Personal Training, Fitness and Nutrition Motivation

Monday, June 5, 2017

Diets Really Have No Place in a Fitness Lifestyle

Getting fit has nothing to do with going on a diet. In fact, I came up with an acronym for the 'diet' word and how it affects us:

D: Depressing
I: Illogical
E: Extreme
T: Taxing

How many times have you heard someone say they are on a diet? Diet trends are numerous and marketed ad nauseam. Diets may have a place in clinical scenarios but really not something for us regular people who may be sedentary or even active adults wanting to get back in shape.

Nutrition does play the largest role in our health and fitness. This doesn't mean restricting our calories by means of a fad diet is the way to a fitter body. It simply means eating better food for our goals. Actually not eating enough can work against us causing our body to hold onto fat stores.

Diets are also not lifetime sustainable because they can be too restrictive and remove important macronutrients from our daily food intake. We function best eating all macronutrients including lean proteins, healthy fats, and good carbohydrates. Any nutrition plan asking you to eliminate vital nutrients to reach your goals quickly should be a red flag. It may be tempting, but remember if something sounds too good to be true - it is.

Reducing fat and gaining muscle is not about eating less just eating right. Consuming nutrient-dense foods like vegetables, lean meats, whole grains, nuts, and seeds will enable you to reach your goals without feeling deprived. It does mean reviewing your current nutrition plan and changing up the food you eat.

Nutritious foods contain fewer calories allowing us the freedom to eat more and not feel guilty. When we start filling our plates with mostly vegetables and an appropriate portion of lean meat, counting calories can even be removed from the equation. Remember, no one ever got fat eating kale.

A healthy lifestyle is meant to be enjoyed and not to feel like a burden. Contrarily, diets can cause us to feel deprived and frustrated. Who enjoys drinking special shakes all day instead of eating real food? We are meant to cook, eat and enjoy real food. This is also called eating to live and loving every minute of it.

When we stop looking for quick fixes and forget about fad diets is when we can really be on our way to getting fit and healthy.

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Be well and Stay Healthy


  1. Great post- and love the picture girl.

    1. I totally agree that diet and exercise should confluence together.

  2. Diets do have their place. Ask a hundred overweight people and see what they say. If a person is already slim and in-shape, like yourself, then yes, it's not needed. Stay ready!

    1. Thank you for reading and sharing your opinion/comment. My purpose in blogging is always to motivate and not to offend, to educate and shed light on important health and fitness topics.

      As a health and fitness expert for over 25 years, I have had the opportunity to work with people of all levels of fitness including those struggling with being overweight or obese. Many have used fad diets without success and even putting on more weight after completion of a program promising unrealistic results.

      As I explained in my post, diets may have a place in certain clinical scenarios, but for someone wanting to lose a large amount of weight or even 15lbs should be seeking a life-long solution. This will not be found in a restrictive diet.

      I have had great success educating my overweight/obese clients on simply how to eat right. This is not considered a diet but replacing unhealthy eating habits with healthier foods/habits.

      The unfortunate thing about diets is the lack of nutrition education and importance of eating healthy foods. People are left not knowing how to buy, prepare and even eat for goals. This is why many frustrated individuals struggling with being overweight/obese return to the only life they know - eating unhealthy.

      When all people learn how to eat to live, mostly plants combined with lean meats and healthy fats, a dramatic change in weight loss and improved bodyfat composition can be realized. This has nothing to do with a diet but living a healthy lifestyle.

      Over the years, I have had the opportunity to ask over 100 overweight people about their eating habits. Their frustration in using methods that have not worked led them to finally be willing to put in the work required to learn lifelong sustainable strategies providing great success. These beautiful people have not only lost large amounts of weight but have been able to maintain a healthy life through proper eating habits.

      I hope this sheds a different perspective on dieting vs applying healthy eating habits for weight loss and improved fitness.

      Be well and Stay Healthy!



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