If you are wondering if Flexible Dieting is for you, take a moment to read Laura’s story. I began working with her April 4, 2016. At that time, Laura weighed 157 lbs. I started her eating 1559 calories a day with her daily macro numbers being Carbs 145/Fats 50/Protein 132. She planned her own meals and learned how to make food work FOR her. She met her goal of 135 lbs. early 2017 and I immediately started her on Reverse Dieting once she hit 134 lbs. Today, Laura eats 1862 calories with her daily numbers being Carbs 197/Fats 66/Protein 120….and maintains her weight between 132-135 lbs! She feels healthy and strong at her current body weight, which is the ultimate goal of flexible dieting. Congratulations Laura! You ROCK!
Before being introduced to flexible dieting, I thought the only way to lose weight and get healthy was to ‘eat clean’. I will admit I was really nervous starting this program. All I really knew was how to avoid carbs. I let myself believe that carbs were the enemy and my body did not do well with carbs, so I feared them. Paleo and Whole 30 were my life and I learned to truly love that life. I’m not knocking those methods down at all. They both work well and I did see results with both; however, I was limited with what I could eat. I love veggies and lean meats, but I also love, donuts, pasta, and pizza as much as the next person. Eating clean allowed me to have a cheat meal here and there…but sometimes those lead to two, three, or four. Having to recover from that, was not much fun. However, I thought that was the only way for me. After so many cheat meals which soon led to days, and 0 workouts. I found myself back up in weight and so very slow and weak in the gym. A lot of this was due to changes in my life that were happening and things I let take over. After realizing just how bad I let myself go, I needed to snap out of it and get back on my healthy lifestyle with NO excuses! Because eating clean was all I knew and it worked for me so well in the past, that’s how I planned to start my journey. But before I began, I heard people around me in the gym talking about how they could eat what they wanted as long as it fit their macros. What the heck is a macro and how do I get those? I wanted to enjoy a donut or a cupcake at a birthday party. I wanted to eat pizza and still get fit like the people around me. I made myself believe it was only because they already had muscle and could afford to indulge. The more muscle you have, the more you can eat, right?! Everything I thought I knew about getting fit and these people are eating the foods I wish I could.
So, I said, “what the heck, I’ll try flexible dieting! I couldn’t shake the guilt and feelings of failure when I fell off the clean eating wagon again and again. What do I have to lose?” If this method doesn’t work, it doesn’t work for me, and I will just keep doing what I know best. So, in April of 2016 I reached out to Diana. She set my numbers and told me to be patient at the start. It was okay to mess up at first, until I got the hang of it. I remember clearly, “don’t be afraid to eat carbs”, she said. Diana knew, she knew exactly what I was thinking before even starting. She sent me a list of food selections and she was at my beckin call daily. She answered all my questions and doubts. She motivated me to keep going when I got stuck or frustrated with the scale. I was not used to weighing myself every day, but that was for her use, not mine. The first couple months I lost….and I was doing great. Then life happened again. I wasn’t planning my days like I should, and I was having to eat most of my foods in the evening. I received a text from Diana. It had been a while since she had seen me or heard from me. She wanted to check up. Was I still logging? I told her the truth. I was, but I wasn’t eating everything. I was honest. She was so understanding and told me to do the best I can. Something about her reaching out, made me feel so much better, and I stepped it up a bit. I tried harder. Diana wasn’t just a coach, she cared. I was able to get back to it and during my slight pause, I did not gain! What? I was shocked, but it was the motivation I needed to keep going. I had some hiccups along the way, but in the end, I am over 20 lbs lighter and through it all I kept my muscle. Suddenly NO food was off limits. I was bound only by my personal preferences. This method does not heavily restrict calories either; it encourages a moderate deficit for sustainable fat loss (if that is your goal). I can and do make most of my favorite foods fit, just by tweaking quantities. I can enjoy meals with my family, instead of preparing our favorites and then going without. I have stopped binging on junk, because I can have it in my daily intake, if I choose to. I now have a much healthier attitude toward food, simply because nothing is restricted.
I’ve learned so much about food and flexible dieting in general. On top of eating what I want, I see gainz! My body has changed and keeps changing. My proudest accomplishment in the gym, is I’m so much closer to doing a pull up then I have EVER been in my life. Thank you Diana, for not only being a coach, but a friend through this journey!