Just yesterday, I received an email from an online supplement company stating to get results that I need to do 'Intermittent Fasting' - This email came from someone who knew nothing about my current weight, nothing about my goals, nothing about my current nutrition, fitness levels or body composition and knew nothing about my dieting history.
How do they know what diet I 'NEED' to follow?
The worst thing is, that these emails go out to millions of people everyday. These diets are posted over social media by affiliated business and 'influencers'. These emails, 'posts' or ads often contain false or misleading information that prey on people who want results NOW.
When discussing diets with members and clients; these are the most common diets that people have tried:
CSRIO Healthy Heart Program
Kayla Itsines Bikini Diet
Plant Based Diet
The Mediterranean Diet
The Raw Food Diet
The Clean Food Diet
1200 Calorie Diet
What fad diets have you tried?
Now, I am not saying that all of these diets are bad BUT it is important to remember that NO diet is magic.....and there is definately NO magic formula.
ALL of these diets have one main thing in common.....
They all create a calorie deficit. When you are restricting food groups, restricting food choices or restricting eating times than you will almost naturally decrease your calorie intake.
BUT are these sustainable and long term diets or are they just quick fixes?
Some people may find that they start one of these diets, get results and are able to maintain the diet; turning it into a 'lifestyle'. And if they can adhere, sustain and get the results they are after then the diet is probably OK for them.
However, for the majority of our population they view these diets as quick fixes. And generally there are two scenarios:
Scenario #1: They stick to the diet, lose a few kilos - return to their 'normal' eating habits and guess what? They gain back the weight they lost and possibly some extra. They then try another fad diet and repeat the process. This is known as Yo-Yo dieting.
Scenario #2: They start a diet because a friend did it, and their friend had AMAZING results. However, they can not stick to the diet because it is too restrictive or they don't like the food and they binge. Potentially not losing any weight or even gaining weight from periods of bingeing. This is a restrict-binge cycle and can often cause a bad relationship with food.
Has this happened to YOU??
When you look at ANY diet - you need to ask yourself is it sustainable? Can you see yourself eating this way long term? Can you maintain the restrictive eating and low calorie intake? And can you use the behaviours from the diet that you used to lose weight to maintain your weight long term?
At Empire Strength Co. we pride our upcoming 8 Week Transformation Challenges on giving you scientifically backed information and knowledge to create adherence and long term sustainability. And even though our challenge technically only runs for an 8 Week period we give you the tools to manage the 'challenge' after the challenge so you can continue to maintain or gain further results.
So if you take only ONE thing from this article.....Remember: the best diet is one that you can stick to!!!