? No peanut butter for you (did you know peanuts are legumes and not nuts?) and that better not be milk I see in your coffee. How are you ever going to make any progress towards your goals?
I’m not trying to be a jerk here. I actually believe each of the three strategies can really work to help you achieve your weight loss goals and ultimately can lead to a healthier you.
I’m going to be working with more clients on their nutrition in the near future so I have been thinking a lot about this. Although I will certainly be recommending different strategies for each client based on their goals and lifestyles, I wonder if sometimes we over-complicate things.
What about if you kept your nutrition habits a little bit more simple? What if every single time you were going to eat something, you ask yourself why you are eating what you are about to eat. If you have a good reason (even if it’s because you love ice cream and you’re at a place with a flavor you have never tried!) then eat it. If you don’t, find something else to eat or wait until you’re truly hungry.
Obviously, the hope here is that most of the time you’ll be eating things because you’re hungry and want to fuel your body with healthy foods (still not sure when this whole eating healthy foods thing became ‘weird’) that help you reach your fitness and/or weight loss goals.
I know I’m really over-simplifying things with this theory, but just wanted to share it as some ‘food for thought’. (wink wink)
Have you ever found yourself sticking to silly diet rules even though they didn’t really make sense for you?