Let’s face it, we have all been there, you diet too long and too aggressively and then one day you find yourself at the Cheesecake Factory, with a 1500 calorie entree, 2000 calorie piece of cheesecake and a bottle of wine. When you are done the guilt feels bad but let’s be real, you kind of needed relief.
The way most diets work is you are sort of set up for failure, left to our own resources we would all choose as aggressive as possible as long as possible but does that really work. Let’s take a look at a few examples:
With yo yo dieting the above scenario has you usually up 3-5 pounds after one meal, maybe you can pull it back together but most people don’t so they end up gaining back all the weight they lost plus some. Part of this is because they started avoiding the scale in these moments which turns things from bad to worse.
The other important part of why your body gains so much weight is that it’s not ready for that amount of food just yet. The one meal example is mostly water and sodium but if you didn’t stop there your body is prone for fat storage as measure of protection. This is known as insulin sensitivity (which is a good thing most of the time but can be bad when your metabolism isn’t ready for that amount of calories).
When you compare that to Eat To Perform there is no comparison, essentially you are REVERSING the stages that allowed you to lose weight while increasing metabolism (once your dieting cycle is over and that is VERY defined). While it’s not uncommon for weight to begin to fluctuate more it’s certainly not the kind of weight gain you get from bingeing and losing control for weeks, months or even years.
There are really only two scenarios in play here, the scenario I just described or feeling like you are in diet jail eating low calories forever, plateauing and ultimately feeling hopeless as it relates to your body composition.
This is why viewing your dieting as stage is so important because it allows you to take charge of your life as food comes back and movement becomes easier (you weigh less) and food normalizes (more energy=more work=better body composition).
Try not to forget this, in the yo yo dieting scenario we all know the complications that can result from that. In the under eating all of the time scenario its difficult to feel in charge of your fate.
With Eat To Perform we put you back in charge both in the dieting phases but also when you are normalizing food.
That’s the difference.
I will write another version of this here in a few days for people that come to us under eating.