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Don’t Gain More Weight By Dieting Wrong
I would say that 75% of the women I know/train are trying to lose weight. Anyone who’s ever tried dieting knows how difficult it can be. The best way I’ve found is to diet consistently throughout the week and have a cheat meal on the weekend. Unfortunately when staying consistent gets difficult, bad things start to happen… really bad things! Let’s take a look at a few of these contest diet pitfalls:
Starve and Binge:
- Sometimes people lose their ability to stick to a diet and go on a binge. This is often followed by starving themselves to make up for the binge. It doesn’t happen just once but often becomes a regular pattern. Instead of eating chicken, fish, potatoes and vegetables over the course of 3 days…. a person may binge on eat ice cream, chips, chocolate etc…. for 1 day and then barely eat anything for the next 2 days! Not very healthy! It happens more than many women will admit. Doing this will torment you mentally with feelings of depression and failure… I’ve gotten many a midnight text message from a clients in the middle of the fallout from one of these binges. Why one person can stop after one brownie, slice of pizza or candy bar and the next person continues until she wants to puke is something that’s hard to understand – but it happens.
Some competitors will talk about how closely they follow the diet… EXCEPT they forget to mention the constant nibbling they do during the day:
- a handful of nuts
- scoop of peanut butter
- piece of bread
- a little bit of this and a little bit of that
- etc, etc, etc…..
These calories add! These ‘nibbles’ are always on the highest caloric foods (fats) too: cookies, nuts, chocolate etc. No one seems to want to nibble on a few vegetables or a piece of chicken…. not only would that be better but your stomach would feel fuller. Those last few pounds you need to lose to be in great shape and reach your goals, may never come off if you don’t get control of the ‘nibbles’.
No carbs (or very low carbs) can be used as a diet technique BUT… you shouldn’t be using it on Day 1! This is a sure way to lose a lot of water, dehydrate yourself, slow your metabolism down and make it twice as hard to get lean (slow metabolism). If you cut your carbs too much, too soon, you will stand a much higher chance of mental and physical burnout when you couple this with hard workouts.
Sometimes women will go day after day on no carbs trying to lose more body fat… especially if they haven’t been consistent with their diet. They use this as a way to ‘catch up’. Your body gets real tired of this, real quick… pretty soon you will be walking around with your brain in a fog, like a zombie, struggling to figure out the simplest daily task (brain cells needs twice as many carbohydrates as the other cells in your body to function normally). Your workouts will become more difficult also. Low carbs + low energy + poor workouts (because of low energy) + slow metabolism = 1 miserable, unhappy person!
Those are 3 of the main diet malfunction I see. There are more but If you avoid these 3 and follow a consistent diet you should find it a lot easier to lose body fat (I didn’t say easy…. just ‘easier’).
Terry, did you hear about the new diet? …EVERY week it seems someone is promoting a new diet (or fat loss supplement). They always have some breakthrough scientific study that ‘proves’ why they work. But… like all the other ‘awesome’ new diets, they will disappear in a few months when people realize they don’t work any better… if at all!
Although this article uses competitors as examples. The same principles hold true for everyone, whether you are trying to compete or just lose a few pounds and feel better about yourself.
For the 937th time!…. There are no new diets that work better for competitors than the one everyone uses (or SHOULD be using) now! I see competitors coming into shows, far from contest ready because they tried some ‘new diet’, that was supposed to speed up fat loss. There is actually a diet that has competitors, who are not lean enough for competition, EAT MORE FOOD! This is somehow supposed to promote fat loss for the competitor who is already behind schedule. The day that this works for fat loss…. I’m quitting!
Every competitor on this page got lean eating the SAME basic foods! No special, exotic or dangerous diets… just the standard competition diet! I know because I trained them all!
As far as diet is concerned – If you are just trying to lose weight to get in shape, then I can understand wanting to eat something other than a figure competition diet – chicken and vegetables get a little boring after….. the FIRST day! I understand that. BUT If you are a bikini, figure, Ms fit/fitness competitor or bodybuilder, why would you not follow the diets that have worked for many, many years… and still continue to work today? Diets that can get you as lean as you need to be.
Cheat days should be a regular part of any weight loss journey. They help speed up your metabolism and they keep you motivated… give you something to look forward to. A few times a week.
Desperation will drive trainers to try all sorts of things. Every week, there is some new wonder diet that everyone is buzzing about.. or fat burning supplement that burns fat 137 X faster! …Let’s see, if this new fat burner burns fat 137% faster than the other fat burner that was advertised to burn fat 70% faster…. then you should be ready for your competition after about uhhmm… 2 days of taking this supplement! Twelve weeks of training down to 2 days… amazing!
