Stop obsessing over the name of your diet.
We’ve all done it before - identified ourselves based on the diet we’re on:
“I can’t eat that donut, I’m keto now”
“I’m saving the planet by being vegan”
Diet [ˈdīət]: the kinds of food that a person, animal, or community habitually eats
News flash - if you eat food, you’re technically on a “diet”. And the name of your diet does not matter one bit when it comes to your goals.
Whether you’re doing keto, iffym, paleo, low-carb. low-fat, whole 30 … your success is based on similar principles.
All diets create a cascade of behaviours that ultimately benefit our health:
- Increased intake of whole foods
- Reduced intake of processed foods
- Generally a reduced caloric intake paired with increased caloric output
- Positive benefits on other health behaviours
(among many others - swipe to see more)
So, instead of obsessing about what new diet to try, what foods you can and cannot eat on it, and basing our identities on it, why don’t we focus on these behaviours instead?
Focusing on these behaviours looks similar to being on said “diet” - but without the restriction and stress that comes along with it. They can fit WITH your lifestyle and preferences, instead of asking you to put your life on hold for them.
I’m not saying it’s bad to follow one of these diets - if that’s what works for you.
What I am saying is that you don’t need to label your style of eating.
Personally, I’m a macro tracking, protein loving individual who prioritizes whole foods, eats an adequate amount of carbs to supports my training, and knows my body well enough to eat more when I need it and less when I don’t. I’ll eat a donut if I want one but I’ll make sure I follow it up with a well-balanced meal. And you can bet your ass I will not feel one ounce of guilt about it, because I haven’t placed any unrealistic expectations on myself.
I know that isn’t sexy. And it definitely doesn’t sell well.
But diets don’t need to be sexy to be effective.
In fact, sexy usually means ineffective. But that’s a story for another day.
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