Dieting : Expectation VS Reality

Walking into a diet with huge expectation can be one of the most fatal things. Expecting optimal results within a week is just not achievable so it’s important to remember a few things.

A lot of people start diets every year, and a lot of people don’t lose the weight or gain it right back. It can be difficult emotionally, physically and financially to “diet” and when the results aren’t what we’re hoping for it can be down right upsetting. Below we are going to cover why diets don’t usually work and why we gain weight after them.

Why “Diets” Don’t Work

Walking into a diet with huge expectation can be one of the most fatal things. Expecting optimal results within a week is just not achievable so it’s important to remember a few things.

Firstly, losing ten pounds a week is not sustainable for your body and isn’t healthy. Losing 1-2 pounds week after week is something your body can do and do so healthily.

Secondly, any diet that requires you to wildly restrict caloric intake is probably not a good idea, as your metabolism will adjust to the limited caloric intake and the second you start increasing calories to a healthy amount per day your body will start turning it to conserved energy due to being starved for how ever long you dieted.

Thirdly, most diets don’t account for nutrition if they focus only on caloric intake. Eating the right foods is far more important than caloric manipulation.

Fourthly, diets don’t work because we look at them as short term goals and not lifestyle changes. Realistically if you ate a healthy diet based on whole foods and reasonable caloric intake you would lose weight until your body found its happy BMI.

How To “Diet” Right

Well the secret isn’t secret ingredients or magic pills. It’s eating the right foods at the right time. Make sure you are eating enough nutrients to support your body and don’t eat before going to bed. Enjoy fruits and vegetables in a fun way. The big secret is healthy living, eating well and fuelling your body. That being said, always consult a doctor before making huge dietary changes.

Salads are boring, so make them delicious with fruits, nuts, vinaigrettes and protein like chicken. Forcing yourself to eat foods you don’t like is a surefire way to cause failure in your dieting.

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Be flexible in your thinking! Eating one cookie to satisfy a craving or one double cheeseburger isn’t the end of your weight loss story. You satisfied your craving, good, now continue with your intended meals and keep losing the unwanted weight. Thinking that its all over or your day is now ruined by “cheating” a little bit leads to binging instead of just satisfying a craving.

Find support in your journey! There is no reason to go at it alone. There are so many groups and individuals who can help motivate and support you in your goals!

Have set goals in mind and track your progress. A lot of people give up because they feel like they aren’t achieving anything due to the scale stubbornly not moving! Remember to track your measurements as well as your weight and take a before picture to contrast where you are during your journey. It seems like a small thing but being able to physically see the difference can change your attitude towards your journey for the better. (Downloadable tracking sheet at the end of this article).

In the end, dieting means a lifestyle change and a commitment to your health and body. It’s not a short term project, a weekend of cleansing, its a long term relationship you build with the fuel that feeds your body. This is so important, as you only have one body in your life, so it’s worth respecting it and taking care of it from the inside out.

If you have any tips or comments please leave them in the comment section below!


Why Almond Milk Is The Greatest Beverage

In the last few weeks I have been living by almond milk and it is a truly versatile beverage.

In the last few weeks I have been living by almond milk and it is a truly versatile beverage. You can replace so many things with it! I have an intolerance to dairy that makes it unpleasant at times to rely on milk and yogurt to use in recipes, so almond milk has been a great replacement.

Raspberry Cheesecake Smoothie

Using almond milk in smoothies instead of milk or yogurt reduces the calories and allows for a creaminess you just wouldn’t find with water, it also adds a gentle sweetness to the smoothie.

Strawberry & Cinnamon Smoothie Bowl

Almond milk in cereal, what a revelation. Its so smooth and again, has a gentle sweetness that makes higher fibre and healthier cereals taste better.

Almond milk also has a much longer shelf life, so less wasted product and money.

Over all I have come to believe that you can replace almost anything with this magical liquid. I’ve made almond milk ice cream, smoothies, sauces and dips and I must say they’ve all turned out really well. In most cases I have simmered down the milk to thicken it for recipes and it has yielded better results than I had expected.

I would like to try making a similar recipe to the Japanese agar agar drop cake with almond milk and pectin, as I believe it would be absolutely delicious. I think I would pair it with a vanilla and brown sugar sauce, as it seems the flavours would complement each other well.

Almond milk on its own is a delightful beverage, refreshing and satisfying. There are mixed reviews on almond milk in coffee, I personally really enjoy it heated, but my man doesn’t like the aftertaste of the warmed milk. So that one is for each person to determine on their own.

I also believe that almond milk would pair well with cashew while cooking chicken, and I intend to try it, as I think the creaminess of the almond and the sweetness of the cashew would make for a delightful flavour combination for many dishes where you would cook with milk.

This is the brand Ryan introduced me too and I’ve been loving it since he got me to try it.

Let me know down below what your favourite recipe is with Almond Milk!

Is Intermittent Fasting Good For Weight Loss

There have been a lot of fad diets, especially in the last two decades, but intermittent fasting isn’t about cutting back your calories to an extreme or doing liquid diets.

Does Intermittent Fasting Work?

Intermittent fasting is by no means a new idea. Throughout history fasting has been common to elongate food supply or for religious reasons. Now days it’s more commonly known as a weight loss system.

There have been a lot of fad diets, especially in the last two decades, but intermittent fasting isn’t about cutting back your calories to an extreme or doing liquid diets. Now there are two main types of intermittent fasting. Daily fasting consists of limited caloric intake during a part of the day, whereas full day fasting consists of not eating during a 12 to 24 hour period.

Let’s start out with daily fasting. It’s about using your calories as efficiently as possible. Eating during times of the day when you will be burning more calories and not eating during times of minimal activity. If you have a very active morning but limited movement in the afternoon, you would consume most of your calories in the morning, and stop eating in the early afternoon.

For a full day of fasting may sound like you don’t eat during the day, but that is untrue, unless being done for religious ceremony that requires it. In a usual day of fasting you would take supplements (vitamins, botanical solutions) a lot of water, tea or light juices and between 400-600 calories in snacks throughout the day. Not eating anything at all in a whole day can have consequences on your digestive system. Ensure you stay well hydrated during this time.

Now both of these methods have health benefits, but for weight loss, daily fasting is a very efficient way to increase your weight loss results without cutting more calories. That being said, eating a healthy, balanced diet is important and without it weight loss is difficult to achieve no matter how you organize your calories.

If you’ve used either method for weight loss or to maintain a healthy lifestyle please let me know down below.