Seriously though… The women pictured are all competitors I trained and gave diets to. (bikini, figure, bodybuilding). Three of them just recently won pro cards! No crazy diets, no special shakes… no supplements.They all ate the same foods to get lean. The only difference is that figure competitors diet a little harder than bikini competitors, Ms fit/Fitness competitors diet a little harder than figure competitors and bodybuilders diet the hardest of all because they have to get the leanest… that’s it folks!
Losing body fat is one of the simplest things to do (…but also very difficult mentally). Your body can only accumulate fat from protein, carbs and fats… that’s it! All you have to do is eat regular food and learn to manipulate calories and macronutrients to cause fat loss. No need to go any further than the foods we eat everyday… it works for the top competitors in the world, I’m sure it will work for you!
With everyone trying to find the “New Thing” that brings results faster… I realize that doing the same thing that everyone else is doing can be boring. So you may be on the lookout for something new and exciting. This makes the conditions ripe for a slick marketing campaign (usually backed by a lot of money) to push their new diet on the public… through the internet, blogs, TV, social media etc. The idea is to expose you to it so many times that you think it’s legit (Oh yeah, I think someone posted about that new diet on Facebook the other day… it must really work). I’m sure I disappoint a lot of people when I tell them that I don’t have any diet secrets or special techniques to strip off body fat overnight… but I refuse to blow smoke up places it doesn’t belong… and i ain’t talkin about a chimmney!
Whether you are a competitor or just looking to get in shape – YOU DON’T HAVE TIME TO WASTE TRYING NEW DIETS THAT HAVE NO HISTORY OF SUCCESS BEHIND THEM. You can get as lean as you need to be for ANY competition or life by eating: chicken, fish, tuna, oatmeal, egg whites, protein powder, a wide variety of vegetables, sweet potatoes, brown rice, good fats, some fruit (not too much) and a cheat meal/foods multiple times during the week.
You’ve either said this yourself, or heard someone else say it: “I’m on this new thing now It’s called the Blah Blah Blah Program. I’ve lost 8lbs… This product is GREAT and very nutritious. You drink two shakes during the day and eat a sensible dinner at night.” I hear this all too often these days. Most of the time this fat loss is not the real aim of the company that sells it. The aim of these companies is to get you excited about losing weight so that you can become a seller/distributor of their Protein, Diet, OR Health shake. Once you become a distributer then you are pressured to recruit more people into the business (“that’s where the real money is” they tell you, then they say that if you can just “get 5 of your friends to join, you can make money from their sales forever” blah blah…). THAT’S THE REAL AIM OF THESE COMPANIES… to get you excited (about your fat loss) then sign you up, then push you to recruit more people to sell their miracle protein powder. Then they say you will be “owning your own business” by recruiting more people (this is absolutely not anything like having your own business… but it does sound good). Wow, you went from losing 8lbs to starting your own business in just 14 days!
AN 800 CALORIE DIET? YOU MUST BE KIDDING?
They know that you are most suggestive in the first few weeks of any new thing (this just happens to be your fat loss) so they have you starve yourself for a few weeks with a diet consisting on 1 meal a day and two of their “special” shakes. Many times these diets are only about 800 calories (some have been tested and found to have only 500-600 calories). These diets are always low in carbs because a low carb diet will cause sight dehydration It doesn’t matter what you eat… if you are only eating 800 calories YOU ARE GOING TO LOSE WEIGHT regardless of what you eat! THEN you are afraid to eat anything but the two shakes-a-day plan because you know you will gain the weight you lost right back! You can’t continue to eat like that! It’s not healthy! Your body is designed to digest food… not powder for 66% of your meals. (it’s ok to have a few protein shakes a day but you need to be eating real food also at every meal).
THE RIGHT WAY TO DO IT (Don’t Fall for the HOOK)
I tell anyone that It’s much healthier and you will look much better doing it the right way (proper diet and exercise). That’s why I always offer a money back guarantee on any of my programs, because they are based on what has worked for many years with many types of women and men! I hate to see people taken advantage off because they are excited about their weight loss (which is mostly water from dehydration – these companies are really good at hooking you early with this technique). Don’t get caught up in the hype! If you or anyone you know wants a program fat loss program that really works and makes you look better (not drawn and exhausted looking). Then check out this 12 Week Fat Loss Program, complete with Maintenance Diets (very important).
PS the 12 Week Fat Loss Program is a complete actual 12 week program that I use to get women in awesome shape (workouts, diets, videos, maintenance diets etc). It comes with a full Money Back Guarantee