Hello!!! It’s been a few weeks since I have written here, so a blog post is definitely in order!
Several times in the last few weeks, I have found myself joking about certain things that make me “old” compared to “these kids these days.” For instance, Google certainly wasn’t a thing when I was growing up. I looked up anything I didn’t know in the good old fashioned dictionary or in encyclopedias. (Do they even make encyclopedias now?!) I looked up phone numbers in the yellow pages. I didn’t get my first email address until I was a freshman in college. I typed emails in green writing with a black background in the “computer room.” I didn’t send my first text until I was well into my twenties. And there certainly weren’t emojis. Emotions were expressed on my flip phone in words. Just words. And, thank god for all involved, I had absolutely no social media presence throughout the entirety of my dating life.
This is all because I am old!
Well, not really. But current society is such that it feels like these things make me ancient. Technology has really sped things up! And created a culture of instant gratification. We have everything we could possibly need at our fingertips. It is so easy, even for oldies like me, to forget that some things take time. Some things take effort and work. And there is no shortcut. Some things are just slow.
Like, say, the dial up internet we had for our family computer back in 1995. Anyways…
The fitness and nutrition industry, like technology, deludes us into thinking change can happen overnight. The whole idea of a diet is that you do something for a certain amount of time until you reach your goal and then you are done. Diets make us focus on numbers like calories and how much we weigh and sell the false notion that you workout so you can eat. Diets create cheat meals, foods that are off-limits and restrictions that are just not sustainable .
Diets are best left in 1995 with my family’s old dial-up modem!
Habit formation, on the other hand, helps us create changes in our health that make us more active, knowledgeable and balanced. Lifestyle changes are my main focus in the programs that I run and with my one-on-one clients because they are proven to work. Focusing on creating new habits and lifestyles takes time but it also takes away the stigma that there is a right way to eat, exercise, etc. Creating healthy lifestyle habits is all about what works for you as an individual. Habit formation hones in on individual hunger cues, eating to the point when we’re satisfied not overly full. Creating healthy habits means looking at food as fuel for our workouts. When we are focusing on habits, we are free from the guilt of the “rules” of diets. Yes, creating new habits is hard work. It takes time and effort. It is all about slow sustainable changes. But, unlike with diets that usually land you back at square one after a year, habit change allows you to have a whole new outlook, attitude, and routine within a year’s time.
Diets are like the yellow pages that show up on my doorstep once a year. They are dated and not very useful. Can we please all agree that diets need to go the way of chatrooms and instant messenger? Bye!