13 Dec Ditch The Fad Diets For New Year!
Ditch the fad diets!
There’s a good chance that right about now there are women out there starving themselves on celery sticks, cutting out carbs, eating only at night and many other versions of extreme dieting just to get into that black party dress and ‘earn’ the Christmas excess.
But whether you’re living off cabbage soup, depriving yourself of food for two days of the week or consuming only raw foods, the chances are you’re bloody miserable! And what’s worse is these diets will not succeed in the long-term – and you won’t be doing your body or your health any favours at all.
Yes, you may lose a few quick pounds, but this level of self-deprivation will only serve to trap you in a cycle of failure, guilt and feeling rubbish. Then as soon as you stop the craziness, you’ll put the weight back on again and be back to square one. Who wants to live that?! Not me thank you.
We prefer the approach of making simple lifestyle changes which you can sustain over the long term. It doesn’t have to be gruelling and dare we say it, you’ll probably even enjoy it. Using a combination of healthy eating, a high protein diet and strength training, you will soon be looking great and feeling great. And if Friday evening finds you reaching for the takeaway menu and the bottle of Prosecco, then so what?! Life is for living!
Protein Princess is about fuelling your body properly, making the right changes and doing the right exercises that will change the shape of your body for the long-term. No fads, no yo-yo diets – in fact you’ll probably end up eating more, not less, and still getting the body you want. You lose inches rather than pounds and success is measured without standing on the scales.
Here are a few other mantras we say to ourselves here at Protein Princess to help get us in the right frame of mind for achieving our goals.
Don’t expect perfection
There’s no point beating yourself up if you can’t get to the gym or you ate a biscuit. Accept from the beginning that there will be occasions when life gets in the way. It’s all about what you’re doing for the most part over a long period of time.
One step at a time
Don’t go hell for leather from one extreme to the other as it’s not sustainable in the long-term. Instead, think about the changes you want to make and introduce them slowly, one at a time.
It’s also about making realistic changes – you probably won’t be able to spend every Sunday preparing meals for the week, but you could easily start the day with a Protein Princess shake to give you the protein boost and balance of nutrients you need.
Exercise is fun
Try enjoying exercise rather than treating it as a form of punishment (I just ate a piece of cake so I best run 10 miles). Think about how much you’ve achieved each session and try and push yourself a bit further next time to see what you’re really capable of. Think about how great you feel and how strong you’re getting and you’ll soon become addicted to the gym (honest!).
Don’t wait until after Christmas, or when the little one starts nursery, or when you get a week off work etc etc, there will never be a perfect time so do it now!