𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗳𝗶𝘃𝗲 𝗿𝗲𝗮𝘀𝗼𝗻𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗹𝗮𝘁𝗲𝘀𝘁 𝗱𝗶𝗲𝘁 𝗱𝗼𝗲𝘀𝗻’𝘁 𝘄𝗼𝗿𝗸 👇🏻 (and why we don't follow any specific diet plan...) I (Alexis) started my weight loss journey probably 5 times before one actually became my true story. I would try something, stop. Try something else, mess up and stop. It was a perpetual cycle that got me going nowhere fast. Diet after diet, plan after plan—not one of them stuck-why? 1. 𝗧𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗲 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝗻𝗼 𝗳𝗿𝗲𝗲 𝗳𝗼𝗼𝗱𝘀—this is something I truly don’t understand from a nutritional science perspective. Every food has value. It doesn’t matter how “clean” it is or how nutrient dense, it still has calories, and macronutrients, that enter your body. Bananas, for example, are great but 2 medium bananas a day is about 270 calories and about 70g of carbs 😳 that’s all well and good if you are accounting for it but can make a big difference in whether or not the scale moves. 2. 𝗖𝗼𝗻𝘀𝘁𝗿𝗮𝗶𝗻𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗶𝗺𝗲 𝘁𝗼 𝗮 𝗰𝗲𝗿𝘁𝗮𝗶𝗻 𝗮𝗺𝗼𝘂𝗻𝘁 𝗼𝗳 𝗱𝗮𝘆𝘀/𝘄𝗲𝗲𝗸𝘀— so you do a 21 day challenge, a 30 day plan or whatever it may be. What’s the first thing you do on that 22nd, 31st or next day? Tell yourself you’re done. If you’ve reached your goals, okay 👍🏻 time to set a new one but, why are you going to demolish all the work you just put in? Body composition (whatever the goal) is an ongoing process that doesn’t really fall into a specific time constraint. That being said, challenges can be a helpful kick in the pants for some people but recognize that it's completion doesn't mean the end for you! 3. 𝗧𝗵𝗲𝘆 𝗴𝗶𝘃𝗲 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝘂𝗻𝗿𝗲𝗮𝗹𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗶𝗰 𝗲𝘅𝗽𝗲𝗰𝘁𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀— “Karen lost 20lbs in 30 days following our program!” Good for Karen. That’s an immense, unrealistic amount of weight that they put into someone’s head. It may happen-if you starve yourself and eat weird things but that doesn’t mean it’s good for you, that you should do it or that it helps you AT ALL for long term success. As well, you don’t lose 20lbs in 30 days because that’s stupid and now you feel bad about yourself. Not worth it 🙅🏻♀️ 4. 𝗜𝘁 𝘁𝗮𝗸𝗲𝘀 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗱𝗶𝗲𝘁 𝗳𝗿𝗼𝗺 𝟬-𝟭𝟬𝟬 𝗶𝗺𝗺𝗲𝗱𝗶𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗹𝘆 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗰𝗮𝗻’𝘁 𝗸𝗲𝗲𝗽 𝘂𝗽 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝗶𝘁 —whatever it is, it’s something different than you’re doing now or you wouldn’t have even considered it. Whether it’s eating different foods, planning more/differently, timing your meals—the demands will catch up quick and it will get old fast. One thing from before diet will creep in and the towel gets thrown in because it’s ruined. 5. 𝗧𝗵𝗲𝘆 𝗱𝗼𝗻’𝘁 𝘀𝗲𝘁 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝘂𝗽 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗟𝗜𝗙𝗘 —at a birthday party with Grandma Addies chocolate cake? You bet you should enjoy that once a year treat (if you really enjoy it!). Out to dinner and there’s bread on the table? Don’t watch everyone else gobble it down while you slice your tomato on your plate. In the scheme of things, your life matters first and foremost. There are times where goals come first but, that shouldn’t be 24/7/365. You can live a life of moderation, not deprivation, while still reaching your goals. Tell us-what’s the most ridiculous diet you've ever done?