“OMG, I was so BAD this week! “
“I shouldn’t have all that pasta or dessert”
“I’ll be better from Monday! Promise!”
As a Fittr Coach, I get to hear this all the time. Who knows, maybe you’ve caught yourself or a friend say something just like this.
It seems as if more and more people end up getting trapped in this endless spiral of “Yo-Yo Dieting”. You start a diet with great gusto only to cheat on it in a matter of days. Feeling ashamed and regretful, you make all kinds of resolutions and promises, only to fall off the wagon again!
⭕𝐖𝐡𝐲 𝐝𝐨𝐞𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐡𝐚𝐩𝐩𝐞𝐧?
Go online or talk to your friends and family and you’ll receive loads of unwarranted advice on food. The world seems to be divided into two camps: those who have found the ultimate superfood and those who are looking for it.
The problem is not the food itself but the way we look at food.
We’re constantly told that this food is good and that is bad.
➖White Foods are bad because sugar and rice make us fat and – you’ve guessed it – they’re both white!
➖Carbohydrates are evil – especially if you eat them at night.
➖Fats make us fat.
➖Protein gives us kidney stones – and makes women masculine!
➖Then, there are those who will only eat organic and non-GMO because everything else gives you cancer.
All this gives rise to fad diets and food psychosis.
Instead of seeing food as something that gives you nourishment, you start fearing food – or worse still, treating it as a drug!
In a world where we are constantly misled about food, how do we keep a sane head? How do we stop looking at food through a moral lens and start seeing it as a way to fuel our body?
➖The answer is 𝘌𝘥𝘶𝘤𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯.
⭕𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐢𝐬 𝐟𝐨𝐨𝐝?
Food is a source of energy and nutrition. It gives us Protein, Fats, and Carbohydrates – the macronutrients – and provides us with energy. Be it your pizza, chocolate, a bowl of rice, protein shake, doughnut, a serving of mixed greens brimming with dressings. It goes into our body, gets digested, metabolized, and used by the body in the form of energy.
The thing you need to understand is that different foods have different nutrient profiles. Some foods contain more nutrients and fibers than others.
⭕𝐇𝐨𝐰 𝐬𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐥𝐝 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐚𝐩𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐚𝐜𝐡 𝐟𝐨𝐨𝐝?
Start seeing food for what it really is – a source of energy and a means to keep your body in good working condition. Once you adopt this approach, you will start choosing foods that provide a complete nutritional profile.
And don’t be too worried about calories – those can be adjusted to your individual needs so that you enjoy your favorite foods AND continue to stick to your diet.
As with everything else, moderation is the key.
What are your thoughts on food? How has Fittr helped you think differently about food? Comment below.
Certified Nutrition & Fitness Consultant
An Engineer turned nutrition & Fitness Consultant and Educator.Aims to bring lifestyle changes with sustainable approach to achieve health goals.