There is a mental advantage to NOT avoiding certain foods.
The biggest is you don’t have a “naughty” list…take one nibble of an off limits food and it might set you into a tsunami, on another binge until you start over again.
So flexible dieting is popular because nothing is off limits.
Take low carb beer.
It’s “low carb” so it’s acceptable on your flexible diet and the boundaries you’ve set for yourself.
But, the simple fact is beer is mostly carbs, so it’s not low CARB beer, it’s low calorie beer.
Same with chocolate.
A small amount might be better than a lot, but there certainly has to be a happy medium where you can enjoy enough and still not go off the deep end, right?
The real reason people fail with flexible dieting isn’t because they can enjoy horrible beer, eat one Oreo, or half a pop tart.
IT’S BECAUSE THEY GET STUCK UNDER EATING
It happens with virtually every diet out there.
They want you to eat one Oreo all of the time. They want you to suck it up and eat super low calories and muster up the willpower to stick to it.
This does almost nothing, because it’s not real life.
While flexible dieting might be better than “naughty” and “nice” lists mentally, it’s only marginally so.
You still have to restrict your calories very low, which sets you up for a cycle of feeling guilty when you go over calories, tossing in the towel and binging, and then starting all over again.
This cycle ends up making you gain more weight than if you just ate “normal”, and you lose trust in yourself.
What people really want is what we teach: reach your goals and get to go back to a normal and slightly modified life.
Let’s be real, when someone starts a program like ours they have some bad habits. We clean those up and teach you better habits so you don’t have to live in calorie jail forever.
Our dieting cycles have flexibility built in, but you also have days where you can enjoy yourself.
We gradually bring your calories down so you can make the most progress for the longest amount of time. Then we cycle you out of it. These resets are where food normalizes.
Which then sets up to dominate your next diet cycle.
You’re not living in constant deprivation. You’re not sucking down diet cokes to ward off hunger pains. Your body is nourished, and you’ve made peace with food. You may even WANT to eat fruit instead of the pop tart.
So tell me, would you rather have one Oreo on your “flexible” diet, or a plate of spaghetti on date night? And that’s during the time where your calories are going down.
You have choices with your weight loss approach:
Option 1) drastically under eat the rest of your life
Option 2) Reach your goal and move back to relative normal, where you’re in control and trust yourself
That’s what Eat To Perform is and it not only makes as different, we are alone in understanding this basic concept related to human behavior and built our diet cycles around it.