Every time I sit down to write about the word diet I think to myself “Hasn’t everything already been said?” The answer would seem to be most probably yes.
Being a health coach – trainer, diet coach, therapist, movement analyst, movement specialist… I gladly wear lots of hats… I try to stay in touch with the various diet communities on the web, Facebook groups, blogs, YouTube pages etc. With all of the “diet” related information only a few key strokes away, I am baffled that people still seem so confused and misinformed. The questions haven’t changed, “How many calories, how many carbs, how much fat, how much protein, when should I eat? High carb, low carb, no carb, high protein, low protein? Ugh…
Diet is nothing more than a word that describes the energy consumption of a living organism. You could say “a plants diet consists of water, sunlight, and soil nutrients”… You get my point. People seem to think of “Diet” in terms of a thing that can be done. “What diet are you on?” “How about this or that diet…?” “This is the diet that works for me”
Therein lies the problem; A diet is not a thing to be had or done or conquered and especially not finished or ended.
All life is wired to take in and then radiate energy to sustain itself; energy consumption ebbs and flows within a dynamic open system. Think of our solar system… everything looks kind of chaotic and random, but we know that there is a balance to things, or else we would not be here. This balance or system is very dynamic, able to make adjustments on the fly, absorbing and correcting, maintaining equilibrium.
It makes no sense to think of the energy balance of our solar system as a thing that can be had, done, conquered or finished and it makes no sense to reduce the health our magnificent open biological system to one very misunderstood word.
My intent here was not to address the how’s and why’s only to spark a new line of thought surrounding the current weight loss and health paradigm. I will however attempt to enlighten and maybe entertain everyone in the near future, with an in depth look at how I approach weight loss and health for myself and my trainees.