Weight loss, why the word ‘diet ’ is unhealthy

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By Ilse de Graaf

Diet is such a negative word, am I right? When have you heard the word diet and not rolled your eyes or cringed at the thought? “NEVER!” I hear you say. Well that’s great because Weight Loss Ninja is not about diets.

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It’s not about removing a food group like carbs!
Following popular or ‘fad’ diet plans is always so restrictive and usually encourages you to remove an entire food group from your diet, like carbs for example! Your body needs carbohydrates, they are integral to a healthy lifestyle. It’s not about removing carbs, it’s about changing your mindset and choosing the right carbs to consume, in what quantity and when. Did you know that simple carbohydrates like processed sugars (found in your favourite fizzy drinks) have no nutritional value and they race through your digestive system? Complex carbs like whole grains or legumes on the other hand can be a girls best friend (contrary to what the diet industry will have you believe). They take longer to digest as they are full of wonderful nutrients that our bodies love. This means that they help you feel satisfied for longer and you are less likely to turn to a ‘quick fix’ snack.

Don’t call treats a sin or ‘cheating’!
It’s not just the word ‘diet’, that we’re not huge fans of. We also want to stamp out words like ‘sinning’ and ‘cheating’. Nobody is going to feel good about having a little treat if you are calling it a sin. What I often see with women who want to lose weight is that after restrictive ‘dieting’ for a week, they go totally bonkers on Saturday – “It’s my cheat day!”. This may be a conscious choice – you’ve “saved up” for the weekend and go on a binge. Or it may even be a subconscious choice – you’ve been walking on eggshells for the past week, you’re extremely tense and then the weekend comes and you want to relieve all of that tension. It could even be that the weekends are just too chaotic for you, you don’t have a routine like you do during the working week and you have lots of social events to contend with. If that’s the case, drink that glass of wine offered to you by a friend, don’t call it a sin, don’t call it cheating, enjoy it and do an extra hour in the gym tomorrow.

Stop eating too little!
A common misconception in the land of ‘dieting’: “I am going to eat as little as possible. That way the amount of calories I consume will be less than the amount of calories I use and I’ll lose weight.” Clever right? NOOOO! This could not be further from the truth. Please for the love of life, stop counting calories!!! If you eat too little, you’ll not only become deficient in nutrients your body really needs, but sooner or later you’re going to make up for it by turning to your old friend, unhealthy “food”. Not only this, because your body gets too little food, not knowing where the next meal is coming from, it will try to retain every ounce possible, and you will find it even harder to reach your weight loss goals.

Eat the rainbow!
When you think of the word diet what images does it conjure up for you? For me it’s super bland, boring looking food or worse, diet shakes that don’t even resemble food. Weight loss doesn’t have to mean a plate full of steamed or boiled vegetables, it can mean a flavoursome rainbow of nutrient rich foods with more variety than you can ever dream of. Think of it as a party on your plate. One of the most important things in weight loss is learning to love food and not to fear it, so make your plate look beautiful and enjoy tucking into your work of art!

The key to being successful!
The trusted diet companies are in the money making business, not the healthy lifestyle business. I mean, sure, you might lose weight on them but they certainly don’t add those helpful weight loss tools to your ‘Stay Happy and Healthy Toolbox’, in order to make a long term change – meaning, you inevitably gain the weight back and end up even more unhappy and frustrated than you were to begin with! Believe me, I’ve been there. Weight loss isn’t about abiding by strict rules, it isn’t about cutting out food groups, it isn’t about having cheat days or eating less food. It is about breaking old habits that weren’t working for you and replacing them with better ones that take you in a new direction, one towards saying goodbye to the old you and hello to the new, happy, healthy, alert, engaged, proud, confident and strong you. Your mindset, behaviour and habits are the key to reaching your weight loss goals, becoming successful not only in the short term but in the long term and truly making a LIFESTYLE CHANGE. You do this by choosing four things you can do for the rest of your life and not only for a couple of weeks (like following a diet). This will become a life long change that you are happy with because it has become part of you and not just a ‘trick’ that you perform for a couple of days or weeks.

Weight Loss Ninja is not a diet company, it is a community full of beautiful and strong Ninja’s who have worked with me to achieve their weight loss goals by (nope not dieting) changing their mindset. Here at Weight Loss Ninja I use The POWER Method – you feel empowered just saying it don’t you? The five letters of the word POWER make up The POWER Method. Plan, Overcome, Willpower & Winner’s Mentality, Emotion & Energy, Results. Together they form the way to create a lifestyle and mindset change. So please tell me you are saying NO to more diets and are saying YES to finding the POWER within you?

Are there any weight loss buzz words you hate? Let me know in the comments.
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Thanks for reading my lovely ninja! You can do this, I believe in you.

xx Ilse

Founder & Coach
Weight Loss Ninja