You read that right. Your “eat less, exercise more” diet approach - the one you’re likely getting ready to jump back on come January 1st - is making you GAIN weight.
Instead of taking the time to learn what works best for you and your body, you jump on whatever band wagon is rolling through diet culture most recently, because it’s easier…in the short-term.
In the words of Dr. Jade Teta, the “eat less, exercise more approach as like a dietary credit card - you get an initial reward for a greater cost later.” And it’s true!
How many times have you adhered to a strict diet regimen only to end up with increased hunger/cravings, reduced energy and eventually weight GAIN? Too many to count?
You might be surprised to know that this is always the end result of the “eat less, eat more” dietary approach when it’s our only approach, as it fails to account for the role of metabolism and individual preference.
One-size-fits-all gets us every time, doesn’t it!?
The role of your metabolism is to keep you alive. So when you decide to eat less and exercise more your metabolism counter balances - think of it like a seesaw - by increasing hunger cues, increasing cravings and decreasing energy.
Often times, when we observe these symptoms we do one of two things:
Push harder. Eat LESS. And exercise MORE. Or,
Give up. Eat whatever. And succumb to the ‘fuck it’ spiral.
The former pushes the metabolism to counter balance even more - continuing to increasing hunger/cravings and decrease energy - forcing your diet to fail. So no matter how you look at it, you end up discouraged, having decided that dieting (at least this diet) doesn’t work for you. And once your dieting behaviors stop, so does the weight loss. And you’re left frustrated and fatter than before.
It’s hard to hear, I know. But I’m telling you this because there is another way. A BETTER way. You can end the deprivation cycle once and for all. But it requires:
A willingness to try, fail, refine and try again
An understanding that you are worth every one of these things - and more
Sound scary? It should. It’s uncharted territory and goes against everything diet culture prescribes.
But it’s also the only way you will achieve and sustain the results you’re looking for. So if you’re ready to finally ditch the diet culture band wagon and find what works for you and your body, I’ve got something just for you.
An approach that gives you more tools than simply, “eat less, exercise more”. An approach that accounts for your individual preferences, your unique lifestyle and your one-of-a-kind body.
Are you ready to find something that works for you…finally?
Eat Well. Live Well. Be Well.