Fad Diets- Forget About Them

If you look around enough, you could find a new fad diet to follow every week for an entire year. There’s a huge problem with fad diets that most people can’t see because they get caught up in another chance to lose weight fast. The major problem with fad diets is that they aren’t sustainable for multiple reasons; and in some cases, they are dangerous.

Why fad diets don’t work

Deprivation by elimination- When you begin to feel deprived, (especially of a certain food), it’s all you can think about! If you say, “I’m not having any carbs for an entire month,” guess what you’re going to be thinking about all month. You guessed it- carbs! You’re going to want carbs more than you ever wanted carbs before. Sure, there might be a honeymoon phase; but it won’t last forever.

Rules- Your body doesn’t operate under any strict diet rules you might enforce. Everyone is going to be affected differently by adding or subtracting things from their diet. Food affects us not only physically, but mentally. By placing strict rules upon something that was once a natural part of every human’s day, a requirement for living, you’re creating a different relationship between your brain and your body. It’s not a healthy one.

Missing nutrients and calories- When you start eliminating multiple foods in a very strict manner, you can really do damage. You may not see or feel it for years, but it’s quite common when you’re bouncing from one fad diet to another. Your body needs enough calories and nutrients to work with in order to keep things running smoothly, which brings me to my next point.

Fad dieting makes you fat!- What?!?! I can gain weight from dieting? Yes, you absolutely can. Your body is smart. When it starts to feel your weight drop too fast and/or too often, it goes into storage mode. Your metabolism will decrease to help you store calories in an effort to protect you from starvation. Recent research has shown that chronic dieters have the exact same metabolic damage as people with full blown eating disorders, many of which start with a casual diet.

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What does work

Call it moderation, or a healthy relationship with food and your body- whichever you prefer. Long-term success occurs when you make small and sustainable changes over time. You want to make changes that both you and your body can keep up with mentally and physically. What does that mean exactly?

It means crowding out less healthy choices like fast food and eating out every night, and instead cooking more often and adding more leafy greens to your diet. It may mean adding one Beachbody workout at a time to your week. Maybe you replace your 3pm candy bar with an IsaLean chocolate shake. Take your time and be patient. Real successes never happen over night, and I’m living proof.

These photos were taken one year apart. There was no crash dieting or deprivation, just hard work and slow sustainable changes. You owe it to yourself to make a commitment you can keep, so what are you waiting for?
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Lazy Day Latkes

If you’re getting tired of your usual healthy breakfasts, you’re going to be excited to try these latkes. Of course, they don’t just have to be for breakfast; you’ll see that they’re an easy way to get in some extra veggies first thing in the morning though! Best of all, you can make them several different ways so you’ll never get bored.

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Zucchini Latkes
2 C green zucchini squash, shredded
4 green onions, sliced thin
1 egg, beaten
1 Tbsp coconut flour
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp dried parsley
sea salt and pepper to taste
1 tbsp of coconut oil, butter or ghee for cooking

Directions
After you’ve shredded your zucchini, place it in a paper towel to squeeze some of the water out
Dump zucchini, onions, and egg in a medium bowl
In a smaller bowl, combine coconut flour and spices
Add flour and spice mix to vegetable and egg mix
Stir until well combined
Turn burner to medium heat and melt your cooking oil of choice in pan
Divide the mixture and cook approximately 1/4 C at a time
As the mixture starts to cook, be sure to flatten it
Flip to cook other side

Sweet Potato Latkes
2 C uncooked sweet potato, shredded
1 egg, beaten
1 Tbsp coconut flour
1/4 tsp cinnamon
sea salt to taste
1 tbsp of coconut oil, butter or ghee for cooking

Directions
After you’ve shredded your sweet potato
Dump sweet potato and egg in a medium bowl
In a smaller bowl, combine coconut flour and cinnamon
Add flour and cinnamon mix to sweet potato and egg mix
Stir until well combined
Turn burner to medium heat and melt your cooking oil of choice in pan
Divide the mixture and cook approximately 1/4 C at a time
As the mixture starts to cook, be sure to flatten it
Flip to cook other side

Don’t be afraid to experiment with different vegetables and spices!

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