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Don’t Let Your Diet Control Your Life!

Why You Should Be Flexible With Your Diet

Posted by ColossusFitness - June 2nd, 2015


Flexibility is a huge factor that influences a sustainable & healthy diet. I didn’t go into as much depth as I would have liked to in regards to this topic, so I will now.


Good Foods – Bad Foods?

I strongly believe one of the main reasons dieting is so hard for a lot of people, is because they put labels on foods. They classify all types of food as ‘good’ or ‘bad’, for example. Think back to when you were a child and your parents told you not to do something… what did you usually do? You did just that thing. Similarly, when you’re told or you tell yourself you can’t have a certain food, you’ll want it. When this happens, once you get your hands on it, it’s a strong possibility binge eating will take place. Especially after restricting yourself from something you genuinely enjoy. Pizza alone will NOT make you fat. It’s the overconsumption and binging that does it for most people. Carbs alone will NOT make you fat. It’s the misinterpretation of how much you’re actually eating of it that throws most people off.


Don’t Let Your Diet Control Your Life

Next, you should make your diet fit your life, not make your life fit your diet... Pause and think about it for a minute. Your diet should not determine what you do throughout the day and it definitely should not affect the way you live. Especially those who are not looking to compete, but to simply cut down some fat. Far too many people get caught up in their diet that it starts to affect those around them. Ever seen someone turn down a birthday dinner for someone special because their diet didn’t allow for food a restaurant made? I have… Things like this occur often actually. This is where flexible dieting comes into play and can be very beneficial. All I’m trying to say is don’t be that person. Be flexible, and live your life. Life happens.


Prepare Meals That You Actually Enjoy Having

Lastly, if you are dreading your next meal, you should probably think about a new way to approach your diet. If you don’t actually enjoy what you eat, chances are you won’t be sticking to the program for very long. Too often people constantly eat foods they don’t enjoy because they are ‘healthy’ and they think it will suddenly help with weight loss. You DO NOT need to eat tilapia and broccoli to have a successful weight loss diet. Once again, be flexible, and follow the diet you can see yourself actually sticking to.


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Closing Up

If you are flexible with your diet and you eat the foods you actually enjoy while holding yourself accountable, you will be amazed at the results you will see and the progress you will make.


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- Kyle Grondin


Colossus Fitness “Don’t Compete. Dominate.”

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Brolle81
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When age hits you your sure miss the golden days when you could eat what ever when ever and not get fat.. I am not super strict now for the moment. When I was cutting I had one cheat day usually friday. The "cheat meal" could be a larger size meal then normal or half a bag of chips (yeah i know not optimal) but it kept up the will ot be strict for the other 6 days that week. Now being on surplus i still weigh and write down what I eat but I am not as strict anymore. Hardest part for me while cutting was family dinner with my kids I felt like I had to eat what they did in order not to give them a bad view on anything. Even though I much rather would have eaten something else more fitting. But that was adjusted with smaller meals and more veggies . 

Jimbabwe
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How often am I allowed to eat cheat meals?

crood  Edit  Delete  Close

@jimbabwe there is nothing wrong woth enjoying a piece of cake at a family gathering. As long as it's not going to become 10 pieces of cake, and dessert, and aunt Mimmy's selfmade creamsauce on top of everything :P Your body will cope with it, if it's an "exception", but if it becomes a habbit again you will see weightgains for sure.

Jimbabwe  Edit  Delete  Close

Yeah I usually don't eat complete junk unless I'm at a family gathering, which is when I'll eat some cake. Whenever I'm eating out which is usually on vacation or when I visit my family, I fit my macros with subway or chipotle and at home, I eat as healthy as I can.

philflorey
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Great article with a great message! Life happens. Enjoy it, rather than letting it pass you by. I also agree with the comments below about eating foods that make you feel good after eating them, and not like you're being weighed down by manufactured food. Thanks for posting!

ColossusFitness  Edit  Delete  Close

i agree with that as well! don't get me wrong, majority of my macro nutrient intake come from foods that make me feel good! thanks for the comment :)

Scott_Herman  Edit  Delete  Close

I agree, and to be honest some foods I like to eat, such as sweets, don't make me feel good so I stay away. :)

Hawk_Given
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Good read!  I needed to be reminded not to let my diet control me so that I'm more inclined to binge eat on occasion and not participate in eating out with friends.

ColossusFitness  Edit  Delete  Close

so true man, i honestly couldn't agree with you more! it's a lifestyle!

NutritionMax
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Yeah, what a great message. I wish people caught on to this more... "have your diet fit your LIFE" 

NilsFearons
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Flexible dieting is the way forward, I get to eat all the things I love! (in moderation)

ColossusFitness  Edit  Delete  Close

key words most people don't is 'in moderation'. you got it bro! 

jcgadfly
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Thanks for this. I went through a bit of food paranoia when I hit the 60 lb wieght loss mark - I got to the point that I was second guessing everything I put into my mouth. It took me a while to understand that I can still eat. I just don't always have to eat like it's my last meal.

ColossusFitness  Edit  Delete  Close

you're very right man, well we're glad you're doing well! it's all about consistency and moderation in my opinion :)

JoeHurricane
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Enjoying what you eat is a great point too. People make it seem like a chore to eat healthy food, so then on their chosen 'cheat day' or 'cheat meal', they go overboard because they feel like they have been deprived.

When you enjoy plain foods, you can still enjoy a nice meal that isn't necessarlliy 'clean' without having to binge, because you're really eating food you enjoy all the time!

Awesome article Kyle! @colossusfitness

ColossusFitness  Edit  Delete  Close

Just like how we had a fun weekend and didnt go insane!

Scott_Herman  Edit  Delete  Close

Yeah I agree.  I love my food.  It makes me feel and look my best, the taste is a bi-product @joehurricane

jmboiardi
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I agree but also somewhat disagree.  The reasons foods are labeled "bad" and "good" in my opinion has to do with what they do to you metabolically not calorically.  Too many people view food strictly in calories and think one food is bad because it has too much sugar, etc.  While this may be true holistically, it misses the point.  Many people view fruit as bad as it has too much sugar.  Metabolically, fructose obtained from whole fruit is processed entirely differently than fructose in fruit juice or in foods containing man-made high fructose corn syrup.  The same goes for fat.  Saturated fat, monosaturated fat, and polyunsaturated fats and cholesterol from NATURAL sources are essential for good health.  Man-made, processed, and un-natural fats like soybean and corn oil are bad.  While I agree you shouldn't let diet rule your life, you still need to train your body and mind to desire wholesome foods.  You can't do this if you don't avoid foods that will derail you metabolically even if you enjoy them or they make eating easier.  This is just my opinion and not meant to be dogmatic or critical.

Scott_Herman  Edit  Delete  Close

That's exactly how I feel when I eat frozen pizza @crood

crood  Edit  Delete  Close

and you can defenitally feel the difference in how you "feel" when eating them. At least from my personal experience. A frozen pizza product makes you feel heavy and your stomach feels like having stones in them, while eating wholesome foods feels completely different, also in the length of time they give you energy. All those high sugar processed food items just spike your energy for a moment and all the rest get's stuffed into fat storage. :S

Scott_Herman  Edit  Delete  Close

I love how you always see things from the cup half full bro.  Makes me always have a better perspective on things.

Scott_Herman
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I agree.  I don't eat plain foods because I have to for gains, it's just how I prefer to eat.  Makes my life easier in terms of time and prep.

Great article @colossusfitness!

ColossusFitness  Edit  Delete  Close

Defintely makes sense Scott, thanks bro!