I don’t want to get too hippy new age love fest on you guys here, but on the subject of dieting here’s a bit of an epiphany I just had.
Selected highlights follow, you can read the whole thing over on my wordpress.
The empowered approach to dieting:
- Train strategically towards your goal body. Note that this does not mean “exercise to burn calories”, as well.
- Know your actual requirements in terms of total calories (and macro ratios) to support your healthy goal weight and allow for fuel, recovery and adaptation to training.
- It’s actually quite a high number of calories, isn’t it?
- Understand that your body will find a use for everything you consume up to this point, and there’s a lot of space to balance some of the foods you want to eat for enjoyment in a plan to meet your macro-nutritional needs.
- Make a distinction between indulgence and over indulgence.
The five steps above make for an empowered approach in that planning to meet your dietary requirements is actually quite easy once you know what those requirements are and dispel any of the myths that usually get in the way of a sensible, sustainable weight management plan.
Being empowered means being in control and being able to make the right decisions to ensure success. The opposite would be the usual, pessimistic, guilt ridden, restrictive and deprivation based approaches. How often have you heard people saying “I really want to lose weight, but I love [particular food type] too much”, or “I really want some [insert food choice], but I can’t because that’s BAD”, or “I feel so guilty because I cheated on my diet” and so on?
When you have an empowered approach, you know you can fit plenty of the foods you enjoy into your daily plan, and you also know that when you do really, REALLY feel like something that’s not a part of the plan you can get away with it… as long as you don’t over do it and as long as you don’t make a habit of it. This puts you in control, and you’re far more likely to think “I know I could have that if I really wanted, but I’m going to have something more nutritious instead. Because what I really want is to take one step closer to my goal today, and every day”.