When clients, friends, family, strangers ask about my personal fitness practices many of them are shocked because they can be the total opposite of what the fitness world is preaching today. So here are 6 of the diet practices that I no longer follow, why and what I do instead.
(☺️☝🏼Please note this is what works for my body and may not work for yours.)
1) Carbs earlier in the day and never at night, so you can burn them not store them.
I limit my carbs in the day and have a dinner that is heavier in carbs. It helps me sleep like a baby and when I sleep well, so much else falls into place because my hormones don’t struggle. This diet practice, that is the opposite of a typical bodybuilding diet practice, is what helped me recover from my burnout and one I still use today to maintain my physique and consistent energy levels.
I don’t eat my first meal till about noon and have the best energy and hormonal balance when I practice this. Many people have been bragging about Intermittent Fasting and though I’m not one to push practices on people (because everyone is at a different stage in fitness and have unique genetics) I have benefitted from a loose / modified fast in the morning.
I do not suggest everyone just start fasting. There are a lot of factors to take into account. You can always hop on the phone for a Free Fitness Audit with me to discuss this. (Free for first time applicants only.)
I will say that I’ve worked with a number of people who just weren’t breakfast people and they got great results with energy improvement and body change without adding in breakfast.
3) You must eat 6 meals a day to lose fat / keep muscle.
I eat 1 light lunch, a small snack and a large dinner and that keeps my body pretty consistent. I personally do not enjoy the lifestyle of constantly thinking of my food, bringing around tupperware and taking that much time out to eat. I also just don’t like to be full all day.
Don’t get me wrong, there are definitely body types and clients who need and benefit from this style of eating, but it’s just personally not for me and that’s okay.
4) You must meal prep.
I hate meal prep and tupperware with a passion. I eat out 50% of the time and in a way that works for my hormones and body. #AdaptableEating is my practice that makes my “diet” sustainable.
Because I’ve found a way that works for me and that I enjoy, it has become extremely sustainable! I suggest you do the same 😉
I actually give myself a little treat almost daily, I call them #SanitySnacks, and if I go out to eat and want to indulge in a full treat, I do because I’m eating well 80-90% of the time.
I was one who was fully in the deprive-binge cycle which resulted in my weight constantly yo-yoing from a US pant size 3-9. From years of experiencing that failure of a cycle, I now know that it doesn’t work for me one bit.
Call me a rebel, but the heavy rules and restrictions just drive me crazy! Tell me I’m not allowed to do something and that’s all I want to do. When we make things a big deal, they become a big deal!
6) You need protein supplements for results.
There’s a time and place for supplements but I mostly eat real foods and occasionally eat a protein bar / cookie but don’t depend on them. I think protein supplements are great for those who are too busy and need protein sources that are convenient or need an alternative for their sweet tooth to reach their goals.
But no, you don’t NEED to use protein supplements if you want results. Real food is great.
These are some of the most common practices that I hear people stress over when it comes to getting in shape. It’s always fun to see their reaction when I mention I do none of them and I love enlightening them on the real truth.
I know you have a lot of questions in regards to how to eat for fat loss and so I’ve created a Free Hormonal Fat Loss Workshop just for you. It’ll help you get some clarity on what needs to happen and what doesn’t so you have a clear plan of action. Click here for access to the workshop.