Not seeing the results you expected from your ‘diet’ regime? Do you feel like you have been on it forever? Don’t worry, you’re not alone.
What is ‘diet’ anyway? The word 'diet' comes from an ancient Greek word meaning 'a way of living'. ‘Diet’ also means ‘the kinds of food that a person or community habitually eats’. And somehow over the many years ‘diet’ became this: “a special course of food to which one restricts oneself, either to lose weight or for medical reasons”. Medical reasons aside, people mostly ‘diet’ to lose weight by restricting calories, food groups, or both. Sounds pretty straight forward, right? So why is it that most ‘diets’ don’t actually work?
The truth is every single diet works, as one way or another it controls a person’s calorie intake. The problem is that most people fail to stick to a ‘diet’ long-term, often due to external factors such as stress or a lack of understanding of what is happening to hormones, lack of sleep or lack of support from family and friends. We are so focused on looking for a quick fix, a magic pill, a revolutionary detox, any latest ‘diet’ from a health magazine cover that promises us a rapid fat loss in a matter of weeks, that we rarely ask ourselves:
“Is this something that I can stick to for a long time and make it a way of living?”
Exactly as the Greeks defined it, all those years ago. So how can you find a ‘diet’ that works and that is going to be sustainable for longer than 3 months? Well, a good diet needs to have an equal mix of healthy and enjoyable.
A typical Western ‘diet’ consists of foods high in everything – high carb, high fat, highly processed, high calories. It is very enjoyable, but extremely unhealthy. Then there is the other extreme that is super healthy but really not all that enjoyable. If you don’t enjoy your ‘diet’, it is not going to work for you. You want to be in that sweet spot where your ‘diet’ has an equal mix of healthy and enjoyable. A ‘diet’ should have a variety of whole and nutrient-dense foods while allowing you to eat in a way you enjoy.
There isn’t a perfect one fits all ‘diet’ out there, but there is one that is right for YOU. It won’t be perfect, because perfect is kind of boring and hard to stick to. But it will be both healthy and enjoyable that you can consistently follow. Our new SLIMPossible 6 week program uses ‘personal preference and lifestyle’ approach, building healthy eating and exercise habits. At Susafit we don’t believe in the 80% nutrition and 20% exercise rule, we believe in 100% of both. Our goal is to ensure you are able to be consistent with a nutrition plan supported by an exercise program. We aim to set you up for long-term success rather than short-term failure.
CALL US – or pop in (studio opening times can be found on our website: www.susafit.com) to speak with either Susa or Oly. We’d love to meet you!