I have been a coach for almost 6 years now, and I have heard some of the craziest things. Heck before I did this, I tried some crazy things.
Now that I know better, I am always surprised at the things my clients tell me they’ve heard.
I did some research on the top diet tips and came up with my personal top 3 to IGNORE:
#1: Calories In vs. Calories Out = It Doesn’t Matter What You Eat.
Okay so we’ve all heard about the guy who only ate like twinkies or whatever and lost weight. I get it. The thing is that while the scale may go down, what about everything else? He looked terrible, felt terrible, ended up with insane junk food cravings and more. In the end, he was worse off than when he started.
It’s about nutrition density. What does that mean? It means the nutrients you get for each calorie you take in. Think about 100 calorie snack pack of Oreo crisps. Yes it’s 100 calories, but it’s essentially NOTHING that your body can use.
What if you took that same 100 calories in a dark leafy green, fresh fruit, Shakeology, or avocado? A huge amount of nutrients that your body can use, and none of the chemicals that it has to work hard to get rid of.
Plus, those whole foods aren’t going to give you cravings for more crap later on, making it more likely for you to stay on track!
#2: Stop Snacking So Much
One thing my clients say to me is that they want to be able to stop snacking. This is NOT a good idea. Snacking is good for you!
If you make poor choices when it comes to your snacks, then it’s possible that snacking is not working for you because you are choosing the wrong snacks.
Ideally you would be eating every couple of hours at least, and keeping meals under 25% of your daily calories, so they almost all look like snacks.
This will keep your blood sugar steady and keep you from over eating on the next meal!
#3: Treat Yourself, You Deserve It for Your Hard Work!
Nothing makes me cringe more than when I see a workout check in on Facebook, of someone “earning” their beer and burger for the night or an ice cream sundae as a reward for killing it in the gym all week.
There are SO many other ways to reward yourself for your great work. Consider finding a non-food or alcohol related reward.
Perhaps set a monthly goal so you can do something bigger, like a new outfit, or spa trip, etc.
Remember, the REAL reward is reaching the goal you are going after and feeling amazing!
I hope you find this helpful and I am here if you need anything at all for your health, fitness, or nutrition!
Have a happy and healthy week =D