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Fad Diets

This is a post I have been wanting to make for a while...

Disclaimer: Every body is different and I am not here to tell you what you should and shouldn't do. The goal is to share my education to help you make the right decision for yourself. At the end of the day you need to do what is going to make you feel good!

Fad diets are very prominent in the media. From 7 day fasts to 30 day diets, they are all highlighted as the "answer" to your weight loss struggles. They are looked at as a "quick fix" to help you reach your goals when in reality it is a lifestyle and there are no quick fixes! Examples of fad diets are the paleo diet, juice cleanses, the keto diet, etc.

While completing my healthy living and weight loss coach certification, fad diets were a hot topic of discussion. Prior to educating myself on the topic, I had tried a few different fad diets (mostly multiple juice cleanses) and went through a lot of trial and error. During the course we discussed the impacts of these diets mentally and physically and I was able to relate. With that said, I wanted to share some of that insight with you.

What is not mentioned when advertising these diets is what happens after them. The biggest problem is that they are not sustainable. Once you return back to regular eating habits, it is likely that any progress you have made will become redundant. However, it is not recommended to continue these diets after the suggested length for your safety and health. Food is fuel and we need to fuel our bodies properly to have the best outcome. When cutting out different nutrients, your body starts to lack what it needs. It can be very discouraging when these diets don't work out the way they are promised. If you are someone who has been very discouraged from them, please know you are not alone.

Again, if it works for you then it works for you. We are all very different. Regardless of how you choose to approach your healthy living journey, I am sure you will crush it! You've got this!

To lighten the mood, it is not all or nothing! In other words, there is a way to find balance. There are healthy alternatives and substitutes for foods that still taste just as delicious. Take these protein banana bites as an example. They taste just as good as a sweet treat but actually contain multiple important nutrients to help fuel your body right. I will add the recipe below!

Let's get focused!

Protein Banana Bites:

Mix peanut butter and protein powder in a bowl. Add a tiny bit of water if you need to soften the mixture. Cut up 2-3 bananas into slices. Make mini banana sandwiches. Freeze for 1 hour. Melt dark chocolate chips with a some coconut oil. Drizzle on top of the banana sandwiches and freeze for another 15-30mins! Enjoy!

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