What is Lifestyle Dieting? – CN 1.1
In this Collective Nutrition video, we go to the foundations of Lifestyle Dieting. While the term lifestyle diet can be confusing at times it has two denotations. A diet is the means by which you eat, be it weight loss, muscle gain, etc. A lifestyle constitutes the approach you take to your life, in this respect eating.
We start off by looking at 3 Benefits to Lifestyle Dieting. Then we proceed to look at the difference between Counting Calories and Intuitive Eating.
Finally, the video finishes by providing you with the 3 Keys to Following a Lifestyle Diet.
3 Benefits to Lifestyle Dieting
1) A Balanced Diet
A lifestyle diet is well-versed and void of any nutritional deficiencies. This means that you are able to meet all of the requirements you need for macronutrients (protein, carbs, and fat) as well as micronutrients. If you are following a lifestyle diet this also implies that you will meet these nutritional requirements in a manner that also reflects your personal lifestyle.
2) Less Stress About Food
Lifestyle dieting will also provide with much-appreciated dietary reprieve. This means you can enjoy food without feeling guilty afterward, you can experiment with various food types, and treat yourself to desserts.
3) Enjoy Having a Life
Following suit to lower stress, related to stress. You are allowed to enjoy having a social life, drink, go out to eat, and never miss out on the special moments in life (i.e. dinners, weddings, etc.).
It’s important to note that lifestyle dieting does not mean that you will be 100% relaxed and forget about your goals. This means that you will utilize a lifestyle diet to compliment and enhance your life while still working towards your goals (i.e. fat loss, muscle gain, etc.). To do this there are two common methods we can look at the allow you enjoy having a life while still working towards your goals.
Counting Calories v. Intuitive Eating
Counting calories is a technique in which you utilize nutritional information about food to determine your caloric, macronutrient, and micronutrient intake. For those who are extremely analytical, this technique is extremely useful.
By counting your calories you are able to be quantitative about your nutrition goals. You can be accurate about the specific intakes; what’s even better is you can utilize a food scale to make this method even more accurate.
While counting calories is an extremely useful technique it is not without its drawbacks. If you utilize a calorie counting app, such as MyFitnessPal, you’ll come to learn that eating out can be quite difficult. You’ll spend a lot of time trying to determine if the food you are eating is actually the food you found. Searching something like “Chicken Alfredo” will come up with numerous different results that range anywhere from 250-600 calories.
Additionally, if you are one that stresses about numbers and is a perfectionist when it comes to your diet counting calories can consume you rather than aid you.
Before moving on, I want to emphasize that if you have been in a caloric deficit for an extended period of time. Your bodies resistance to continued fat loss increases drastically. While there are numerous techniques to mitigate this drop in fat loss potential. If you are suffering from a fat loss plateau it won’t really matter if you consume 2000, 1500, or 1000 calories to reach your fat loss goal. Your body will not permit you to continue losing weight when your fat loss potential is essentially nonexistent.
Intuitive eating is a great technique that I would associate with taking the shackles off. There is no tracking, there is no strict dietary protocol to this approach. Intuitive eating, rather, centers around the relationship between you and your body. This means you listen to your body and its needs rather than follow a strict diet.
For those who are looking to improve their body awareness or decrease your stress associated with eating; this technique is extremely useful. As it provides you with plenty of freedom and also allows you to become more in tune with your body.
That being said, for those who are really looking to reach a specific goal, this may not be the best method for you. For those who need structure and direction, intuitive eating may provide you with too much freedom.
What’s most important is that you really think about what you need to be successful when it comes to lifestyle dieting. Be it counting calories or intuitive eating, you know your body best and you know how you respond to varied levels of freedom. At the end of the day, choose whatever method will provide you with the most success, make your happiest, and allow your body to be as happy as you are.
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