I haven’t posted in awhile. Maybe it was life or maybe I was waiting for the right topic, but after weeks of talking about fad diets, the right topic was right under my nose the entire time- RESPONSIBILITY. I’m going to get right to the point, especially with the help of not 1, but 2 Registered Dietitians who I call friends AND clients!
To often I see on Facebook or Instagram someone promoting their new favorite diet plan- telling people what they should eat, how often, and how great this individual feels. Just look at THEIR results! My RD client friends and I speak of these on a weekly basis. I mean, what do I know? I’m just a personal trainer…who went to school for Sports Medicine…..who was a board certified Athletic Trainer….who has over 15 years experience. Get my point? Sure you do. It’s every Registered Dietitian’s nightmare. You know, the ones who took more classes and have more experience in nutrition than you or I. I don’t tell you how to do your job do I?
What the people are doing with the flaunting of their new diet plan is finding a source for what we all lack on some level, responsibility. Responsibility to our body, to our family, and to our future self. Is there any scientific back up to your claims? Are you eating what you feed your kids, being a good role model? How do you know what you’re doing now won’t have health complications later? Better yet, do you actually know what foods are good for you AND why?
Our nutrition is not a diet, it’s part of our lifestyle. It’s what we ingest to keep our system running, support our family, and to keep us alive. I’m a vegetarian, who has her cake and eats it too! Sure I like my sweets here and there, but I know what foods give me energy and keeps my body healthy from vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, and protein. It’s my responsibility to not only have knowledge of the foods I need, but to also understand when to eat and how much. It doesn’t take much to understand this. The internet is right at your fingertips! God only knows you use it for everything else.
Don’t you think you would save time, energy, and money if you did it right the first time? Don’t forget, what works for you will not work for others. Even more so, I would love to know if you are still doing well 5 years from now. I always like the client who tells me they were on (insert) fad diet and it worked at the time but they’ve gained the weight back. Again, it didn’t work. So to the fad-dieters…..you didn’t take responsibility, you expected something else to.
So please stop grasping for straws. Take one day at a time and educate yourself on what you need to do in order to live a healthier lifestyle. Your family and future-self will thank you!
“fad diet: Any of a number of weight-reduction diets that either eliminate one or more of the essential food groups, or recommend consumption of one type of food in excess at the expense of other foods. Fad diets rarely follow sound nutritional principles for weight loss, which focus on ingesting fewer calories and/or consuming more energy through exercise.” – Segen’s Medical Dictionary