Allison Arida is a Nurse Practitioner, NPC Bikini Competitor who really understands how diet effects the body. She destroys the myth that you have to eat less fat to lose weight. The majority of her diet consists of fat and she stays lean all year long.
Why you can’t lose weight?
Consistency over perfection! The problem is you don’t have to be perfect at your diet to lose weight. A piece of cake or even two, the jar of peanut butter you ate in two days. I’m guilty as charged for both. If you know me, I LOVE peanut butter. I can put PB on just about anything and I’m not joking! Sooner than I know, I look down and OPPS, I just ate HALF the jar. I promise, everything is going to be ok. It’s the consistency that counts the most, not being perfect. The most important part is to just move forward. Don’t sabotage yourself in self regret. We all know, no one is perfect nor should you expect your “diet” to be.
Why does this matter? An all-or-nothing approach will not get you the results you want, you will fail miserably! When’s the last time you told yourself, “I’m never going to eat (...fill in the blank).” How long did that last for? This may lead to you overeating and now you feel guilty and ashamed wondering why you ate the whole cake instead of just one piece.
Food is not Good or Bad!
Constantly objectifying foods as “good” or “bad”can be detrimental not only to your physical health, but your mental health also. The pressure we put on ourselves to “look a certain way” only hurts you. Don’t allow yourself to do this! Creating a cycle of self doubt and worthlessness because you didn’t stick to your diet is not going to help you.
Furthermore, data suggest that there are between 8-10 million women with an eating disorder including anorexia, bulimia, orthorexia (obsession with only eating foods that are considered healthy), binge eating. I just wanted to mention this, because If you need help, there are plenty of resources available. This is a whole other topic in itself, but seriously allow yourself to have the foods you enjoy, just not everyday.
Back to the Basics
Go back to the basics and make it simple. Your diet is not supposed to be super stressful. Focus more on whole foods that are satisfying and delicious that fuel your body. Don't trust diets that promise that you will lose a crazy amount of weight, in a short period of time, it's just not going to happen! Trust me, if this was the case, everyone would be on this magic diet. Sorry to break it to you, there’s no magic pill either.
Whatever your goal, keep in mind anything is possible with consistency. If you fall off, don’t beat yourself up. Get back on and keep it moving!
Allison Arida, FNP-C