Now here’s one for you. If there’s one thing I’d like to change, it’s this.
Tell me what’s wrong with this sentence:
“I know that the [insert name of fad / restrictive diet] works, as it’s the 2nd / 3rd / 4th time [delete as appropriate] that I’ve tried it.“
I hear this more times than I wish I did when I meet people wishing to hire me.
You see, I include exercise and nutrition coaching as part of the programs I offer. However, my heart sighs when I’m told by a potential client that the “diet” part is already sorted and that, rather than learn (or remind themselves) about what healthy eating entails, they would rather follow their own eating plan.
Here’s the answer.
As a health coach, the depressing part for me is that if [insert name of fad / restrictive diet] worked for the long-term, you wouldn’t be attempting it for the 2nd, 3rd or 4th time…Would you???
I’ve heard about the “army diet”. Well, if an army marches on its stomach, it won’t be getting very far on that one. Sorry.
Then there’s the one that’s named after a town. Again, there are a lot of bars and meal replacements involved.
Then there’s the “green plant” liquid diet.
Listen, I’ve got some news for you.
If you’re getting by on just 600 calories a day and doing at least 20 minutes of exercise on top, you’re going to lose weight in that time no matter what your drinking. Unfortunately, most of the weight lost is going to be water, not fat (and you want to lose the latter, right?)
Now, I’m not having a dig at anyone that’s bought into these diets. I understand that you wish to lose weight .. and maybe in a hurry…but my beef is that they don’t set you up for the long-term. A quick fix diet is not the answer. It simply encourages you to go back and buy more of the same when the weight creeps back on again. None of these approaches (and the rest / worst) represent The FIT Movement’s philosophy when it comes to losing fat and maintaining a healthy weight that’s right for YOU.
Having been offered various jobs as a PT when I started out in the fitness industry, I couldn’t bring myself to push unnecessary weight / fat loss supplements onto clients, who were already desperate to lose weight and would try most things, just so I could meet an employer’s sales target and earn myself a small commission in the process. It didn’t sit right. So, that’s why I created The FIT Movement.
Now, I’m not a complete saint when it comes to my food, but for most of the time I aim to eat healthily.
And when I coach clients towards healthier, fitter bodies, we don’t talk “diets” – it’s a lifestyle shift we’re looking at designed to get you thinking about “real” (i.e. unprocessed) food that doesn’t always take an age to prepare, how good it can make you feel (food really is medicine), and focusing on replacing habits that don’t serve you well with better ones.
It’s also why The FIT Movement won’t take on anyone as a new client until they’ve ditched these diet products as we simply can’t get you the results you deserve and show you how to manage a healthy lifestyle.
If you wish to find out more about natural, healthy eating and exercise for sustainable weight loss for the long-term, then please contact The FIT Movement for your complimentary consultation today.