The Flexible Dieter

The problem with health and fitness today, is how we look at things, food, diets, exercises etc. We look at them as black or white, good or back …. “only eat these top 10 muscle building foods” … It’s a great eye catching line but what is really happening is they’re missing the big picture. When we look at foods this way, we are looking at them in isolation and we miss what we should really be looking at; What should the overall base of your diet should be? Where should your calories be at? How much protein should you consume for your goals? There is no such thing as a good or bad food, but there is such a thing as a good or bad diet. You see the difference is mentality.

Being flexible Is a mindset, you get to work towards specific goals for the day, in a way that educates you on why you are doing it and how to apply it.In the context of dieting, being flexible means allowing yourself to still enjoy your favorite foods and treats in moderation, without the accompanying feelings of remorse or guilt. It means handling your diet in a strategic and intelligent manner that allows you to see consistent and significant results. In short, a flexible dieter is able to incorporate nutrition into their life, opposed to a strict dieter who has trouble incorporating life into their nutrition.

There is no right or wrong way to become a successful flexible dieter, but I am a firm believer in an inclusive flexible diet! Inclusive means you are consuming a variety of good nutritious whole food sources obtaining all your minerals and vitamins, including a variety of essential proteins/fats, fiber and water. Traditional meal plans are very exclusive (even though they are typically consuming ‘healthy’ foods) however if you’re only consuming a few food sources then you are only receiving limited nutrients and are most likely missing others. Over an extended period of time, this will lead to nutrient deficiencies and poor health. As long as you are covering the bases first, you will feel fuller, have more energy and generally feel good. Then the remaining daily calories can be filled with the foods you enjoy, in moderation, without the feeling of remorse or guilt. It is important to remember that nutrition for both fat loss and muscle gain is a marathon not a sprint!

Fast or slow, the goal is sustainable progress over the long haul, not something to lose and gain repeatedly year after year. If it’s simple and something you can do with minimal effort, the likelihood of staying with it for life is much higher than more involved or restricted programs. As a guide, use the 80-20 rule where 80% are “cleaner” more nutritious foods and then the rest can be filled with the foods you fancy on that particular day.Find what you enjoy doing, make simple and effective changes in your lifestyle.