Unpopular opinion: you can say fuck a diet and still care about your health and have goals that are related to weight loss, eating healthier, and drinking more water. I know, super unpopular right now. We’re in this weird phase of fuck diets, self love, and it’s almost doing the opposite of what those movements stand for. I absolutely think diets can be dangerous, cause obsession, and nurture that bad relationship with food. Also I truly believe EVERY body is worthy, every body is beautiful stretch marks, loose skin, cellulite, and all. What I don’t agree with is this notion that you can’t have fitness goals AND be a apart of this self love club. Why not?
In my one on one coaching I often start my clients out with learning a basic method of tracking macros. We aren’t reading labels or counting grams, but instead we use color coded containers that help give a better understanding to proper portions, When we want to speed up our results we measure things, but for day to day living we can eye ball and have a good idea of how much of certain foods we need to eat to reach our goals. It’s really basic, the only way to lose weight is to be in a calorie deficit. Thats it. You do that through exercise to increase your calorie output. You adjust your food intake to decrease your calorie input. Neither one of these things require a diet, but they do require you to be conscious of the foods you are consuming and how much exercise you are doing.
I know that all sounds really contradictory. “You hate diets, yet you focus on macros?” YEP! Because here’s the thing, have you ever actually followed a diet? Or have you just sat there and said I’m only going to eat 1200 calories a day because thats what the internet told me? More likely than not you’re probably the second one. As someone who has followed diets that included calorie restriction, food restrictions, and obsessively logging, counting, tracking, reading labels, and so much more the approach I take now is really the opposite of all those fad diets. (Theres a reason they’re fad too, but more on that another day.)
I teach my clients how to include the foods they love and still reach their goals. In order to do this we have to incorporate moderation, portions, and a basic understanding of macronutrients. No foods are off limits. They actually ask me “are you sure I should be eating this much food?” and my answer is always a resounding yes. Diet culture is trying to reach an ideal that ins’t physically possible without restriction, over exercising, and magic pills/supplements. Non of what I stand for in reaching health and fitness related goals requires any of that. In fact most of the workouts my clients do are 20-30 minutes long, 4-6 days a week, and while I do show them what supplements they can take to help support their goals they are by no means required for success.
So I don’t know what mixed messaging you’re getting out there from the Self Love and Anti Diet Culture movements, but you CAN have goals related to your health AND disagree with diet culture.