As a personal trainer, I probably shouldn’t say this.
But diets suck.
Today we’re talking about the reasons we can’t stick to diets.
And, below, I’m going to share mine with you.
We often speak about diets as a “lifestyle change” but then we proceed to try to flip our lives upside down and eat foods we absolutely hate, while depressing ourselves over our weight, and craving the food we enjoy even more.
It’s a vicious cycle, and it’s one I’ve seen many people stuck in for years.
Indeed, a big reason diets suck is because we’re always punishing ourselves for not being good enough.
But believe me, there isn’t one person who goes to the gym who hasn’t, at some point, struggled to maintain a solid diet – I don’t care how tough they talk on social media.
Heck, even I’ve done it.
Back when I started training, my diet was old-school bodybuilding.
And in the early days, I was so caught up in enjoying the training that it was plain sailing.
I’d been living “super clean” for almost a seven months, turned down multiple family get-togethers – such as Easter and birthdays – to preserve my new lifestyle.
But then it happened.
Early one Wednesday morning – like my-5-year-old-isn’t-even-awake-yet early – I remember waking up in front of the fridge with chocolate smeared around my face.
Then I’d beat myself up for failing, and get back on the horse – only to see it happen again further down the line.
Diets Suck – Because Science
The problem I faced was the same issue which strikes a lot of people.
I was going too hard, too soon.
My diet was unsustainable because I just hated the food I was eating – and loved the food I was avoiding.
To me, that represented my biggest dieting issue by a long shot.
You see, now with over a decade of experience as a trainer and an online business which is followed by over 100,000 members worldwide, I can tell you this:
The best diet is the one you can stick to.
In fact, researchers from Louisiana State University discovered that allowing a more flexible approach to dieting would not only boost our ability to stick to our diet, but also reduce mood swings and cases of overeating. (1)
I picked up this research back in 2004, and since then it’s redefined the way I diet for both muscle gain and fat loss.
In fact, I grabbed this research so hard it changed the way all of my clients have dieted over the years, and built the model I’m known for today.
But right now, I want to ask you something:
You know my biggest problem when I was dieting – what’s yours?
Leave me a comment in the section below.
1. Stewart T.M., et al. “Rigid vs. flexible dieting: association with eating disorder symptoms in nonobese women.” Appetite. 2002 Feb;38(1):39-44