⭐ Today’s topic // Food Language

GymHippie | Fat Loss & Body Shaping Strategies @ Buzz Gym - Reading, Berkshire

I’ve always thought how we talk & think about food is important ? And perhaps Easter – with all those chocolate eggs lying around! – is a great time is discuss it!

Sure, we could be working HARD on our relationship with food; but, if we’re to truly re-wire our habits and sustainably propel ourselves forwards fat-loss, I believe we must first master goal-supportive food language ?

Without it, we run the risk of long-term relationship troubles – potentially able to trigger feelings towards guilt, shame & frustration ? Not where we want to be – or need to be!

Here are a few  unhelpful  fat-loss & health-related terms I’d like to see gone ⬇️

1️⃣  GOOD  ?// Fundamentally, food is not good or bad; there no morality involved – it’s just food ?

2️⃣  BAD  ?// See above! Again, don’t beat yourself up. Maybe we ‘indulged a little’, had a ‘calorie heavy’  weekend; or didn’t make ‘healthy’ food choices. But food isn’t bad ?

3️⃣  RUINED  ?// As in:‘Ohhh, I ate a doughnut, I’ve ruined my diet!’ ? You really haven’t! Remember, no-one ever gained body-fat from eating ONE doughnut. Fat-loss happens over a much longer period of time – and it’s a number crunching game. If we spend a few hundred calories of our daily budget on a delicious doughnut, we simply need to be mindful of portion size for the rest of the day – or even the rest of the week ? Draw a line, return to normal eating & we’ll still be on track ?

4️⃣  NAUGHTY  ?// As with good & bad, there’s no morality with food. It’s OUR calorie budget, if we want a handful of M&M’s – then cool! Just don’t forget about the budget ? Ditching words like naughty & bad will disempower that annoying voice inside our head that ALWAYS makes us feel guilty for eating calorie-dense foods!

5️⃣  TREAT  ?// For me, treat hints at naughty – again, what’s with all judgement? ? Flexible Dieting (the core component of my MINDFUL EATING STRATEGY) is built on the 80/20 principle – i.e. as long as roughly 80% of our food choices are veggies ?, fruits ?, whole grains ?, lean meats ? & healthy fats ? – then we’re likely to be moving in the right direction. Enjoy your cookie! ?

6️⃣  GUILT-FREE  ?// Guilty… seriously? ? We’re human, and hard wired to crave sugar, fats & salt – sure, it sucks sometimes ? especially when our will-power levels are low. But the headline is that over-eating happens. Draw a line & get back on track. No crime or offence has been committed – there is nothing to feel guilty about

7️⃣  DETOX  ?// ‘Detoxing’ for fat-loss has gained great popularly over the past few years. However, not only is there is no compelling evidence to suggest that detox diets support fat-loss, from a toxin removal perspective, the body already has built-in systems through which it eliminates toxins – namely via the kidneys, liver, colon & respiratory system. Basically, in my opinion, it’s marketing tosh! Save your money. That said, what detox drinks DO offer is health-promotion via lots of vitamins, minerals & antioxidants – as they’re usually packed with vegetables & fruits ??

8️⃣  CHEAT  ?// Cheated on what, exactly? ? Bit heavy don’t you think! If we’re Flexible Dieting, there’s nothing to cheat on. The occasional ice cream means you’re still being faithful to your nutrition ?

For me, even the word healthy is often used inappropriately – commonly mistaken for meaning low-in-calories! Remember, healthy implies plenty of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants etc – i.e. the food is health promoting. It says nothing about calorie content. And although healthy foods ARE often calorie-friendly, they aren’t always – think avocado, nuts, seeds, humous & nut butters

In my opinion, more goal-supportive food language would be describing foods as ⬇️

I.e. how many calories does the food contain? How expensive is it calorie-wise?

I.e. to what extent are the calories are health-promoting? e.g. vitamin & mineral content

GymHippie | Fat Loss & Body Shaping Strategies @ Buzz Gym - Reading, Berkshire

Stay awesome & keep going! ?

Luke x

GymHippie | Fat Loss & Body Shaping Strategies @ Buzz Gym - Reading, Berkshire
GymHippie | Fat Loss & Body Shaping Strategies @ Buzz Gym - Reading, Berkshire

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