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Diet Does Not Mean Deprivation

When you think about your physical self, what is the first thing that comes to mind? Have you lost weight or fat; Have you gained weight or fat? Are you happy with your physical self?

If you're not happy, most people's answer to this question could be, "well if you don't like what you see, then change it!"

Those people are not wrong, but of course your next mind goes to... "how"? Do I get a trainer? A plastic surgeon? Do I read blogs such as this to be told every antic in the book to try?

Then, to silence the noise in your brain you resort to one astounding decision, "I'll just go on a diet".

Now you're on a diet, but what does that mean? I ask all new clients this question when they tell me that they've tried different diets on and off. When I hear the word "diet", it makes me think, something temporary. Anyone can be on one, no matter what the goals are: Bodybuilding, fat loss, athletes. However, when you go on a diet, it sounds and feels like a punishment to your body. Why put your body in such a predicament?

Diet does not mean deprivation. Read that again! This is where self care comes in to place beautifully. Get to know yourself, try new foods that are healthy that you also enjoy. Learn how to cook in a way that makes sense to your body and taste buds. Changing the way you eat is a lifestyle change, not a temporary fix. Fitness enthusiasts praise the idea of a "cheat meal" or "cheat day". However, It's not cheating if you and your body have a clear understanding of healthy taste bud substitutes and it's something you've turned into a practice.

Diet does not mean deprivation. Burn more calories than you intake and there is your balance. So, the next time you look at yourself in the mirror, or think about your physical self in general, remember, if you don't like it, change it, with an eating lifestyle change, the rest will fall into place.

- Coach Fitbody Kellz

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