Updated: Oct 30
What should I eat? I get this question all the time. Like there is a “magic pill, bullet, vegetable or cookie” that is going to change everything. Meaning you will never have to diet, exercise or deny yourself (your cookie) ever again.
Well, it just ain’t so. There are too many variables at play for one thing to be the answer.
I know there are plenty of diets out there that purport to be the key to finally losing the weight and belly fat once and for all. Some of the more popular ones are Keto Lite, Mediterranean, Paleo, and Intermittent Fasting as a way of eating.
And all of these have something in common. They are making you be mindful of what you are eating, by being restrictive in some way and you are actually consuming less because of this awareness. Guess what, you will lose weight.
Second most common question? Which is best - cardio or strength training?
Again, there are many exercise regimes and equipment that are sold as the solution to your fitness (and weight loss/maintenance) goals. Some people are now going back to the Burn Bootcamps, CrossFit and personal trainers to get back into or stay in shape.
Exercise alone doesn't work as evidenced by the number of Pelotons, treadmills and other home fitness equipment that is on sale on Craigslist, eBay and Facebook marketplace.
Many people opt to either restrict their food intake or workout more to make the changes they desire.
Here is the fatal flaw in both strategies, as we look to change our health and our shape through diet and exercise alone. It will not be sustainable if you can’t stay motivated.
It will not be sustainable if:
you get bored.
it is too restrictive.