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Nutrition vs Dieting

There seems to be a huge mis-perception regarding dieting and nutrition. Too often I have discussions with friends, family, potential clients and many of them say “Coach, I don’t want to go on a diet”. I smile knowing how the conversation is about to go. I for one am not a fan of DIETING. Dieting in a nutshell is a short-term fix to our health patterns or habits. We see numerous diet promotions pop up everywhere, magazines, social media, infomercials, bus stops, train rides, billboards. I get it, majority of individuals find it difficult to CHANGE what they are accustomed to doing. Therefore, they rather seek out a quick fix, aka a diet. The downside of dieting is that you never really create a better or healthy eating habit, hence why several people fall back into where they were prior to doing the diet, most tend to gain the weight back, then get frustrated and revert to emotional eating, it is a huge domino effect into a bad cycle. Dieting is NOT what we want to do, we want to create a healthier lifestyle, and in order to create a healthier lifestyle, we must have better nutrition. Nutrition is learning what to eat, when to eat, how to eat, what works for your body, what doesn’t work for your body. There are certain foods that all of us can benefit from and our digestive systems all adapt to, whereas there are certain foods that although we all may benefit from, however our digestive systems may reject them or cause bad reactions to them. Do you understand macronutrients? Macronutrients are simply your protein, carbohydrate, and fat breakdown or ration. Pending on your health goals, the ration will vary. We have our high protein breakdown, high carb, high fat. Now, with all that said, these are all healthy fats, healthy carbs, and protein. These good nutrients will trigger our fat burning cells and rid our body from unwanted weight, excess weight. Listen, we are all human beings and crave certain foods. We can indulge, however choose wisely when you indulge and the balance between making better food choices versus indulging too much. There is a balance that is required. Everyone’s balance is different, some have their so-called cheat meals on the weekend thinking well I eat healthy all week long. If that is what works for you and you are getting the results you desire, great! For others, their cheat meal or cheat day might be midweek, long as you have a balance and intake more healthy foods. Having better nutrition is how we create a healthier lifestyle, dieting is a short-term fix, we are aiming for long-term. Build and create better habits! #GetRightOrGetLeft 

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