I will be the first one to admit, I have tried just about every diet out there. From carb cycling… to.. paleo..(*cringe*). These "diets" never worked for me. Not because they couldn’t work, some people have great success with these prescribed ways of eating. They did not work for me because it was not something I could maintain. I was miserable and felt deprived. I was eating things I hated, like buttloads of animal meat, and abstaining from my favorite foods, oatmeal, protein shakes, and PB2 (powdered peanut butter I eat like pudding). I love PB2.
I did not stand chance. I would be "good" for a few days and breakdown and have a bowl of PB2 and do the old "fuck it, I already messed up, might as keep messing up" dance. Then one day, I came across, researched the eff out of, and fell in love with flexible dieting. Here is why– flexible dieting is not a diet at all. It is a way to eat foods you actual enjoy in a structured way. When flexible dieting, you are given a specific number of macros (macronutrients: carbohydrates, fats, and proteins) based on your caloric needs and plan what you eat to fit within those numbers. The way you choose to eat those macros is really up to you. Being that I am not a nutritionist or dietitian I do not want to give any advice on how to implement this for yourself. Please read this, this, or this to help you decided if flexible dieting is for you. I also want to recognize that for some people, the above mentioned diets are great. However, please remember, the best diet is one you can maintain LONG TERM! If you cannot wait for your 21, 24, 30 day program to be over then you are doomed. You will end your diet, go back to normal habits, and gain back all the muscle and fat weight you lost in mostly fat. For me, flexible dieting got me off that yo-yo diet roller coaster. It stopped me from being afraid of food and put ALL the options back on the table. While flexible dieting I have been able to eat my PB2, my popcorn, drink beer, eat out, all within my macros. I am satisfied for the first time in years, all without gaining a single pound. If you have any questions, feel free to email me, comment, or refer to the resources below! Stay happy and healthy, my friends!